VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital

John Sheard, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Dr. John Sheard graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and joined VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in 2010.  He currently serves as the Medical Director of VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital.  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.

John lives in Traverse City with his wife Kathy, their son Logan, three yellow labs, Skylar, Atlas and Sydney.  They also have a California King snake named Salazar and a Ball Python named Cuddles.  His pastimes include racing laser sailboats, playing guitar and running. 


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.