Dr. Krantz is a native of Southern California. Born and raised in Agoura Hills, he grew up fascinated by the outdoors and spent his time exploring the outdoors. His formative years were unusual in that he spent most of his time at his "aunt’s ranch" – the Wildlife Waystation, a wild and exotic animal rescue sanctuary. His aunt, Martine Colette, raised him as a farm boy learning outdoor survival skills as in the ‘old west’. Under her tutelage he grew to become a wildlife animal handler and trainer, learning animal behavior, husbandry, and basic veterinary care.
Though Dr. Krantz spent years working with animals as a young man, he is a second career veterinarian having initially graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in history, which included a minor in political science and a certificate of civic education. Some years later he re-ignited his passion for wildlife conservation and pursued further academic training at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine earning a Master’s in Conservation Medicine. After his Master’s training, he was accepted to the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Southern California and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. During his Master’s and DVM training, he participated in multiple research studies including investigations of diseases of the urinary tract, clinical nutrition, and infectious disease ecology.
Pivotal moments that led Dr. Krantz to a career in veterinary medicine include time spent with a young chimpanzee, Shaouri, at the Wildlife Waystation. The result of a failed vasectomy and being born to parents who were rescued from a biomedical research laboratory, she became the compass that charted the course for Dr. Krantz’s destiny. The two were raised together at Wildlife Waystation and coupled with his experience working with the hundreds of other wildlife species (lions, tigers, bears, primates, birds, and reptiles) at the sanctuary, it was a natural progression for Dr. Krantz to become a veterinarian and pursue a career caring for animals.
His clinical interests are in emergency medicine, infectious disease, and zoologic/wildlife/exotic animal medicine which complement his passion for veterinary and conservation medicine.
In his spare time, Dr. Krantz enjoys exploring the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, reading, and or wandering through museums.