Southfield, MI (248) 354-6640

29080 Inkster Road

Southfield, MI 48034

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Jill E. Sackman, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Behavioral Medicine

Specialist, Board Certified in Veterinary Surgery - Clinician, Behavioral Medicine Service

On The Job

As a member of 4-H, Dr. Jill Sackman grew up raising and showing horses, rabbits and chickens, and her family has always included dogs and cats. Her desire to pursue a career in science and veterinary medicine was encouraged as a teenager when her uncle, a biology professor at the University of Colorado, introduced her to polio vaccine creator Jonas Salk, MD.

Dr. Sackman is a board-certified veterinary surgeon, and she has worked side-by-side with human surgeons exploring causes of cardiovascular diseases, a special interest of hers. She spent several years in research and development at Johnson & Johnson where she led a team of veterinarians and engineers in developing cutting-edge medical products.

Fascinated by cognition and behavior in all species, she is now pursuing residency training in veterinary behavior under the mentorship of one of the first board-certified veterinary behaviorists in the country. Dr. Sackman is focusing on the human-animal bond as well as ways veterinarians can continuously improve the quality of life of their patients. Particularly interested in early detection and treatment of canine aggression, she works with pets’ families to help them build strong early relationships with their pets including basic “life skills,” socialization and home enrichment.

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Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Residency, Small Animal Surgery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Bachelor of Arts, Biology, Oakland University, Rochester MI

Off Duty

Dr. Sackman volunteers giving talks and workshops on animal behavior for dog clubs and horse groups. She provides coaching, mentoring and leadership development through professional organizations such as the Healthcare Business Women’s Association.

Her house and barn are full of animals. She trains and shows her three French bulldogs in rally, obedience, agility and AKC conformation: Georgie was her first AKC conformation champion; Theodore is George’s younger brother; and Rosie is her clicker training certification dog. She has one more “French bulldog” named Willow who is actually a Tonkinese cat who thinks she’s a French bulldog.

Dr. Sackman also trains and shows her two dressage horses: Nyewyn, a Grand Prix dressage pony who successfully competed at the highest levels of dressage and was high score at the National Pony Dressage Championships in Lexington in 2014; and Galiano, aka Leo, an Arabian/Hanoverian gelding.

In addition to spending time with all of her animals, Dr. Sackman loves jazz, the symphony and theatre.

Select Articles and Publications

VIDEO: Interactive toys for dogs

VIDEO: House training your puppy

VIDEO: Can your pet love the vet?

VIDEO: Cat enrichment

Medication for the Anxious, Fearful Dog and Cat

Feline Aggression

Introduction to Pearl’s Pupdates

Pearl’s Pupdates: How to housetrain your puppy

Pearl’s Pupdates: All about puppy chewing and toys

Relieving firework anxiety in dogs

Pearl’s Pupdates: Crate training your puppy

Pearl’s Pupdates: Teaching your puppy basic commands

Interactive toys for dogs

Cat enrichment

Myth or fact: You can’t teach old dogs new tricks

How to train your cat - and why you should

How to build a "catio" - a patio for your cat

Eight tips for socializing your dog or puppy

Aggression in Cats

Aggression in Dogs

Separation anxiety in dogs and cats

Is My Dog Tired Or Just Really Bored?

Do Dogs Recognize Dogs Of The Same Breed?

Do Dogs Get Depressed Just Like People?

Do Dogs And Cats Really Hate Each Other?

What Do Dogs Dream About?

Do Dogs Really Get Jealous?

Do Dogs Get Anxiety Just Like People?