Dr. Skilling graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree in 1979 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1981.
He practiced in Wisconsin Rapids, WI for one year and then in Roseville, MN until returning to the University of Minnesota in 1985 to earn a Ph.D. in Veterinary Pharmacology with a minor in Neuroscience in 1989.
He did research and taught pharmacology part time to veterinary students until he returned to private practice, buying Burnsville Animal Clinic in 1992.
He lives with his wife Sandy and has six grown children and ten grandchildren.
He currently has two greyhounds (Hamish and Dunkin), a whippet (Porsche), two young rescue cats (Archie and Quilleran), four horses (Barrack, a Saddlebred rescue, Guiness, a National Showhorse, Roman, a Dutch Carthorse/Percheron cross and Molly, a Shire and he also has numerous fish. He is currently learning to drive Molly and to ride dressage on Guiness.
He also fosters greyhounds for Greyhound Pets of America.