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Dr. Craig W. Sandler
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Craig Sandler’s passion for animal care stretches back as far as he can remember—he was only 12 years old when he first began volunteering in the veterinary field. By the time he was a teenager and witnessed his horse struggle through various health issues, he knew that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who cared for them. For Dr. Sandler, a career as a veterinarian was the natural choice!

Dr. Sandler is originally from the New York City suburbs, and came to Jacksonville for his first Associate’s job in 1987. He fell in love with the city and simply never left! Dr. Sandler founded Lakewood Animal Clinic in 1994, and has been serving the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since. He’s particularly fond of dermatology work and preventative medicine, and has a special place in his heart for holistic medicine after alternative therapies helped his own dog to live a happy, normal life.

Dr. Sandler and his wife, Natalie—herself an employee of Lakewood Animal Clinic!—have three children and share their home with a pair of loveable dogs and six cats. When he has spare time between work and family life, Dr. Sandler loves listening to music and attending the theatre, cheering on his favorite football teams, traveling, and hiking and camping in the great outdoors.
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    • Valerie LorbisValerie Lorbis

      Dr. Sandler and his staff are awesome! My corgi would probably disagree. He's a handful. Needs to be muzzled & sedated for the sake of everyone's safety and sanity.

      I came in for an appt., signed the usual sedation forms, but asked that they avoid using any if at all possible. They whisked him away to the back to complete his exam.

      I braced myself for the sounds of shrieking, overturned tables, an unmuzzled Cuzo-like corgi gone rogue. With the occasional barks from other canine visitors/boarding, it all seemed too quiet.
      About 20 mins later, my vet tech (Tammy, I think) returned to update me.
      "WE DID IT!"
      Blood work done, nails clipped, ears cleaned. There were patches of fur stuck to her cheeks... But the team left unscathed!

      That wasn't always the case with past visits. Mojo once had a stress-induced episode of canon butt. He was not scheduled for anal gland expression. In trying to hoist him up to an exam table, he not only pooped MY pants, but his writhing around resulted in aerial backsplash. On Dr. Sandler's pressed shirt. And face. His poker face is bar none, seriously.

      TLDR;
      Everyone here is incredibly caring, personable, dedicated, and PATIENT. Dr. Sandler addresses all your concerns/questions, explains treatment plans and options, provides referrals to behavioral issue gurus, and is never pushy or dogmatic (bah-dum-tss).
      If your companion has allergies, that's his thang, so definitely see him. Even if your furry, fuzzy angel isn't so much of an angel towards them, they all will treat him/her like one. & That means a lot to me. :)

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    • Dana F.Dana F.

      I've been pleased with the service I've received here. My cats had not been to the vet since I moved to the Jacksonville area, since they are indoor cats... Read More

    • Sydney RosenbergSydney Rosenberg

      Been to several different vets around Jacksonville in the past 20 years- recommendations from friends, family referrals, and even accompanying someone else and their pet- NONE compare to Dr. Sandler and his staff! I won't take my Zoi anywhere else! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! My only wish is that I found them YEARS ago! Kind, patient, welcoming, educated, knowledgeable, and they take time to explain everything in layman's terms. Also affordable- worth every penny!!! There was no pressure of sales or rushing me along. Thank you Dr. Sandler AND staff! You'll be seeing more of us 💗

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    • Dave E.Dave E.

      I went in on a Sat morning with, what I thought was, an emergency. The staff were pleasant and reassuring. I was promptly taken back and my cat's situation... Read More

    • Lacey Elizabeth AdevaiLacey Elizabeth Adevai

      Took great care of my English bulldog when she had an allergic reaction to fleas. Super helpful and friendly

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    • June MireckiJune Mirecki

      Dr. Sandler and his staff worked with me to remedy my Otis' digestive problems. Two months of chronic loose stools. I am happy to report that Otis digestive issues seem to be resolved! Normal poohs for 3 weeks now! A combined treatment of diet and probiotics did the trick once the condition was diagnosed. I have never been so happy to see normal pooh...

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    • Charles ThompsonCharles Thompson

      I've used this clinic twice now & I've enjoyed the service I've gotten; thank you to the vet & to his girls who work there

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