Veterinary Practice Transitions Client Testimonials

In the past three years alone, the Ackerman Group has helped more than 130 veterinary practice owners successfully transition their businesses. See for yourself what they have to say.

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Not only was he able to get us a deal, we got an AMAZING deal!

My wife and I owned a small practice in the middle of nowhere Arizona. After 20+ years, we were looking to retire. However, we could not find anyone to sell our 2 doctor practice to (our associate is good, but did not want the added burden of being an owner). Even when to the “Big” transaction people, who basically told me that being geographically challenged there was a likelihood of 5 years to never before we might find a buyer.

Then, at a Veterinary conference we stumbled across Gary. He told us “no problem” – he could bundle our practice with others and get this done. We were – to say the least – skeptical. But, having no other options, we decided to go for it, and signed on.

That is where the WOW comes in. Not only was he able to get us a deal, we got an AMAZING deal. More $$$$ than we ever dared dreamed of. Literally – our deal was 3 times what we and others were expecting. THREE TIMES.

This was 18 months ago. And you know what, those 18 months have not been bad! Seriously, we still run the clinic the way we always have, with little to no interference from the Corporation that bought us. With this freedom, we are now expecting even MORE $$$$ due to the “earn out” inserted in our contract.

Because of Gary and the Ackerman Group, we will be able to ride off into the sunset, knowing that the clinic will continue on, and instead of riding off in style, we are FLYING off with Champagne wishes and Caviar dreams!!!!!!

Thank you GARY!!

Dr. Keith Lange
Lange Veterinary Center

No way I could have acquired a better deal

Gary and everyone at the Ackerman Group are just the best. They have assembled a professional team that will guide you through the sale process and educate you throughout. They make sure that not only do you get the best possible fit and deal, but provide family and financial planning surrounding perhaps the largest financial transaction in your life. I found them to be responsive to all my questions and concerns. There is no way I could have acquired a better deal without their advice and services.

Dr. Steven Hibler
Cinco Ranch Veterinary Hospital

Gave Us Confidence In Selling

I was trying to evaluate all the exit strategy scenarios in front of me and at the same time being fair to those that have worked for me as well as those whom wanted to follow in my ownership footsteps. Having been approached by a few reputable consolidation companies with generous promises, I quickly realized that to evaluate the nuances for a deal going forward, that the best all around offer was beyond my pay scale.
Having been introduced to Gary Ackerman through a colleague, he quickly and fully empathized with the task at hand and promised a means to an end that one might only dream of achieving by oneself. The ability to become involved with other veterinary groups in the sale and transition permitted the plethora of views and concerns to be expressed in an informal manner which in the end, gave us confidence in selling to the corporation that best met all our needs.
Gary, and the Ackerman group, we are all very appreciative of where you have taken us. Speaking for myself and my family, cannot say enough praises. Perfect timing for me. Gladly paying those taxes.

Dr. David Hadland
Shinnecock Animal Hospital

Phenomenal Team of Professionals

All practice owners have put sweat blood and tears to build their veterinary practices. When time comes to sell, you need to make tough life changing decisions. I was introduced to Dr. Gary Ackerman by a friend of mine. Selling a practice can be a daunting job if you don’t have someone watching your interest 100%. Gary’s team is superb in all aspect of veterinary practice transition . He will guide and coach the process every step of the way, that you can trust and not worry about the transition. He got us excellent price and terms . We are highly satisfied and pleased and will recommend his team to anybody who is considering to sell.

Dr. Jagpal Deo
South Bay Veterinary Hospital


I honestly can’t say enough about Gary and his group. I utilized a highly recommended local “non-veterinary” groups to assist me in my transition until I learned of Ackerman Group. I reluctantly signed with Ackerman group while local business owners told me to stick with the group here in town. The difference between the two groups was remarkable! Gary’s group educated me and walked me through the process with a far better outcome than I would have had staying with the local group or doing it on my own. They were committed to making it happen in whatever time frame was suitable to me. Their process was streamlined and efficient and the outcome was exactly what they projected it would be. Gary personally stayed involved throughout the entire transaction and even stepped in to assist me in negotiating with my local bank to refinance my property when that was only a side note to the agreement and not part of his contractual obligation to me. The company he presented to me was one I had never even heard of and now four months into the sale, I am super pleased with the new owners and impressed with how they run my company. After 24 years of running my own company and putting my heart and soul into it, I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome!

Dr. Anjanette Cabeza
Doral Centre Animal Hospital

Had a Wonderful Experience

I must start by saying that I have known Gary since his veterinary school days back in the early 1980’s. I was a graduate student when he was in vet school. Our paths did not cross for many years, until my business partner and I started looking at exit strategies for our group practice (5 hospitals in the Charlotte, NC region). I had a friend who sold his practice with the help of Gary’s group and he referred me to Gary for a conversation. After catching up on 30 years of life, we got started talking about exit strategies for our group. It was daunting to learn all of the things that I did not know and to discover the questions I needed to answer before moving forward. Gary’s group provided Sunday evening sessions for what seemed like 6 months (really more like 2-3 months) with a new topic each week. These sessions were extremely helpful in getting us up to speed on the ins and outs of selling a practice. Then we used Gary to help us evaluate our practice and decide which buying entity would work best for group. It took a lot of hand holding at times and a lot of back and forth negotiations to get the right deal for us, but Gary was there the whole way. We are now in a JV (joint venture – listen to Gary’s talk about these) with VPP and have had a wonderful experience. We got a much better agreement and purchase price using Gary and his team than we had gotten with previous offers. Thank you Gary and all of his team!

Dick Hay, Partner
Total Bond Veterinary Hospitals PC

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