VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital

Our Hospital

VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital is a full-service, AAHA-accredited, veterinary medical and surgical hospital, located in Traverse City, Michigan. The professional and courteous staff at Cherry Bend Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. Cherry Bend Animal Hospital strives to offer excellence in veterinary care to all of northern Michigan! We also offer a full-service doggy daycare as well as dog training and behavioral services. Please take a moment to contact us today and learn more about our veterinary practice and how Cherry Bend Animal Hospital can serve the needs of you and your pet.

Mission Statement

The staff of VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital is dedicated to the celebration of the animal-human bond through the pursuit of excellence in animal health care. We focus on preventative health care as well as the treatment of medical, surgical, and behavioral conditions in companion animals. We are committed to identifying and treating the cause of illness through the use of modern diagnostic and surgical techniques. Our intention is to offer superior client service along with compassionate, high quality patient care.

Local Medical Issues

Have you had concerns with your pet's behavior? If so, VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital is here to help. We are excited to introduce Dr. Katherine Houpt PhD, VMD, DACVB. Dr. Houpt is a Veterinary Behaviorist who is now accepting new patients. Please contact Dr. Houpt at 989-448-8083 or to schedule an appointment today. You may also visit her website at

Looking For A Non-Invasive Alternative to Gastrointestinal Surgery?

VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital is now offering endoscopy as a non-invasive alternative to exploratory surgery. A flexible endoscope is an instrument with an attached camera that allows visualization of the inside of the stomach, part of the intestine and the colon. The endoscope aids in the early diagnosis of gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, masses, foreign bodies, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancers. It can even be used to take internal biopsies and remove foreign bodies from the stomach, all without a surgical incision.

Dr. Erickson has recently attended a conference to stay current on the most recent uses of the flexible endoscope and can perform examinations of the throat, stomach, intestine, colon, and nasal passages.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

If your pet requires emergency veterinary care please call our hospital immediately at 231-922-0500, if it is after hours you will be directed to the veterinarian on-call for our hospital.