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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It is Very Rewarding

I would be delighted to share my journey with you. Although I have been contemplating this for about 1 1/2-2 years – I officially began last year – went through Covid and everything in between. I’m sure you have heard this before – but, nothing really prepares you for this process – it is truly unique but the end result – if you are diligent, know what you goals are going into the process and you seek alignment with your partners – it is very rewarding. I will tell you this: I have considered myself an astute business person before beginning this process. What I realized: how much I did not know. Without Gary and his team – I would have probably taken an offer for about 1/3 less than what I received. More importantly, the things I was able to secure and the things I’m going to be able to do professionally (truly a dream come true) – would never have occurred without Gary’s counsel and help.

Dan Markwalder, DVM
Animal Care Clinic of Hoffman Estates
Animal Care Clinic of Fox Valley
Millbrook Animal Care Clinic
Animal Care Clinic of Randall Point
Pingree Grove

Kept Our Best Interests in Mind

We both truly appreciate all the help you have given us in the selling of the businesses – we feel you have been honest, upfront and always kept our best interests in mind when negotiating the sales. We are happy to act as references anytime someone is interested in hearing our story.

LeeAnn DuMars, DVM
Pet Medical Center & Spa
Fresno Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center

Ackerman Group Delivered

Simply put, the Ackerman Group delivered.  I made more money, got better terms, and had a much smoother experience by selling my practice with the Ackerman Group than if had gone it alone.  They covered their fees many times over with a higher purchase price, while providing a team of experts to evaluate my financials, market my practice, effectively negotiate the sale price, provided for an excellent legal team that was able to deliver superior terms on the sale, post sale employment, and ongoing incentive options.  This wasn’t my first practice sale, but it was by far the best results.  I am very happy with the experience and would highly recommend the Ackerman Group to anyone considering the sale of a Veterinary Practice.  In this rapidly moving Veterinary Practice market, you need experts on your side to help negotiating, explain the details, and close the deal.  I’d recommend it be the Ackerman Group.

Peter Mangold, DVM
Alamo Animal Hospital

A Team of Experienced Specialists

“As a vet, thoroughly researching my cases is critical to success of my cases. So when I started looking at the possibility of merging with a corporation, I took the same approach to finding a partner. Coming to the conclusion that corporate partnership would be the next step in my path was easy as it meant that retirement was guaranteed, and with the power of the larger pool of hospitals, I was capable of more. The real challenge was how much and who.

During the process of interviewing companies to learn their philosophies and get first offers, I met Dr Ackerman. I had several good offers, and honestly I thought it was crazy to pay a broker. I was wrong.

After listing with Gary, doors were opened that I was not able to open for myself. The offers I got were higher and more creative to meet my individual needs.

In the end I got my dream partner. A company I love, who loves me and was willing to create a niche that was tailor made for me for the price I wanted.

But it didn’t stop there- Gary introduced me to an experienced team of specialists who were knowledgeable about veterinary practice sales so that I had the most experienced representation in the industry to make sure the contract protected me and that the taxes were managed to my advantage.”

~ Sherry Weaver – Towne Lake Animal Hospital, Woodstock, GA

Personal Attention and a Higher Sale price

“In 2018 Dr. Gary Ackerman represented me in the sale of my veterinary practice to PetVet Care Centers. The price I received for my practice was substantially higher than expected, and would have received, had the transaction taken place through a traditional practice broker. I attribute this due to Dr. Ackerman’s exceptional skill, knowledge and experience.

My practice was a solo practitioner private practice which made it less likely to be purchased by a national corporation. It is noteworthy that even though I had a smaller practice, Dr. Ackerman always invested ample and considerable time, effort and attention despite the fact that most veterinary corporations purchasing practices are usually only interested in the larger multi DVM practices. Gary always was very accessible, knowledgeable, capable and available whenever I needed him.

I’d highly recommend him for the future sale of a veterinary practice if you are considering doing so.”

~ Roger Paulson, DVM

Valuable Knowledge, Complete Professionalism

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Gary on numerous transitions over the years and have participated in many educational events with him as well. I find Gary to be extremely knowledgeable, thorough, and professional in all of my experiences with him. As a former doctor, he has an especially valuable knowledge of the veterinary industry, what makes a practice profitable/successful, and what a potential seller can do now to make his/her practice more financially valuable in a sale situation. Gary is also well versed in tax related strategies which are of the utmost importance when selling a practice. I highly recommend Gary and his services to all prospective sellers.”

~ Bert H., Lender

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