We’re an Accredited Animal Hospital in Key Largo, FL
Our animal hospital holds several notable accreditations which help us provide a higher standard of veterinary care to the dogs and cats of the Florida Keys. This includes being accredited with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), being a certified Cat Friendly Practice, and having Fear Free Certified Professionals on our team. We work hard to always be the veterinarian you can trust to put your pet’s needs, and yours, first.
About Our AAHA Accreditation
We’re proud to be the first animal hospital in the Upper Keys to become AAHA accredited, and to be the only AAHA accredited hospital or clinic currently practicing in Key Largo and Ocean Reef, FL. Accreditation with AAHA is no easy task; it requires an “all hands on deck” approach from all team members and a collective commitment to excellence.
Under AAHA guidelines, Island Hammock Pet Hospital must abide by over 900 standards of veterinary care, customer service, hospital protocol, and much more. Only about 12-15% of all small animal practices in the country hold this accreditation, and our facility must submit to routine inspections in order to remain accredited. This means that our hospital is always at the forefront of important changes and advances in the veterinary industry.
We’re Also Fear Free Certified Professionals
The Fear Free program educates veterinary professionals and pet parents alike, helping us to reduce the fear and anxiety our pets experience when they visit the vet. Their emotional well-being is just as important as their physical health.
Our veterinarians here in Key Largo, FL are currently the only vets in the Florida Keys to be Fear Free Certified Professionals. We have a keen understanding of pet behavior and can make note of emotional responses that indicate anxiety, and find ways to mitigate that anxiety.
What Makes Our Hospital Fear Free for Dogs and Cats?
To become Fear Free Certified, our veterinarians have undergone training and together, we’ve changed the vet experience:
Our Goal as a Cat Friendly Practice
Cats have just as many health needs as dogs, but they don’t see their vets nearly as frequently as they should. In fact, cats often miss out on important checkups, either because they show no signs of being unhealthy, or because they are difficult to transport to the vet.
At Island Hammock Pet Hospital, we’re committed to keeping our feline patients healthy, and to maintaining a lasting partnership with cat owners. To make veterinary care easier for cats, we:
- Offer cat-only exam rooms
- Use feline pheromones to induce relaxation
- Can examine your cat in their carrier if they feel more comfortable
- Are trained to observe changes in physical appearance and behavior in cats to see if their condition has changed
- Use non-slip mats on our exam tables
- Handle cats minimally to reduce stress and discomfort
- Provide treats as a distraction during treatment
- ...and more
“I’ve had dogs for 35 years and have been to a lot of veterinary clinics in that time. You guys are incredibly professional and provide an excellent service. You genuinely give a warm fuzzy feeling. I feel very comfortable there. “
- Ralph M. with “Otter” and “Pinto”
"Island Hammock is absolutely the best place to go for your animal needs. I have been with them for many years and they have always exceeded expectations."
- Marissa K.
"Great place to take your pet! Took my dog there Friday, everyone was so caring about Max, Dr Pawluk found the problem right away, Max is doing a lot better 🙂 "
- Renee B.
"Dr. Fly is Indira’s Veterinarian and is by far the BEST Vet we have EVER had! She has been incredibly supportive ever since we moved back to the Upper Keys and I have no idea where Indira and I would be if it was not for her and the fantastic staff at Island Hammock Pet Hospital. Thank you!"
- Sarah S. & Indira
"We have lived all around the country and taken our dogs to many vet clinics, but this one has to be the best one we have ever been to. First of all, despite the media coverage that Florida doesn’t take COVID seriously, this clinic does an amazing job with COVID precautions. They come out to pick up/drop off your pets and handle everything vis phone- including the vet calling to explain everything. Super convenient and very safe. Dr. Pawluk should be a model case study for vet and medical students in excellent bedside manners. She patiently walks through the review of your pet’s medical visit, explaining everything in depth in a way a non-science/medical person can easily understand. I trust both my little one’s health in her and the staff’s hands."