Our Veterinarians

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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    • 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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    • Tisha RiveraTisha Rivera

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

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    • Patricia K.Patricia K.

      Excellent doctor and staff--I took my dog Patty in for weight issues, and she's now at her healthy weight; took her for teeth issues, and she now has... Read More

    • Bradd MartinBradd Martin

      Great visit, very caring staff and Dr. Sandler was very personable!

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    • Lily ArtilesLily Artiles

      Love this place!!!

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    • Caroline SampsonCaroline Sampson

      We've had fabulous care here! Dr. Sandler has helped us with new animals, old and dying animals, well-animal care, and reassessment of sick animals.

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    • Celeste J. DanosCeleste J. Danos

      The staff here are excellent!
      We have two dogs, a 12 year old Maltese-Poodle mix and a 5 year old Maltese-Yorkie. Both have received excellent care. When our 12 year old injured her rear leg with an ACL tear we thought she may need surgery.
      Laser therapy was a treatment option and I'm so glad it was. After several months of therapy our little girl is back to normal activity. Dr. Sandler is wonderful!

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