Dr. Russak earned both his bachelor’s degree and DVM from Colorado State University, and his certificate in veterinary practice administration from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. Dr. Russak retired from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, after teaching there for seven years. While there, he served as an assistant clinical professor in the primary care service and, director of student affairs. His teaching emphases were in the areas of the art and business of veterinary practice, leadership, and communication.
Before the move to academia, he owned a multi-doctor AAHA practice in Kensington, Conn. for nearly 25 years. Dr. Russak was inducted into the Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society in 2008 and has received several distinguished awards throughout his career, including the MSU-CVM Deans Award for Excellence in teaching. He is a recent AAHA past president and a current Member of the International Council for Veterinary Assessment (formerly NBVME). He is heavily involved in his community and other professional industry organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) and local Veterinary Medical Association chapters and organizations. He is credentialed as a Certified Veterinary Journalist and has hosted several radio pet care shows as well as a TV show. Dr. Russak has authored numerous lay and professional publications and has presented over 125 personal and professional success seminars at veterinary schools and professional meetings throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe. His passion is career development and developing success skills of veterinary students, recent graduates and seasoned practitioners.