Our Careteam

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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    • Darryl SchmittDarryl Schmitt

      Dr. Sandler and his staff have always been great. Been taking our dog there for over five years.

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    • Yesenia P. MartinezYesenia P. Martinez

      We had our first visit today and they are amazing! Our puppy Rocko loved Dr. Sandler!

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    • Tisha RiveraTisha Rivera

      Amazing with my baby Tessa!! Thank you for helping us!!

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    • Samantha MichelsSamantha Michels

      Everyone is very helpful and sweet here. My dog knows when we get here and can’t wait to go inside to see everyone. Best vet around!

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    • 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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    • Caryn Hirsch ZetterowerCaryn Hirsch Zetterower

      Thanks Dr Sandler and staff for making sure our new rescue cat , Jamie, received amazing care. Dr Sandler always takes the time to explain options and he has a good bedside manner.

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    • Craig ClunkCraig Clunk

      Great place. The staff is very nice and helpful, and they treat your animal like one of their own

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