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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    • Tisha RiveraTisha Rivera

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

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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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    • 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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    • Lily ArtilesLily Artiles

      Love this place!!!

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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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    • Rae AustinRae Austin

      Great environment, service, and staff. I am very pleased with Lakewood.

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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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