UPDATE AS OF 5/26/2020

We would like to keep you updated on Sand Creek Animal Hospital’s procedures as we transition to person Doctor visits.  Thank you for your understanding.

1) If you have COVID, have any symptoms to COVID, or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID in the last 10 days and you have an appointment with us please contact us IMMEDIATELY. We will need to reschedule your appointment. 

2) This transition will be gradual and start with doctor appointments for your pets.  Appointments for technicians and for your pets being admitted for laser therapy, diagnostic procedures, and surgery will continue to be curbside for the time being.   We will also continue curbside service for medication pick up.  

3) To help handle the increased volume of phone calls, our concierge will meet you in the parking lot to check you in for your appointment.  Then a team member will contact you by phone to obtain a history.    A team member will then meet you in the parking lot and will bring you and your pet into the hospital.  The doctor will do an in person examination with you in the examination room.  If you are picking up medications or you are not greeted by someone in the parking lot please call the hospital at (518) 446-9171.  

4) We will allow one pet parent into the building with their pet.  We ask that additional individuals wait in your vehicle.  If you arrive with children curbside service will be provided to you so you can remain in your vehicle with your children.  Pet parents will be REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS COVERING BOTH MOUTH AND NOSE at all times while in the hospital or interacting with the team in the parking lot.  

5) Team members will NOT be allowed to reach into vehicles to get patients. Please help by getting your dog or cat carrier out of your vehicle. Please make sure your dog’s collar is tight enough that it will not slip over their head. If possible, please put small dogs in carriers. For your cat’s safety, all cats MUST be in a carrier. 

5) We are not doing Nail Trim appointments at this time. 

We are committed to the health and well-being of our healthcare team, clients, and patients. We apologize for the inconvenience that these changes may cause. We appreciate your patience during the difficult and unprecedented time. We will continue to send updates by email as changes happen.

Thank you,

The Doctors and Healthcare Team of Sand Creek Animal Hospital

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!

The General Health and Wellness of Your Pets

If they live with you in your home, we are here to provide the vaccines, exams, and treatment required to maintain a healthy life for your pet. Ask us about our puppy and kitten care packages, so you can give them the right start for a long life free of disease and pests. The general health of your pet requires more than food and shelter. Bring them in for routine grooming or ask us about boarding services when you go on vacation. Support the wellness of your pet when you consult with our vets to mitigate the discomfort of arthritis or other ailments associated with old age.

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 (518) 446-9171 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. David Sonnekalb, Dr. Brittany Farron, Dr. Adele Friello

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 is our only doctor that 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. She enjoys hanging out with her pets (Toby an American Village Dog and Whiskey a kitty cat), 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!


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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