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Meet Our Team

Dr. HollifieldVictoria M. Hollifield, DVM

I am the owner and veterinarian of Best Friends' Veterinary Hospital.

I opened my practice in 1992.  Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I graduated from UMUC, with honors, in 1984 and from Tuskegee University in 1988, as a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honor Society. I did an externship program at Zoo Atlanta between my 2nd and 3rd year of vet school. I worked at NIH from 1987 to 1997, starting as a rodent and rabbit colony veterinarian at the Veterinary Resources Branch of the National Center for Research and Resources. I eventually became the Animal Program Director at the National Center for Human Genome Research. While commissioned officer at NIH, I worked part-time in several private practices. 

I am an avid lover of all animal life and work with animal rescue operations for Montgomery County as well with wildlife at Second Chance Wildlife Sanctuary.

My husband, Bill Ponton, and I, have a wonderful son, Grant. 

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Dina

Office Manager

 

    I have been with Best Friends Veterinary Hospital since 2003. 

I have an A.A. degree in accounting.

I enjoy being part of Best Friends' team because I love animals.

I am a proud mother of 2 beautiful children, Philip and Erica.

I have a Whippet named Pichu (ChuChu)

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Alex

Lead Receptionist

I have been in love with animals of all kinds my whole life, so it has been a thrill to start working for Best Friends' since the start of April 2019.

I grew up with many dogs, cats, horses, and a variety of small critters in my family. I currently have 2 cats (Jawa and Mouse) and a horse name Big Ben, whom I've had since I was 13.

When I'm not at work, or loving on every animal that crosses my path, I'm usually working on a community theater project somewhere.

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 Peyton
Lead Surgery Veterinary Technician

I grew up with many dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and other small animals I could sneak past my mom. 

Currently, I have 2 cats - a grey tabby named Zeus and a Siamese name Apollo. I also have a black Boxer named Kole who is my sidekick.

I always knew I wanted to work with animals.

I am currently going to school to be a veterinary technician and continue to become a vet. 

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Angelina

Receptionist

I have been taking my fur babies to Dr. Hollifield for over 25 years and now I am proud to be part of her lovely staff!

I have been a business owner in the fashion industry and studied in business development, but my love and passion are for the animals. I am ambitious, driven and caring, and love to take care of our clients.

While I am not working, I enjoy being with my family, going to the river and unwinding for the day, reading interesting articles, working in the yard, painting, and helping those in need. 

I am truly blessed for the life I have been given and look forward to grow and learn new things at Best Friends' Veterinary Hospital!

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Tatiana

Senior Lab, X-Ray, and Pharmacy Technician

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Brandon

Lead and ICU Technician

I grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I lived there for 8 years before moving to Maryland.

I graduated from Clarksburg High and attended Montgomery College with a computer science major.

I have been in the veterinary field since early 2014 and love taking care of animals.

I enjoy snowboarding, swimming, video games, and going on long hikes with my Australian Shepherd, Okkoto. You can always find me going on adventures with my pup!

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Kat

Kennel Supervisor and Veterinary Assistant 

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Cheyenne

Veterinary Assistant

My name is Cheyenne and I'm currently a student at Montgomery College.

Since I was a kid, I've dreamed to become a veterinarian and I'm on my way to achieve it!

I have two cats - Max (12 years old) and Levi (6 months old). 

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 Liz

Veterinary Assistant

I'm Liz and I am a student at a local high school.

I have been working at Best Friends' since 2017 and I aspire to be a vet when I grow up.

My hobbies include ice hockey and softball.

(Pictured is Liz holding our resident rat, Nod.)

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Danielle

Veterinary Assistant

I'm Danielle and I was raised around animals of all kinds.

I've ridden horses, handled broodmares, and cared for their foals. I've even taken care of a stallion.

I've always had a dog as a pet, but I've also had birds and exotics.

I have served as a manager at a regional pet supply store and also worked as a pet sitter and park ranger.

Pets are my passion and I treat all of them as my own.

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Our Hospital Animals

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Batman

Hospital Cat

Batman is a domestic medium hair cat

He enjoys bird & reptile watching and mountain climbing

Rolo - Staff Photo
Rolo

Hospital Cat

Rolo is a Bengal mix cat

He is a cat nipoholic and notorious bird whisperer

                     

                                   Elder                     

 

Hospital Bird

Elder is a Salmon Crested Moluccan Cockatoo

She entertains our birdie boarders!

Duncan

 

Hospital Bird

Ducan is a Cockatiel 

He is Elder's Partner in Crime

Nod

Nod

Hospital Rat

Nod loves to beg for treats and appreciates ear massages.

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