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.
    • Leslie PadgettLeslie Padgett

      I absolutely love them there! They are vet understanding, helpful and reassuring! They take the time with you to understand what has happened and do everything they can to make your Animal better! I know Tater is thankful for y'all just as much as I am!!

    • Kym BennettKym Bennett

      I am so grateful for you guys without all of you there would be a world of sad people but with you comes peace of knowing that our babies will get the loving touch and care each of you bring! Our Gauge had surgery today and he is doing great and from the bottom of our hearts we say THANKS!!!

    • Shirley VanceShirley Vance

      Have always had great experience. On my fifth baby.

    • Rebecca Mathis RodgersRebecca Mathis Rodgers

      My little beagle Zoe had her spay surgery here and of course I was so nervous about how it would go and how her recovery would be. When we picked her up she acted like we had taken her on a vacation for a spa treatment or something! She had the best care while she was with them & she had zero pain afterwards which I think was due to how gentle and awesome they were with her when she was in surgery. She healed perfectly. We are so thankful!!!

    • Mike FlyMike Fly

      Much improvement at the front desk. Several vets to choose from & our pups are happy.

    • Jackie Adeline GrayJackie Adeline Gray

      I just want to say Willow Bend is AMAZING and I couldn't ask for a nicer group of people Dr. Thompson and Dr. Childers go above and beyond for their patients and the families of their patients 🙂 so From Axle Rose and I, THANK YOU... Your amazing!

    • Ronalee BalléeRonalee Ballée

      Very caring and compassionate staff, went there for the first time today to have my kitty put to sleep, all were wonderful, will definitely come back for any future vet needs.