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VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital

VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital

10387 Cherry Bend Road | Traverse City, MI 49684

Call 231-769-2953
Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sunday Closed
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam

We're more than an animal hospital! We're the place where pet parents know they can bring their pets for superb veterinary care that sets new standards for quality and kindness. For pets and pet parents alike, a trip to our clinic is an opportunity to see how our neighborly, welcoming staff cares for your pet as if it were their own, and treats you with the friendliness and respect you'd expect from an industry leader.

Some of our services and amenities include: Dental Care, Surgery, Emergency and Critical Care, Pharmacy, Euthanasia Services, Boarding, Pain Management, Surgical Services, Immunizations, Internal Medicine, Nutrition Counseling, Radiology, Ultrasound, Pet Day Care, Behavioral Medicine

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Our Exam Rooms! Our Exam Rooms!
Welcome to VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital! Welcome to VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital!
VCA is committed to continuously improving its standard of care. VCA is committed to continuously improving its standard of care.
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Dr. John Sheard, DVM
Dr. John Sheard, DVM

Medical Director
School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. John Sheard graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and joined Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in 2010. John also has an MBA in finance and prior to becoming a veterinarian, spent 14 years working in corporate finance. While in school, John served as Treasurer for the Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Association and was the recipient of both a Veterinary Dental Award and Student Achievement Award in Small Animal Medicine.

John�s primary areas of interest are small animal internal medicine and both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. He is a member of both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Sheard is excited to meet the clients and patients of Cherry Bend Animal Hospital and to provide compassionate, high quality medical care.

John lives in Traverse City with his wife Kathy, their son Logan, their Yellow Labs Koda and Skyler and California King Snake Salazar. His pastimes include fly fishing, biking and camping.

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Dr. Jill Erickson, DVM
Dr. Jill Erickson, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
School: Michigan State University

I became a part of the Cherry Bend team in June 2007 after graduating from Michigan State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Animals have always been an important part of my life, and I also enjoy the unique opportunity I have to help people by keeping their animals healthy. While a student, I had the chance to serve on a mission trip to Honduras, where we cared for cattle and horses of the local villagers. Now I am excited to promote the human-animal bond by providing care for the fuzzier members of the family here in Traverse City.

When I am not at work, I enjoy hiking, bicycling, and pretty much anything else that will get me outdoors. I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful team at VCA Cherry Bend and look forward to meeting you and your pets.

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Dr. Leslie Littlefield, DVM
Dr. Leslie Littlefield, DVM

Associate Veterinarian
School: Michigan State University

I was born and raised in Traverse City.
In May of 2000, I graduated from MSU college of veterinary medicine & one week later I married my husband Jim. I practiced small animal medicine & surgery in Sparta MI near Grand Rapids for one year.

In July, 2001 my husband and I made the move back to Traverse City with our Welsh Corgi "Bea".

I am very excited to be working in Traverse City and at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital.

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Katherine Houpt, VMD

Associate Veterinarian
School: University of Pennsylvania
Certifications: ACVB

Katherine Albro Houpt received her veterinary degree and also her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Dr Houpt specializes in the treatment of behavior problems of animals, primarily dogs, cats, and horses. She directed the Animal Behavior Clinic and taught at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. Dr Houpt is the author of many papers and a widely used textbook, Domestic Animal Behavior. She frequently lectures both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Houpt has a behavior consultation business and services all of Northern Michigan. Dr. Houpt is currently accepting new patients and she is willing to perform consultations on location here at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital or within the patients' home.

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