When he’s examining one of his patients, Dr. Javier Gonzalez likes to get down to their level – the floor.

Gonzalez, a veterinarian and owner of Fort Lauderdale Veterinary Center, said most of his canine patients are more comfortable on the floor, at least at first. So, that’s where he tries to examine them. He said it’s a way to build trust.

 “It’s just another way to get to know the patient and get them more comfortable, as opposed to putting them up on the table right away. If you get down to their level, they’re not as intimidated.”

Gonzalez, who has been married to Jarad Gibson for three years, opened Fort Lauderdale Veterinary Center six years ago.

“I never really had a plan b. I always wanted to be a veterinarian. I’ve always liked animals and helping them out, even though I was never allowed to have dog or cats in the house when I was a kid. It’s always been my passion.”

The majority of his patients are cats and dogs, but he also treats hamsters, gerbils, ferrets, and some birds. In addition to helping animals, Gonzalez said he also enjoys that no two days are alike. 

“Even though we might have similar appointments, they end up not being the same. It keeps it fresh.”


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