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 – with patients, diagnostic testing and a gentle touch, we can help that pet heal and regain an 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. Dr. Z pursued his goal of becoming a standardbred horse trainer and driver. By the time he was 22 years old, he had become a professional “A” driver and trainer and had a successful stable of racehorses. Working with equine veterinarians regularly, Dr. Z developed a deep respect for the veterinarians’ knowledge and skill.
After almost 10 years as a professional driver and trainer, 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.
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 to help his patients.
“Having been trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and earning my certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, I have changed the way I approach most of my cases. We are taught in veterinary school to treat symptoms of a 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, dental health, and nutrition.
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. Ben attends Florida State University and Zac, a varsity football player, attends South Fork High School. Whenever possible, Dr. Z relaxes at his home, does yard work, gets in some fishing, or just spends quiet time with his family.
Of course, Dr. Z’s family has also opened their home to a couple lucky pets. Rubie the Chocolate Labrador Retriever and Miley, a domestic shorthair cat they adopted from the local Humane Society shelter.
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)
Member of Veterinary Information Network