Our Veterinarians

Dr. Lana Delaney, DVM

Lana grew up on a farm just outside of Grande Prairie, Alberta.  Her family has always been active in thoroughbred horse racing.  She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005 and stayed on one more year to complete a Large Animal Surgery Internship.  Lana started Delaney Veterinary Services in 2008 where she enjoys her equine patients, large and small, practicing with an emphasis on acupuncture, performance, dentistry, and reproduction. Dr. Delaney has recently been certified as a Spinal Manipulator to add to her variety of treatment options.

Dr. Ryan Shoemaker, MVetSc., Diplomate ACVS (Surgery)

Ryan is one of the surgical and lameness specialist at Delaney Veterinary Services.  He brings over a decade of surgical expertise to the practice.  Following  Veterinary school (WCVM), he continued his specialist training (Surgery and Lameness) at both Kansas University and the University of Saskatchewan.  He obtained specialty recognition by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005.  After teaching surgery and lameness at the WCVM for 2 years, he moved to private practice in Alberta.  

Dr. Claudia Cruz Villagran, MVZ (Hons), MS, Diplomate ACVIM (LA), Diplomate ECEI


Dr. Claudia Cruz Villagrán is originally from Mexico City, where she graduated from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), in 2008. After graduation she completed an equine internship at a private practice in Texas, USA. She then pursued a mixed large animal internal medicine residency at The University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by a Master of Sciences in comparative and experimental medicine. Before moving to Canada, she worked in Morocco at a charitable hospital for working equids, and then in Australia as a lecturer in equine internal medicine at The University of Adelaide. 

Dr. Andre Mendes Chaves, DVM


Dr. Andre Chaves is originally from Brazil where he graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Along the years he worked in renowned equine reproduction centers in his home country, USA and Canada, acquiring a vast knowledge in embryo transfer, reproductive problems in mares, stallion management, and neonatology. For the past few years he has been living in Canada and has joined the Delaney Veterinary Services Team in January of 2017.

Dr. Melanie Tuplin, DVM

Melanie grew up on a mixed cattle and grain farm in northern Alberta. She graduated from the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) in 2017. She then completed an internship at Virginia Equine Imaging where she had the opportunity to develop skills in performance horses, lameness and diagnostic imaging. She joined the DVS team in July 2018. Her specialty is everything horse and looks forward to meeting you!    

Dr. Andres Sanchez, DVM, MS, MSc


Dr. Andres Sanchez is originally from Ecuador and has practiced in Alberta since 2015. He completed his surgical residency at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 2015 and his veterinary degree at the National University of Central Buenos Aires in Argentina in 2009. His vast experience also includes an internship at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, working in renamed thoroughbred breeding farms in Argentina, private general practice in his hometown, and several externships in California, Texas and Tennessee. He enjoys lameness exams and performing a broad variety of procedures from basic soft tissue surgeries as cryptorchidectomies, hernioplasties and upper airway surgeries, to more complex procedures as abdominal surgery on the colicky horse and orthopedic surgeries like arthroscopy, pastern arthrodesis and fracture repairs. Dr. Sanchez has researched on joint infections and synovial biomarkers as well as presented in renamed international conferences.

You can find more information about his work on the following links:

Dr. Samantha Deamel, DVM Intern

Samantha grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and has her Bachelor of Science with a Biology Major from the University of Winnipeg. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2018. Samantha has a special interest in lameness.  In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding and beach volleyball. Samantha has a cat named Bean, that has the same genetic defect as a fainting goat, as well as she has a dog named Georgia. DVS is happy to have Samantha a part of our team!

Dr. Erin Elders, DVM Intern

Dr. Erin Elder grew up riding and competing as a 3-Day Eventer in Central Coast California and developed a passion for veterinary medicine early. She continued competing with her horse, T Bird while she attended college for a Bachelor’s of Animal Science at California Polytechnic State University. Erin then traveled to the Caribbean to attend veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Saint Kitts.  She then returned to California to complete her final clinical year at the UC Davis. Erin has a special interest in large animal surgery and enjoys traveling to the mountains to go snowboarding in her free time.

Veterinary Specialists Available for Consultation:

Dr. Kim Hawkes, Diplomate ACVC , Cardiology

Kim primarily works at Guardian Veterinary Center, the largest specialty companion animal hospital in central/northern Alberta.   She is one of only a few cardiology specialists in western Canada and is available to our equine patients for consultation by appointment.

Dr. Rory Weins, Ophthalmology

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