Our Team

Dr. Mike Thompson
Owner, Veterinarian
Dr. Mike Thompson grew up in rural Benton County, Mississippi on a row-crop and cattle farm. Even though he was too young to fully grasp all that being a veterinarian involved, he proudly proclaimed as a boy that he was going to become an animal doctor one day. The older he got, the more certain Dr. Thompson became: he wanted to dedicate his life to veterinary medicine and help all the animals and pet parents that he possibly could! His dream has come full circle, and he’s now the proud owner and operator of Willow Bend Animal Clinic.

Dr. Thompson was accepted into Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 after only two years of undergraduate education, and graduated with his Doctorate in 1987. He practiced for the next year in Ripley, Tennessee before moving closer to home and working in Tupelo and Guntown. After three years of fantastic learning and growing opportunities there, Dr. Thompson joined the team here at Willow Bend Animal Clinic. He purchased half of the clinic in early 1992, and the rest in early 2018. Now, he’s been a member of the hospital family for more than 28 years and couldn’t be happier to continue serving the pets, livestock, and animal owners of this area.

Dr. Thompson is proud to have been recognized with multiple awards and accolades over the years. He was named Young Veterinarian of the Year by the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association in 1997, and became board-certified in theriogenology (reproductive medicine in animals) in 2007. In 2015, Dr. Thompson served as program chair for the Annual Conference for the Society of Theriogenology in San Antonio, and was named Veterinarian of the Year by the MVMA in 2016. He’s also proud to have served as President of the Society for Theriogenology since 2016, and as the current Treasurer of the Theriogenology Foundation.

When he has time away from work, Dr. Thompson enjoys hunting and fishing, and would also like to finish restoring his three old Jeeps. He’s also fond of spending quality time with his family and pets at home. He and his wife of more than 30 years, Terry, have two children: Rebecca, a dentist who practices in New Albany, and Joshua, who is currently completing veterinary school himself. The family shares their lives with Bonnie, a loveable Border Collie; a pair of Jack Russell Terriers named Chip and Ringo who never fail to make Dr. Thompson laugh; and four horses.
Dr. Scott Dunaway
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Scott Dunaway grew up around cattle and the agricultural industry, and always had a passion for helping animals in need. The veterinary world allowed him to combine his love of large animals and small-pet care, while also helping pet owners at the same time. For Dr. Dunaway, a career as a veterinarian just made good sense! He’s an Associate Veterinarian with the Willow Bend Animal Clinic family.

Dr. Dunaway was born in Memphis, Tennessee but grew up in Hernando, Mississippi. He was still in high school when he first landed a job at a veterinary clinic in Olive Branch. Next, Dr. Dunaway moved to Starkville to finish his undergraduate degree, working at a local cattle farm when he had time away from his classes, and then applied to veterinary school.

After graduating as a licensed veterinarian, Dr. Dunaway moved to this area with his wife and he joined the Willow Bend Animal Clinic family shortly afterward. That was in May of 2017, and he’s been caring for the area’s pets and animal owners ever since! Dr. Dunaway’s favorite part of his job is working one-on-one with fellow pet owners, and he never gets tired of the excitement on pet parents’ faces when their beloved companion gets better.

Dr. Dunaway’s interests outside of work include hunting and fishing with his father and friends, following Mississippi State sports, and spending quality time at home with his family. Along with his wife, Cyndi, and their young daughter, Ella, Dr. Dunaway shares his life with Minnie, a Golden Retriever who can frequently be seen right here at the hospital.
Dr. Hunt
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Hunt became a veterinarian for one simple reason: to help not only pets, but the owners who love and care for them, through the power of veterinary medicine. For him, using his skill set while spending time around animals every day is a dream come true. He’s proud to serve as an Associate Veterinarian here at Willow Bend Animal Clinic!

Originally from Starkville, Mississippi, Dr. Hunt attended Mississippi State University to earn his Bachelor’s degree in animal and dairy science in 2007. Next, he received his Doctorate from Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, where he received the MVMA award for Economic and Performance Medicine. Dr. Hunt launched his career in private practice at a clinic in Hattiesburg in May of 2011, then relocated to the northern part of the state a few years later. He joined the Willow Bend Animal Clinic family in July of 2013, and has been caring for the area’s pets and animal parents here ever since.

Medically, Dr. Hunt enjoys orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, and he’s also fond of getting outdoors for large-animal calls. Dr. Hunt also loves to work with veterinary students and impart important knowledge about the profession that they might not always learn in veterinary school.

Dr. Hunt’s interests outside of work include working on cars, training for and competing in Spartan races, and going deer, duck, and turkey hunting. He and his wife, Megan--a veterinarian herself and owner and operator of Cornerstone Equine Veterinary Services--have a yellow tabby cat, Lois, and two Corgis named Murphy and Abilene. Dr. Hunt’s wife also owns a horse named Wyatt.
    • CLiff ToddCLiff Todd

      Been with them since I started breeding bully they toke there time to help me all the people the are the nicest people and take real good care of the dogs

    • Shirley VanceShirley Vance

      Have always had great experience. On my fifth baby.

    • Malena Harris GrayMalena Harris Gray

      As most of my family knows I had to make a sad decision on December 23, 2017 to have my sweet baby girl Meia put to sleep because we found out after she got sick all of a sudden that she had Cancer. I took her to Willow Bend Animal Clinic because that is where she had gone for the past 11 years and I wanted to say that the staff that work there is such caring kind hearted people, each and every person we came into contact with there just loved on my baby girl and put there personal lives on hold to allow me time to make such a difficult decision. They gathered in the room with Chris and I and were loving and talking to Meia during the process of putting her to sleep right along with Chris and I and it meant the world to me because from the time Chris bought Meia for me she was strictly my baby girl. Today when I came home from work I received the sweetest condolence card in the mail and it melted my heart. I want Dr. Childers to know what such caring employees he has at his office. Thank you for caring for my Meia and for treating her like she was a princess. I will never forget your kindness.

    • Lynn Joyner ShawLynn Joyner Shaw

      very caring & knowledgeable staff

    • Michelle Phillips AndersonMichelle Phillips Anderson

      So thankful for this clinic! Some of the physicians have changed through the years, but quality has not! Thank you Willowbend for always taking such great care of my fur babies!

    • Jody Lee EdwardsJody Lee Edwards

      Great people and their on top of their game. No matter if it’s a kitten or a Bull they can handle it.

    • Tammy Cheney HollisTammy Cheney Hollis

      Absolutely the best vet office I’ve ever known! They truly care about your best friend ......and you. Still to heart broken to talk about but so utterly grateful for this vet i wanted to give them a thousand paws up!