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Dr. Hollifield Victoria 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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Charlotte

 Charlotte
Hospital Manager

Taking care of animals and helping people are two passions that I have had throughout my life. Initially joining the Best Friends’ family as a receptionist, I brought with me over 20 years of experience providing client care/technician services in veterinary medicine, rescue work, and with pet care companies.

I’ve homed numerous animals over the years, and have loved every one of them as if they were my very own. I currently share my life with multiple rescues. No matter what the day brings, I enjoy knowing that hopefully someone’s “Best Friend” is a little bit happier.

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              Dynaia Dynaia
Receptionist

 

Hi! I’m Dynaia, and I am the receptionist at Best Friends’. I have always had a love for animals and learning about them ever since I was young. I am currently working on my veterinary technician degree at Penn Foster.

I am a mom to a silly and adorable dog named Raven. She is the sweetest, most loving and the biggest ball of energy!

I can’t wait to meet you and your animals! (:

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Cecelia

 Cecelia
Lead Technician

Hi. I’m Cecelia, a vet tech here at Best Friends’. Before joining Dr Hollifield’s team I was working with the Humane Rescue Alliance in DC as first animal care, then a vet tech.

I’ve earned my BS in Zoology from Northern Michigan University, and am currently working on my veterinary technician degree with Penn Foster.

I’ve got an adorable cat at home, Axinite, though I’ve been a temporary home to many fosters, and I keep many animals in my heart. I’m so excited to meet everyone’s animals and do my best!

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              Anna Anna
Veterinary Assistant

 

I joined Best Friends' Veterinary Hospital as a Veterinary Assistant in March 2021. I've moved all over the place throughout my studies, but settled down permanently here in Maryland after receiving my Bachelor's degree from McDaniel College.

Working with animals has been a lifelong passion of mine, and I plan on continuing my education to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine. I have a special fondness for reptiles and avians, and have studied falconry for several years. When I'm not working, I'm either spoiling my Husky mix (Peanut), driving, or geeking out over theatre.

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Raha

Raha
Veterinary Assistant 

I’m Raha. I'm working as a veterinary assistant at BFVH, and I love being around all kinds of animals and learning every day. I'm majoring in animal science at the University of Maryland and will be graduating May 2021. I'm aiming to go to veterinary school and to be a veterinarian one day.

Dr. Hollifield and her staff have created an enjoyable and caring environment to give the greatest care to animals, and that has made it the best place for me to gain as much experience as possible.

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Danielle - Staff Photo

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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Rajashree

Rajashree
Veterinary Assistant

My name is Rajashree, better known as Raj.

Sitting with me is Bruce, a handsome cat who looks like he wears a tux all the time. 

 I am the fortunate caregiver to two beautiful cats, Frank and Bruce. Frank decided that his naptime was far more critical than any photoshoot, so he is not in the frame.

Because of the pandemic, I was fortunate enough to pursue a dormant and longtime dream of working with animals. After being in the hospitality industry for over 30 years, providence opened a beautiful and unexpected window.

Being a Veterinary Assistant is a dream come true. Not a single day passes without being in awe of all the beautiful animals and for the opportunity to serve them.

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Nik

Nik
Veterinary Assistant

I'm Nik, and I'd love to meet your pet! I'm really glad to be working here at Best Friends and having the opportunity to meet (and treat) your pet to bring them to their best! Growing up with dogs and riding horses, I am no stranger to the quirks and crazy mess of pets and the energy that we know and love them for.

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Our Hospital Animals

Krusty Krab
Krusty Krab

Hospital Guinea Pig

I’m the resident guinea pig at BFVH!

I enjoy giving side-eye, and nibbles. And have *the best* cheeks!

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Rolo
Rolo

Hospital Cat

Rolo is a Bengal mix cat

He is a cat nipoholic and notorious bird whisperer.

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              Elder Elder

 

Hospital Bird

Elder is a Salmon Crested Moluccan Cockatoo

She entertains our birdie boarders!

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              Frosties Frosties

 

Frosties is a female blood red phase corn snake. She was born the summer of 2008 and came to live at Best Friends’ in 2020. She is very gentle and easy to handle, and we are happy to have her living with us.

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