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What to Expect

Espy-Wright.jpgWelcome! Thank you for choosing New Albany Animal Clinic for your pet’s care

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

We understand this and that is why client education and participation is incredibly important to us. We want to do everything in our power to ease your fears regarding everything from routine shots to advanced surgical procedures. We want your visit to be an enjoyable experience for both you and your pet. We are all animal lovers here and we work hard to create a warm, inviting and comfortable environment for you and your pet.

When you check in with our front desk you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly and courteous team members (or work family as we like to call them!). If you have already completed your “check-in” form on the website you will be ready to go to a room; if not one will be provided for you to fill out. We know you are busy and we do everything in our power to stay on schedule and are proud to average less than a three minute wait time!

A member of our medical staff will soon meet you in the lobby and bring you into an examination room where we will ask a few questions and review information. Your pet will then be weighed and we will measure your pet’s vital signs – just like when you go for a visit to your doctor!

A veterinarian will then meet you and your pet and spend some time talking with you to address your concerns, pet’s history, recommend additional diagnostic testing if needed, and create your pet’s individual care plan.

If additional testing is necessary, New Albany Animal Clinic is a modern facility with state of the art diagnostic equipment and an in-house laboratory, so most tests can be performed here which alleviates much of the “waiting” stress associated with medical appointments.

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  • 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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