Clinic Expansion

Clinic Expansion

Hi all!

As you may have noticed we have begun construction on a new building adjacent to our current facility.  The new building will feature more exam rooms (which will be larger than our current ones to more comfortably accommodate our giant breeds), an expanded in-house laboratory, an expanded pharmacy, treatment area, and ICU & post surgical ward.  We are very excited about this addition and are hoping the weather will begin to cooperate as we ease into spring.  

Don't worry, your appointments and pet's hospitalization/boarding should not be negatively impacted by construction as we are working with Hillcrest Homes who, as animal lovers themselves, understand the importance of our patient's comfort and care.  Hillcrest has a well earned reputation of professionalism and respect and we are pleased to be working with them on this project.

Once the new building is finished we will begin remodeling our current facility which will feature dual surgical bays, expanded boarding area, and expanded radiograph and ultrasonography suites to name a few.  We are thankful for your loyal patronage and are excited to expand our facility to better serve you!  

  • Dr.
    R. D. Childers
    Veterinarian, Senior Partner. Dr. Childers has been practicing veterinary medicine in Northeast Mississippi since 1978. Originally from Ashland, MS he participated in the local 4-H and FFA programs as well as played High School basketball at Ashland High. After graduating high school he completed he spent the next three years completing his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University before entering Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Childers founded Willow Bend Animal Clinic in Holly Springs in August of 1978 and has been practicing ever since. Dr. Childers was honored to be named Mississippi Veterinarian of the Year in 2010. Dr. Childers makes his home in Holly Springs with his wife Sherry and his three daughters: Amanda, Emily, and Olivia. Dr. Childers’ wife, the other Dr. Childers, works at Blue Mountain College and both are actively involved in the Tippah and Union County communities. Dr. Childers is a strong supporter of community involvement and is on many local boards as well as serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church.
  • Dr. M. A. Thompson
    Veterinarian, Partner. Thompson is a Board Certified Theriogenologist and currently serves as the President of the Society of Theriogenology. Dr. Thompson was selected as Mississippi Veterinarian of the Year in 2015. Dr. Thompson also makes his home in Holly Springs with his wife Terry and his two children: Rebecca (who is a dentist here in New Albany) and Josh. Dr. Thompson is also an active member in the community and serves as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church.
  • Dr. D. M. Hunt
    Associate Veterinarian. Education: Mississippi State College of Veterinarian Medicine Dr. Hunt joined the practice as an associate veterinarian in 2013 and has contributed to the growth of the practice in Holly Springs as well as the practice in New Albany. Dr. Hunt is a graduate of Mississippi State College of Veterinarian Medicine as is his wife Megan. Dr. Hunt makes his home in Byhalia.
  • Dr.
    L. T. Smith
    Associate Veterinarian. Dr. Smith is a recent graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to veterinary school, she received Bachelor’s degrees in both Veterinary Medical Technology and Biological Sciences at Mississippi State. Dr. Smith, along with her husband Daniel and daughter Finley, are very excited about beginning the next chapter of their lives in New Albany. Two terriers, Abby and Sadie, complete the Smith family. Dr. Smith and her family reside in New Albany and enjoy being part of this close knit community.

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