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Our Staff: Florence Sanford, CVPM

"My professional goal is to create an environment that encourages open communication and educational opportunities for both our clients and people within the veterinary profession. So together, veterinary team members and pet parents can work to insure quality pet care and education in order to enhance and preserve the special relationships we have with our pets."

I am proud to be the Practice Administrator at Nassau Veterinary Clinic, a 2001 Veterinary Practice of Excellence and 2002 Veterinary Team of the Year. I have been the practice manager since 1986. During the last twenty years I have progressively managed our hospital as we grew from a 3 doctor-10 support staff, mixed animal practice to a 7 doctor-42 support staff AAHA Certified small animal hospital. Our clinic has been featured in Veterinary Economics magazine and AVMF Client Link Video Series, featuring our innovative puppy program.

My experiences with Nassau Veterinary Clinic began at age 4 with my first pony "Sulky Sullivan." Harry Zweig, DVM, then owner of Nassau Veterinary Clinic, was my next door neighbor. Dr. Zweig was a colorful man who intimidated this then child. But I must admit, he intrigued me and in his very direct manner taught me many things about my dogs, cats and horses. I joined 4-H and was fascinated by the relationships that my friends (and myself) had with our horses and pets. This fascination continues for me today. I never thought my interest in pets and people could evolve with my education in business to mold my career in the veterinary field. I am one of the lucky people who can truly say, "I love what I do!"

In 1994, I earned the international designation of Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM). I am a member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association and American Animal Hospital Association.

I am still a lifelong resident of the area, living with my husband and best friend Larry, and many assorted four legged friends on our 43 acre mini-farm. I enjoy dancing, traveling, kayaking, camping and spending time at home with my family, pets and friends and enjoy horsin' around (with my horses) whenever I can.