Dr. Gary Zinderman, DVM, CVA
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
Dr. Z finds great satisfaction in his veterinary career, and feels it is most rewarding to help pets that cannot help themselves. Sometimes pets will come in the office with severe medical conditions and with patience, diagnostic testing and a gentle hand, we can help that pet heal and regain excellent quality of life.
Path To Becoming A Veterinarian…
Dr. Z’s path to veterinary medicine began in Fort Lee, New Jersey, not far from New York City and an hour away from the state’s beautiful horse farms. With very supportive parents, Dr. Z pursued his goal of becoming a standardbred horse trainer and driver. By the time he was 22 years old, he had achieved his goal. In fact, Dr. Z trained and drove horses at several racetracks, with many winners to his credit. Working with equine veterinarians regularly, Dr. Z developed a deep respect for the veterinarians’ knowledge and skill.
After much thought, Dr. Z decided to switch careers and become a veterinarian himself. Moving to Florida, he first earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Z then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Z was awarded the Dr. Wayne Riser award from the Veterinary Faculty for Excellence in Bone and Joint Pathology.
After years of owning a veterinary practice in another county, Dr. Z was ready to give up his commute and open a practice closer to his home. He is pleased that Indian Street Animal Clinic in Stuart, Florida has become a much-valued member of his local community.
His Veterinary Philosophy…
Dr. Z thrives on the always-changing nature of his work. He has a special affinity for dentistry, as resolving a pet’s dental problem often gives them immediate relief from discomfort.
Along with conventional veterinary treatments, Dr. Z integrates veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies and nutrition when he feels a patient will benefit from it.
“Going through Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine training and becoming certified in Veterinary Acupuncture has changed the way I approach most of my cases. We are taught in veterinary school to treat symptoms of disease. The Eastern way of Treating disease is to find the root of the problem first not just treat symptoms. Having the training in both Eastern and Western Veterinary Medicine has proven invaluable when treating chronic disease and I can see an immediate impact in my patient’s health when we integrate the two”.
Dr. Z believes that integrated medicine benefits pets the most, as it allows for comprehensive treatment that approaches their health from every angle. Part of this method includes thorough preventive care by means of annual check-ups, up-to-date vaccines, and dental check-ups to keep your pet in the best shape possible.
Family Life, Kids & Fur-Kids…
When Dr. Z leaves the hospital each day, he enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa. Married since 1992, the couple has two highly accomplished sons, both of whom are honor students and athletes. Dr. Z thoroughly enjoys chauffeuring his sons to sporting and social events; and he also likes to spend time at home with his family. Whenever possible, Dr. Z relaxes at his home, gets in some fishing, or just spends quiet time with his family.
Of course, Dr. Z’s family has also opened their home to three lucky pets. Zippy, the family’s much-loved dog who was crazy about his red plastic ball, often pushed the ball with his nose like a well-trained seal. While Zippy had to tone down his athletic pursuits due to two knee injuries, Rubie the chocolate Labrador retriever has taken up the challenge. Rubie gleefully chases and catches flying discs and balls, and Dr. Z thinks Rubie would keep playing all day if given the chance.
Dr. Z’s family also adopted Miley, a domestic shorthair cat they found at the local Humane Society shelter. Miley has quite a cushy life, sunning herself on the porch and chasing a lizard when she can find the energy.
Dr. Zinderman’s Associations…
Dr. Z holds many certifications and is a member of many widely-respected veterinary associations, which means he holds himself, his employees, and his practice to very high standards. Some of these include:
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)
Florida Veterinary Medical Association (FVMA)
Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP)
Treasure Coast Veterinary Medical Association (TCVMA)