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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Lily ArtilesLily Artiles

      Love this place!!!

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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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    • 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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    • Rose ConryRose Conry

      The best vet on this city. My sweet Princess Grace love Dr Sandler and the team. Dr. Sandler has cared for and loved all my fur babies since 1992. He favorite will alway be Jasmine.

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