Dr. Cherika Ponds is a Charlotte, North Carolina native. She was born and raised in the Queen City where she completed her undergraduate education at NC A&T State University in 2004. In 2008, she graduated from Tuskeegee University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Before returning to her hometown, Dr. Ponds interned with Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Eaton Town, NJ. In 2009, Dr. Ponds began her career with Banfield by working at multiple hospital locations, giving her the opportunity to reach many different clients and work with various wonderful professionals. Her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is educating others about nutrition, geriatrics, and preventive medicine. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Ponds cares for her own crew of pets including dogs, Shia, Desiree, Winston, and Bricks, and cats, Lefty and Mr. Harry Walter. Her personal interests include spending time at the beach or mountains - anything nature-oriented!