About Us

Who We Are

Since 1979, The Animal Hospital of University Drive has provided high quality medical services for the dogs and cats of Broward County. Drs. Carl Ansara and Rachel Steele, along with the entire staff welcome you and your pet! Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable and cared for as possible.  From explaining treatment, to giving the best care, all with a smile. The receptionists, nurses, and kennel staff are experienced in pet care and are looking forward to meeting you and your furry family member. Doctors at A.H.U.D. are in the forefront of scientific advancements, always adhering to the excellent standards of care the hospital is well known for.
Animal Hospital of University Drive is open 6 days a week, and doctors are available for emergency calls.



Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Carl Ansara

Veterinarian/ Owner

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Dr. Rachel Steele

Veterinarian/ Owner

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Dr. Peggy Carlow


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Why Choose Us

Minimal waiting times

We want to see your pet as soon as we can. “If we have not attended to you in the last 15 minutes, please check with the front desk.” The patients are examined on a first come first serve basis. Life & death emergencies are seen as soon as they come into the practice. All patients are triaged as soon as they come in by one of our nurses and /or taken to our treatment area to be examined by our doctor if warranted.

Emergency Services

If your pet has any of these symptoms they may need emergency medical care:
Acute swelling anywhere on the body
Wounds or lacerations
Any bite wounds (snake, dog, cat, insect, wild animal etc.)
Hit by car
Vomiting or Diarrhea
Consumption of toxins
Ingestion of foreign objects
Eye Problems
Coughing or Respiratory Distress
If your pet has an ongoing medical problem that could result in a sudden emergency, make sure that you keep pertinent medical records easily accessible so the Doctor can review them.

Compassionate Care

We understand how upsetting it is when your pet is sick or injured. Our expert health care team is staffed with caring, compassionate, highly skilled professionals who are dedicated to providing quality care for your pet. Your pet is a special member of your family and provides you with companionship, entertainment, and unconditional love. But your pet relies on you for daily needs such as food, shelter, and safety and to take care of things when they go wrong. Our expert emergency and critical care professionals will be there for you when you need us.


Family Atmosphere

Our veterinarians and technical support staff are on premises working as a team with expertise to respond to emergency calls and critical care situations. Rest assured, if you ever have an emergency with your pet, there is quality veterinary help nearby. Help is only a phone call away. Keep our phone number with your other emergency numbers, and call us any time.


Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible. From explaining treatment, to giving the best care, all with a smile. The Receptionists, Nurses, and Kennel staff are experienced in pet care and are looking forward to meeting you and your furry family member!


What our clients say


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This is the only place I will take my animals ( I have 3 Cats ) not only is Dr. Ansara top notch the nurses and front desk help always have a smile and a hello. I heartily recommend that you and your animals come in for a very good surprise great service and a very pleasant atmosphere.

Domenick Cuomo

Cat Lover

My family has been using Animal Hospital of University Drive for over 20 years. My wife is a breeder of West Highland Terriers and we have many options, but have always considered the Animal Hospital of University Drive as the best choice. We think that you cannot pick a better facility or staff for the care of your pets.

George Morton

Dog Breeder

Dr. Ansara and his team are incredible. I began seeing them shortly after a horrendous experience with another vet, when my dog had his tail amputated about 2 years ago. The team there is kind, compassionate, and always willing to go the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction. I moved to Orlando about a year ago and I STILL drive down to Dr. Ansara for my dogs appointments. It is so hard to find a vet that you can truly trust to give their honest opinion when it comes to our pets. Dr. Ansara and his team have always been open and frank when discussing medical treatments and vaccines, helping me make the best decision for my furry friends.


Long Distance Patient

I have been going to Animal Hospital of University Drive for about 10 years. The staff is great, friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. Dr. Carl Ansara is great! He is so kind and caring. He takes the time to really get to know you and your pet. I lost my little Button at home and rushed her to see him. He was so thoughtful and sincere with me. It was very hard but he helped me through that horrible day. Now Frosty goes there and although she barks her head off, they all treat her with kind, loving care. He works with you in trying to figure out what your next move should be and gives you all the options. He speaks to you as a friend, not a business deal. I would recommend Dr. Ansara to anyone looking for a good vet. He’s number one in my book.

Pat Weiner

Most Caring

I’ve been taking my sweet, little cat to this place for a few years. Dr. Carl Ansara and his staff treat her with kindness, gentleness and professionalism. And they do the same to me. Dr. A.takes good care of my cat, offers sound advice and has helped ease my mind when I was terribly worried about my little one. Highly recommend!

Becca Bryan

Gentle Professional