UPDATE AS OF 5/26/2020

We would like to keep you updated on Sand Creek Animal Hospital’s plan for servicing you while handling the Covid-19 crisis. We are still not allowing clients into the building! We are doing curbside services only-which means if you are here for an appointment you must wait for you pet in the parking lot!  We understand that the governor has allowed veterinary hospitals to open back up fully but we do not feel it is safe enough yet for us to do so.  We will update you when we have more answers.  Thank you for your understanding.

1) You are required to wear a mask during interactions with our employees.

2) 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.  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

3) 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. 

4) Since we are back to full staffing, we have returned to our normal business hours:

Monday 8:00am – 7:30pm 

 Tuesday 8:00am – 7:30pm 

 Wednesday 8:00am – 7:30pm 

 Thursday 8:00am – 7:30pm 

 Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm 

 Saturday/Sunday Closed

5) We have focused our resources on the increased demand for examination visits.  We will have limited availability for technician appointments. We will not be able to do nail trim only appointments during the COVID-19 crisis.

6) Please be understanding that emergent cases will take priority over routine appointments and we may need to call on short notice to reschedule your healthy routine appointment.

7) We will continue our social distancing protocols which requires clients to stay in their car and not come into the building.

8) We encourage you to email us with non-urgent matters at [email protected]


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

Welcome to Sand Creek Animal Hospital
Your Veterinarian in Albany NY
Call us at (518) 446-9171

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Sand Creek Animal Hospital is a companion animal practice in Albany, NY that strives to provide high-quality modern medicine with old-fashioned care throughout the life of your pet. Our team continues to evolve within an ever changing field while providing a fear-free approach to preventative care for every patient. We take pride in our team's commitment to offer exceptional services with the latest state of the art equipment and technology. Above all else, we are determined to provide you with the proper education to make decisions that are in your companion's best interest and forever strengthening the human-animal bond.

At Sand Creek Animal Hospital, we treat a variety of animals. Not only do all of our veterinarians see dogs and cats, but Dr. McDaniel also cares for rabbits, ferrets, pigs, guinea pigs, and other “pocket pets.” Our veterinarians are USDA certified if you are in need of a health certificate in order to travel. We are conveniently located on Wolf Road. Call us at (518) 446-9171, or email us [email protected] with any questions, and we will promptly get back to you.

Sand Creek Animal Hospital
130 Wolf Rd.Albany, NY 12205
(518) 446-9171

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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

  • Anne Marie Carmichael, D.V.M., Founding Partner
    Veterinarian, Fear Free/Cat Friendly Certified

    Hometown: Schenectady, NY

    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. Dr. Carmichael’s true love is doing surgery. She enjoys doing soft tissue and orthopedic surgery as well as extensive oral surgeries. A fun fact about Dr. Carmichael is she is a huge Harry Potter fan, Go Ravenclaws! 

  • Matthew McDaniel, D.V.M., Founding Partner
    Veterinarian, Fear Free/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. Dr. McDaniel is also a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and can issue International Health Certificates. 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. 

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

    Hometown: Johnstown, NY

    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 she specializes in canine and feline behavior. Dr. Friello is also a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and can issue International Health Certificates. Dr. Friello is also a huge fan of Harry Potter, Go Hufflepuff!

  • David Sonnekalb, D.V.M, Partner
    Partner/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 two cats, Seamus and Duke. Dr. Sonnekalb loves to educate owners to help keep their pets happy and healthy. Dr. Sonnekalb is also a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and can issue International Health Certificates. A fun fact about Dr. Sonnekalb is he loves to do home renovations! 

  • Brittany Farron, D.V.M, Associate
    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. Dr. Farron is also a USDA Accredited Veterinarian and can issue International Health Certificates. A great fact about Dr. Farron is she LOVES Disney movies, especially Frozen!


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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