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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Molly LouiseMolly Louise

      Wonderful and caring doctor and staff! I can tell that everyone is there because they truly love what they do. I have already referred several friends to take their pets to LAC and will continue to do so.

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    • Carol OwensCarol Owens

      I've taken my pets to Dr. Sandler for years. The staff is amazing & so is Dr. Sandler. The office is always clean, there is no horrible odors & they've always treated my furry ones with the kindness & love they deserve to be treated with!

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    • Michelle Utsman BraddockMichelle Utsman Braddock

      I would highly recommend Lakewood AC to anyone in search of a Vet & Staff that treat your babies like their very own! Awesome, caring people!!

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    • Matthew ConleyMatthew Conley

      Very happy with our most recent visit where our Italian Mastiff needed to have his nails trimmed, ears cleaned and blood drawn. Everyone had a smile on their face (as well as sweat) after wrestling with our beast as he is not one to sit idly by...The Dr was observant and was frank and honest which we appreciated.

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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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