Eric LaPorte, DVM


Eric was born and raised on a farm near Bonnyville, Alberta. Eric worked in the construction industry and earned his Journeyman in carpentry at Lakeland College. He then continued his studies at Lakeland College and earned a diploma in Animal Sciences where one of his professors also fostered an interest in veterinary medicine. After working on a dairy in Manitoba and then a mixed farm near Drumheller for 4 years he returned to the University of Alberta to study Animal Sciences. He then attended the UCVM in Calgary and graduated in 2013. Eric has an interest in cow-calf operations focusing on herd health and has worked with cattle management software to record inventory, treatments, preg-checks, protocols, and other data on-farm to assist in data-based decision making on the farm.

Outside of the clinic, Eric can be found tinkering, fixing, working on small construction and renovation projects, and also enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking, camping, scuba diving.

Shannon Stannard, RVT

Veterinary Technician/ Owner

Shannon grew up on a Dairy/Beef farm near Sherwood Park. As a result of her love for cattle, she decided to go to Lakeland College for Animal Health Technology where she graduated in 1986

She worked at a small animal clinic for a couple years but moved onto Large animal where her heart is. She started at Stockyards Vet in 1989 and worked her way through the variety of positions within the practice until the practice came up for sale. Dr. Rick Faintuck and Shannon partnered and bought Stockyards in 1997. Sadly, Dr. Rick passed away in 2019 and Shannon took on the challenge of keeping Stockyards moving forward!

Outside work Shannon and her husband, Brad have 3 beautiful children, now grown and one grandson. She stays actively involved in the community and being a Girl Guides leader for over 30 years. They enjoy traveling, cruises, camping and hiking.

‘I look forward to coming to work every single day. Our clients are like family and I am loyal to them as they are to us.’

Megan Campbell, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Megan grew up in Ontario and Nova Scotia with a passion for all animals. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician program at Northern College 2013 in Ontario. Megan moved to Alberta in 2014 to start her tech career in Small Animal/Emergency. She moved into a Mixed Animal practice to learn as much as possible. Megan as been apart of the Stockyards team since March 2017. You will see Megan in the Tofield office helping clients and out on farm Bull testing with the Veterinarian.

Outside work Megan is also a Dog Groomer and enjoys agility with her Red Heeler, Ryley and riding her horses. Megan and her Husband have 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses and live on the family Gain/Cattle farm.

Gaile Ash

Reception/ Office Manager

Gaile grew up on a poultry farm north of Edmonton. Moved to an acreage in 1993 and started at Stockyards in December 2007. You will see Gaile in our Tofield office helping clients with feed and personal accounts. Yet her office specialty is cuddling Daisy the office cat. Gaile and her husband, Gordie at home enjoy horses, golfing and gardening.

Nicole Gunderson


Nicole processed and rode pens with her husband at Highland Feeders Ltd, before moving back home to be close with family and build a house of their own. In 2013 Nicole started working at Viking Auction Mart penning, clerking and processing. She joined the Stockyards team in March 2020. At home Nicole and her husband have 2 children and stay busy attending cattle shows and jr. events with the kids. They continue to grow/expand their own purebred cattle herd.

Amy McCormack

Reception/ Edmonton Office Manager

Amy grew up just south of Sherwood park, on an acreage. Amy was immersed in animals from a young age, her grandma raised pure breed alpacas and always had cats and dogs. When she was 8 she got more and more into horse riding and now has two medicine hat paint horses. She took Animal Science Technology at Lakeland college then transferred to U of S where she did more in the animal science world From expanding knowledge at the college to working in the Dairy world for CanWest DHI, and having her own flock of pure breed Canadian Arcott Sheep. She has now moved back to Alberta to be closer to family with her daughter.