Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ackerman received his veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College (Canada), and board certification from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (Emeritus). In addition to his veterinary credentials, Dr. Ackerman also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration from Purdue University and is a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA) through the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). He has extensive experience within the profession, with prior involvement in industry, private practice, academia, writing, and lecturing. He has authored several books (including Five-Minute Veterinary Practice Management Consult, Pet-Specific Care, Behavior Problems of the Dog & Cat, The Genetic Connection, and Atlas of Small Animal Dermatology), and has lectured extensively on a global basis, on topics in both medicine and management.


Deep and rich knowledge of global veterinary needs and markets, including primary-care practice, specialty medicine, industry, and academia. Cross-functional leadership experience in business management, strategic planning, service differentiation, marketing, business development, and professional collaboration.
Has lectured extensively at veterinary events, including World Veterinary Congress, World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress, World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology, North American Veterinary Conference, American Animal Hospital Association, North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum, Western Veterinary Congress, Central Veterinary Congress, British Small Animal Veterinary Association

Accomplished author/co-author of many important veterinary texts, including Five-Minute Veterinary Practice Management Consult, Pet-Specific Care, Genetic Connection, Atlas of Small Animal Dermatology, and many others

DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Canada

DACVD, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

MPA, Master in Public Administration, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts

MBA, Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona

ODA, Ontario Diploma in Agriculture - Animal Production, University of Guelph

BSc, Bachelor of Science, University of Western Ontario, Canada (Dean’s Honours)


CVPA, Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration, Purdue University/AAHA

CVA, Certified Valuation Analyst, National Association of Certified Valuators & Analysts

TEFL, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (120 hours), University of Toronto

Certified Property & Casualty Insurance Adviser

Certified Property & Casualty Insurance Producer

MRCVS, Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK

Licensed to practice veterinary medicine in the USA, Canada, and the UK

Career History

Most of my career has been spent as an independent consultant, author and lecturer, with extensive experience in practice, and stints in industry and academia.

My career history also includes being Director of Veterinary Business Solutions at Zoetis, and then Veterinary Specialty Director, where I was responsible for supporting the profession, primarily as a professional liaison and recognized expert in both medicine and business.

Prior to joining Zoetis, I was Dermatology Chief at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, as well as consulting and lecturing globally through my own consulting firms. Before that, I was a clinician in both specialty and primary-care practice. I bring a unique perspective to situations in being a recognized expert in both medicine and business management.

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