VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital

Traverse City Veterinarians

We invite you to explore the biographies of our doctors and learn more about them. Our doctors have a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.

  • John Sheard

    Medical Director
    Veterinary 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, ...
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  • Jill Erickson

    Associate Veterinarian
    Veterinary 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 ...
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  • Katherine Houpt

    Associate Veterinarian
    Board Certification: DACVB
    Veterinary School: University of Pennsylvania
    Graduate School: University of Pennsylvania

    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 ...
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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.