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Welcome to Sturgeon Animal Hospital


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Sturgeon Animal Hospital is a privately owned, full-service animal hospital.    Rory Wiens is a board-certified veterinarian in canine and feline practice,  we are one of the few small animal practices in Alberta at which a board-certified specialist performs general veterinary services.

Whether you have a new kitten or puppy, or a longtime member of your family, your pets’ health and well-being are very important to us, and we take every possible measure to give your animals the care they deserve. We welcome patients in need of medical, surgical, and dental care. 

Veterinary referrals

Dr. Rory Wiens offers ophthalmology exams, treatments and procedures as well as laparoscopy and endoscopy by referral.  

If you're a veterinary professional and would like to refer a pet to Dr. Wiens for treatment, please click here.

At Sturgeon Animal Hospital, we treat your pets like the valued family members they are.

Rory Wiens
St. Albert Veterinarian | Sturgeon Animal Hospital | (780) 419-2800

#130, 85 Neil Ross Road
St. Albert, AB T8N 7W1




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Office Hours

Please also note that we are closed for all holidays and long weekends


8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm


8:30 am-5:30 pm


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Meet The Team

Learn Who We Are

  • Shannon Vandam, VMA
    Medical Assistant

    Shannon grew up in Sturgeon County, and graduated from NAIT with a Veterinary Medical Assistant certificate in 2008. She joined the Sturgeon team in August of 2021. 

    In Shannon's spare time you can find her crafting, baking, and enjoying the outdoors. She lives on an acreage with her 3 cats (Miss Marley, Anubis, & Pip)

  • Stephanie Comeau
    Medical Assistant/Reception

    Stephanie joined our team in 2021.

  • Destiny Littlejohn
    Reception/Medical Assistant

    Destiny grew up in Edmonton and graduated from Concordia University in 2021 with a degree in psychology. She has always had a passion for animals, which led her to working and volunteering with them before ultimately pursuing a career in veterinary medicine. She joined our team in January 2021 and has been known as the 'Puppy-Snuggler and Treat-Giver' ever since. 

    During her spare time she enjoys reading, camping, travelling, and spending time with her fiancé and their three dogs (Fudge, Enzo, and Simba).

  • Leah Cornell, RVT
    Registered Veterinary Technologist

    Leah graduated from the Animal Heath Technology program at Olds College in 2016 and has since worked in various small animal clinics in and around Edmonton. 

    Leah takes special interest in feline medicine, especially when it comes to senior cats and their quality of life. 

    Leah lives in Edmonton with her Husband, senior cat (Alison), and 4 guinea pigs (Tupac, Ethel, Neo and Nelly). 

    During her spare time Leah enjoys checking out local breweries, golfing, and hanging out with friends and family

  • Kerdessa Gibson, RVT
    Registered Veterinary Technologist

    Kerdessa is one of the newest and youngest additions to the team. She grew up in Westlock, a small town located north of St.Albert and attended Lakeland College to complete the Animal Health Technology program which she graduated from in 2021.

    In the future Kerdessa would like to work with all sorts of animals big and small, but for now she’s having fun learning the ins and outs of small animal medicine. In her spare time she likes to go on spontaneous adventures and spending as much time outside as she can.

  • Dr. Rory Wiens, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice)

    Dr. Wiens completed 3 years of a Bachelor of Science in Genetics before being accepted into the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 2004). After graduating, he worked at a busy 24-hour emergency hospital in Calgary and then completed an internship in medicine and surgery.

    His fascination with ocular surgery and medicine took him to Las Vegas, where he attained an internship in ophthalmology. He grew homesick though, so returned to Alberta in June of 2007 and has lived in St. Albert ever since. He purchased Sturgeon Animal Hospital in March of 2012. In 2018 Dr. Wiens became board certified in Canine and Feline Practice, making Sturgeon Animal Hospital one of the few small animal practices in Alberta at which board certified specialists perform general veterinary medicine. Dr. Wiens is very happy to be practicing in the community that he loves, and lives with his wife Lorna, son, daughter, and two energetic dogs. 

  • Dr. Jessica Miller, DVM

    Dr. Miller completed 3 years of Animal Science at the University of Saskatchewan before entry to WCVM, graduating in 2005. She then spent 11 years working at a busy multidoctor practice in Edmonton. From there she found herself at a rural practice which offered a better balance. Dr. Miller worked there for 2.5 years before getting the opportunity to join our team, this also allowed her to be closer to home.

    Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her clients and is a great fit to our growing practice. She and her fiancé live in St. Albert with their two young sons and two cats.

  • Dr. Joel Watts, DVM

    Dr. Watts graduated as honorary valedictorian in 2019 from Saskatchewan. After working with cattle, horses, and pigs, he finally found his passion in dog and cat medicine. He loves the challenges and client interactions of general practice.

    Many facets of veterinary medicine interest Joel, including general animal wellness, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dentistry, dermatology, and much more, making him a great addition to the team!

    Joel was raised in St. Albert and doesn't plan on leaving! He loves exploring places for a good dog walk, but also enjoys staying in with friends and good movies (and he's taking movie suggestions!). Joel shares his home with Timmy (his laid back tortoise), Marvin (his cool cat), and Bea (his troublemaker dog).

  • Amanda Babey, RVT
    Registered Veterinary Technologist / Practice Manager

    Amanda grew up in Nova Scotia but moved to Alberta in 2004 to attend the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT. She graduated from the program in 2006 and has since worked with small animals in both clinic and shelter environments.

    Amanda has been with Sturgeon Animal Hospital since the re-opening in March of 2012. Although she now works mainly 'behind the scenes', she enjoys catching up with our clients and patients, and still manages to occasionally utilize her tech skills in the back! She shares her home in St. Albert with her husband, daughter, and three cats (Mack, Tosh & Biscuit). 

  • Leah Kosinski, RVT
    Registered Veterinary Technologist / Treatment Room Manager

    Leah grew up in Edmonton and stayed close to home for her post secondary education, graduating from the Animal Health Technology program at NAIT in 2002. 

    Leah joined our team in May 2012 and made quick connections with our patients and their families.  She continues to take keen interest in anesthesia and all aspects of medical/surgical nursing.

    Leah’s spare time is spent sewing, golfing, swimming and sharing her love of animals with her husband and two daughters. She shares her home with a collection of dogs, cats, and horses to keep them busy.

  • Stacey Kennedy, RVT
    Registered Veterinary Technologist

    Stacey grew up in Lethbridge, AB and moved to the Edmonton area to complete her Animal Health Technology in 2005. Stacey came to us with her vast experience she has become a great addition to the team. She has a special interest in anesthesia, behavior and emergency medicine for all animals. 

    In her spare time she enjoys family time with her husband and two children. They spend lots of time doing outdoor activities and spending time with friends and family especially at her family's local brewery, Endeavor Brewing Company. She also enjoys her side business of  commercial and residential design, where she gets to flex her artistic side. 

  • Katie Bornia,

    Katie grew up in St. Albert and graduated from Olds College with Veterinary Medical Receptionist Certificate in 2018 and will be attending NAITs Animal Health Technology program to further her career in Veterinary Medicine.

    Her bubbly personality and welcoming smile has been a great addition to the front end! On her spare time you can find her out with her dog Harper, riding horses and enjoying nature. 


Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Since moving here from Ont. 4 years ago, I was concerned with finding veterinary care for my 2 senior dogs. Dr. Rory, Dr. Nancy and the team at Sturgeon have been amazing. Sensitive, kind, and compassionate. And I know my dog(s) receive the best care."
    Darlene R.
  • "Dr.Weins and the staff here are totally amazing. Dr.Weins was great with helping us figure out what was wrong with our girl's eye. He explained to us in great detain on how to help her cope with her new blindness and assured us she would adapt. He recommended some ideas and reading material. They sure care about the pets here.and I would highly recommend you see them."
    Leanne D.
  • "Love the team at the sturgeon animal hospital. Fair prices and they've taken great care our my dogs."
    Tim L.