Your pet's health is our priority


Sandy Paws Animal Hospital proudly serves Orange Park. We take pride in providing our patients with the best care, doing everything in our hands for the health and safety of your four-legged friends. We work to make sure your pet is the healthiest they can be, and to reciprocate the unconditional love they give to us.

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Skillful, Compassionate care

Dr. Michelle Sands

As the owner of Sandy Paws Animal Hospital, I fulfill my dream of providing compassionate care to animals. Growing up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Veterinary Medicine, I specialize in surgery, critical care, senior health, and dentistry. Outside of work, I enjoy pickleball, hiking, beach trips, and cheering for my son Reece in track events. At home, I have seven pets and a supportive husband, Steve. We stay active in the community through various races. Thank you, Orange Park Community, for supporting our mission.

We understand that your pet's health is of utmost importance, and we're here to offer expert surgical care when it's needed most.

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We will review every aspect of your pet’s health from the ears to the tail.

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Regular inspection of your pet’s mouth is important to catch dental disease in the early stages.

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Everyone at the office is so friendly and great with our little kitten. They explain things thoroughly and help you understand how to best care for your pet. They are efficient and caring. The office staff is super nice and welcoming. The office is inviting and always clean. I wouldn't want to take our pet anywhere else.

- Lauren Mobley -

I feel our Freya will always be well taken care of by Dr. Sands and her crew, as they were amazing and caring to not only out sweet Smidget but also his humans. He fought the good fight and they were always there cheering him on and when his time came, they let him leave this world with the dignity that every human or animal deserve.

- Martha Nason -

Great Vet! We have brought our animals to Dr. Sands for the last 7 years! She has gone through all the stages of life with our dogs and I have nothing but praise! We have had 4 animals see her and would not take them anywhere else!  She handles even the toughest of animals (my puppy) with grace!

- Ashley Pelech -

Seriously cannot thank this place enough. Every single employee here that I have encountered have all been amazing, loved my two cats like their own, and remembered them each time. They have taken every one of my concerns serious and been able to fit them in very fast when things have come up. My two boys aren’t terrified of the vet and I owe these good experiences to them. Highly recommend this vet and their staff. Cowboy and Biscuit Boy are your biggest fans 💗.

- Sarah Thomas -

We visited Sandy Paws for the first time with a sick kitty. They are now our primary vet. The level of care, patience, and professionalism shown not just to us but to other clients was unparalleled. They also offer a military discount for in-office services!

- Bridget Muncy -