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Dr. Kenneth Snyder is a man of experience. He started his career when he first delivered a set of twin calfs on a Kibbutz in Israel at the simple age of 17. He knew from then on out that he wanted to help animals. This experience has driven Dr. Snyder. He has a special and extremely close bond with animals. With his medical expertise, and deep affection for his patients, he artfully takes your animal from their pain, and heals them mind and body whole.
After the age of 17, Dr. Snyder’s desire to heal was faced with a decision of either staying in Israel and becoming a citizen, or returning to the United States to learn veterinary medicine. The option of going to Italy and studying his craft there was tempting, but ultimately Dr. Snyder chose to attend the University of Florida in 1978. At UF Dr. Snyder worked with Dr. Steve Shores of Shores Animal Hospital while finishing a degree in Animal Sciences and post-graduate studies in Biochemistry. In 1981, when Dr. Snyder was accepted into the School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 1985.
Summer after graduation, Dr. Snyder began to help Dr. Brad Richter of Coral Gables Animal Hospital. There, Kenneth began to take on the work of helping animals. He learned much about small animals here, but wanted to do equine work again. He eventually opened a mixed animal practice in Country Walk. Dr. Snyder was able to get close to his roots again, working with horses as he had first done when he was 17.
After 1 year, Dr. Snyder began to work for Bird Road Animal Hospital. Here he gained experience in small animal surgery. After so many years at so many different clinics Dr. Snyder had learned a lot. He had had the ability to learn from other established doctors on how the true practice of animal medicine works. He was ready to bring his special brand of care and love to his community.
Dr. Snyder had worked with other doctors in the past, but his vision didn’t stop there. He knew that to really bring the affection he had in mind for his patients he had to open his own clinic. From a modest bank loan and a dream, Kenneth Snyder D.V.M became an entrepreneur. In the summer of 1987, the Visiting Vet was finally born.
Dr. Snyder began his practice in a humble beginning: from the inside of his mobile (van) animal hospital. He sometimes worked from several colleagues offices until 1989 the Visiting Vet’s office doors were opened. He has been loving and caring for animals ever since, and his office remains a fun a friendly place for all who enter.
Q&A: What Motivates You?
-My father, his values, and his integrity
-My mother "Honey" and her compassion
-My amazing team and their drive
-Deep compassion for animals
The Doctor loves to play with puppies
Q&A: What are your biggest influences?
-My Father. He taught me never to take no for an answer and that honesty and integrity are the most important values of all.
-My Mother. She taught me that anger is a poor emotion, and to always shine light in dark situations.
Tips from the Doctor
-I love making pets a focal point of a family. They create a social glue that makes for good family ties.
-I teach children how to take care of their pets. It instills responsibility early on and their pet becomes their best friend.
Q&A: What’s your idea of a good time?
-Playing music! Guitar, harmonica, drums, everything. Get out and jam!
-I love writing. When I was a freshman, my professors tried to convince me to be an author!
Doc loves his employees!