Your Experienced, Caring, and Friendly Veterinarian in Albany, NY

Do you need a local veterinary clinic to care for your furry family member? Sand Creek Animal Hospital is right around the corner in Albany, NY. We welcome all kinds of animal companions and offer a complete range of preventative veterinary care and emergency services to keep their tails wagging. Our team of board-certified veterinarians offers a wide range of expertise for cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs, and more. We look forward to meeting you and your pets soon!

Dental Services for Your Dog and Cat

Your pet will live a longer and happier life when you take proper care of their dental health. We offer a wide array of dental services from a quick inspection to routine cleaning and extractions. Your pet will eat better and even play with more confidence when you address painful cavities and prevent the progress of gum disease.

The Latest in Laser Therapy and Ultrasound Technology

At Sand Creek Animal Hospital we are always looking for new technologies that can reduce suffering and improve the quality of life for our furry patients. We are fully equipped to use cold and hot laser therapy that can assist in the healing process for soft tissue injuries. See the difference that faster healing brings when your dog or cat can recover with less pain. New ultrasound equipment lets us identify more problems in a non-invasive manner, reducing the stress that is often associated with a visit to the vet.

Schedule Your Visit to Sand Creek Animal Hospital in Albany Today!

Our office is open for scheduled appointments Monday through Friday with early and late evening hours offered for your convenience. Call us today at (838) 900-7992 or use our online reservation system to set aside the time to visit one of our veterinarians. Are you concerned about your pet meeting another animal in the waiting room? Let us know you are coming ahead of time so we can clear a path for your nervous friend.

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Doctors from left to right: Dr. Anne Marie Carmichael, Dr. Matthew McDaniel, Dr. Cheyenne Lee, Dr. David Sonnekalb, Dr. Brittany Farron, Dr. Adele Friello, Dr. Sasha DiNitto

Our Mission

To provide the highest quality veterinary medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education. Our commitment is to provide modern care with old-fashioned concern throughout the life of your pet. We are proud to provide our clients and patients with exceptional service using state of the art equipment and technology. We strive to practice the highest quality of veterinary medicine.

Meet Our Doctors

  • Matthew McDaniel, D.V.M., Founder
    Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Hartford City, Indiana

    Dr. McDaniel has been proudly operating Sand Creek Animal Hospital with his wife since January of 2002. He is a graduate of Wabash College and Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, cross-fit, hiking, and spending time with his pets (Stanley his black lab and Norman his orange cat). Dr. McDaniel specializes in pocket pets, including rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, and chinchillas. A fun fact about Dr. McDaniel is that he is a huge fan of the Siena Saints basketball team and the Indianapolis Colts football team.

  • Anne Marie Carmichael, D.V.M., Founder
    Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Schenectady, New York

    Dr. Carmichael has been proudly operating Sand Creek Animal Hospital with her husband since January of 2002. She was an undergraduate at University of Binghamton and completed her veterinary studies at Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. In her spare time Dr. Carmichael enjoys reading, hiking, cross-fit, and during the winter months skiing. Dr. Carmichael shares her home with her two pets, Stanley a black lab and Norman an orange cat. Although she likes working with all the animals who visit the hospital, Dr. Carmichael’s true love is working with dogs. Dr. Carmichael also enjoys doing dental and oral surgery as well as soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. A fun fact about Dr. Carmichael is she is a huge Harry Potter fan, Go Ravenclaws!

  • David Sonnekalb, D.V.M., Owner
    Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Guilderland, New York

    Dr. Sonnekalb joined our team in June of 2008. He attended the University of New Hampshire and received his Bachelor’s degree in 2004, he then graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In his spare time, Dr. Sonnekalb enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, and biking. Dr. Sonnekalb has Bandit an Australian Cattle dog and a cat named Duke. Dr. Sonnekalb loves to educate owners to help keep their pets happy and healthy. A fun fact about Dr. Sonnekalb is he loves to do home renovations!

  • Brittany Farron, D.V.M., Associate
    Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Latham, New York

    Dr. Brittany Farron joined our team in June 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Mount Saint Mary College in 2013 before going on to graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Outside of the animal hospital, Dr. Farron enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing sports, coloring, hiking, and of course, relaxing at home with her two cats Olaf and Sully. Dr. Farron loves all aspects of animal care and knowing that she can make a difference to improve an animal’s life. A great fact about Dr. Farron is she LOVES Disney movies, especially Frozen!

  • Adele Friello, D.V.M., Associate
    Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Johnstown, New York

    Dr. Friello joined our team in July of 2018. She attended Cornell University for both her bachelor’s and veterinary degrees. Outside of the office, Dr. Friello enjoys hiking, baking, and camping. She enjoys all aspects of companion animal care, but her she specializes in canine and feline behavior. Dr. Friello is also a huge fan of Harry Potter, Go Hufflepuff!

  • Cheyenne Lee, D.V.M., Associate
    Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Lowville, New York

    Dr. Lee joined our team in August of 2022. She received her Bachelor's in Animal Science from SUNY Cobleskill and then went on to graduate from Cornell University with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Her favorite part of the job is connecting with the clients. Outside of the office, Dr. Lee enjoys anything outdoors, including birdwatching, hiking, fishing, gardening, kayaking, as well as arts and crafts. She shares her home with Zoey, a Green Cheek Conure, two cats, Mishi and Kelso, and a plethora of fresh and saltwater fish.

  • Sasha DiNitto, D.V.M., Associate
    Fear Free and Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Winchester, Massachusetts

    Dr. DiNitto joined our team in July of 2023. In 2021, she graduated from the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. DiNitto is passionate about supporting the human-animal bond through general medicine. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking and spending her free time with family and friends. She shares her home with a grey tabby cat named Mackenzie, an orange tabby named OJ and a mixed breed dog named Tucker.


Read What Our Clients Say

    We have always had the best of care for our animals at Sand Creek Animal Hospital. The doctors are excellent and even call at home for follow up. They encourage you to call with any concerns or questions. Thank you for the great care Gracie gets there.


    Always love bringing our pets to Sand Creek Animal Hospital! All of the staff is super friendly and helpful, and you can tell they all love our pets (almost as much as we love our pets!) 


    The staff is professional, knowledgeable, efficient and caring. The service is excellent!


    The treatment and care for our dog, Gibbs is unbelievable. From a dog who could barely walk when he was 8 due to arthritis to a dog who know runs around with his younger brothers is incredible thank you David and staff


    Love the time & care they give to u and your animal. Always very thorough and the technicians are always very friend to work with. I will continue to refer Sand creek animal hospital to everyone :)


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