VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Kaori O'Neill
    Veterinary Tech School: Baker Community College

    Hi, my name is Kaori (pronounced like Cody). I graduated from Baker Community College's Veterinary Technician's program in June of 2006, and became licensed immediately thereafter. Also, I have been working as a pet groomer since 2002. I enjoy working with animals and people here at Cherry Bend.

    I married my best friend, Dan, in 2000 and moved here with him from Japan. We have a German Sheperd dog, "Nechan" (means sister in Japanese)

    Outside of work, I enjoy road cycling and mountain biking. I am very fortunate to have a job here at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital and to have a bike trail right next to the clinic!

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician

    Allison Wittkopp
    Veterinary Tech School: Baker Community College

    Newcomer to VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital and thoroughly enjoying my job as a Veterinary Technician. I have lived in the Traverse Bay area for a long time. My interest in animals goes way back. I currently have a menagerie of 3 dogs, 4 cats, 1 rabbit and 2 goats. uhew.........

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Rebecca Haskins

    I started working at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in September of 2004, a few months after graduating from the Veterinary Technician program at Baker College of Cadillac. In March of 2006, I took home a kitten that Cherry Bend had given a second chance at life. His name is Orion, a black and white domestic long hair. From there I adopted another cat from Cherry Bend called Eragon, he's orange and white. The cats and I are happy to have found each other. I hope to be seeing you and your pets soon.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Shanna Paison

    I started working at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in July of 2000 as a veterinary assistant. I have learned so much throughout the years and have made some great friends for life.

    In 2004, I started taking on-line classes and training to become a groomer. Since then, I have graduated and have become a certified groomer. I additionally did training with a professional groomer with over 20 years of experience.

    Since starting at Cherry Bend, I have adopted 3 cats: Millie, Toby and McMonster. Unfortunately, Millie and Toby have passed away; but, I have recently added an exotic shorthair named Paris and two 13 year old Shepard mixes, named Bear and C.J., to my family.

    In August, 2005 I was married to a wonderful man named Jeff and we recently bought our first house.

  • Veterinary Assistant

    Amber Scheidel

    I have been working at VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital since June of 1999. I started when I was 16 years old in the kennels. Now I am an assistant and a certified groomer. I have one cat named Molie. VCA Cherry Bend Animal Hospital is my second home, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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.