With a push of community support behind him, Dr. William Will of the former Loveshop Road Veterinary Clinic has reapplied to have his license renewed and is waiting to hear back from the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Will had his license suspended indefinitely in March, and the community responded immediately collecting donations, writing character letters and more.
The veteran veterinarian with almost 50 years of experience said it took losing his license to realize what he meant to the public.
“It’s been overwhelming,” he admitted. “If I get back in, I will try to do the best I can. I hope I can satisfy those who have supported me.”
To help reopen Loveshop Road Veterinary Clinic, Dr. Will also has completed close to 100 hours of education courses.
As someone who began his career in the 70s, he admits the business isn’t even the same as it was 20 years.
With having more regulations than ever before, Dr. Will is doing what he can to educate himself.
According to a Notice of Formal Hearing and Statement of Allegations for Dr. Will for the March 5 hearing, allegations against Dr. Will say he violated state code in 2017 by providing medications to the unlicensed owner of Fur, Feathers N Fins pet shop in Halifax to administer at his own discretion.
Other violations listed in the notice were failure to label prescriptions with identifiers of clients, having no prescription label on item and administering medication with no prior physical examination or test.
He isn’t sure when he will hear back from the veterinary board due to the coronavirus.
Originally, he was told he should receive a response by July, but as August approaches, he still hasn’t heard anything.
With renewing his license, the board also will perform investigations of the clinic and other procedures before he can begin practicing again, according to Dr. Will, but his supporters like Terri Hazelwood and Tracey Rumer are going to do everything they can to help him reopen.
“I don’t see him as just a vet anymore,” said Rumer, who has been bringing her pets to see Dr. Will for more than 20 years.
“I want to help my friend. I feel like the community has spearheaded this, and just the outpour of what are we going to do now… I want Justice for Dr. Will.”
That support will continue this Saturday when Hazelwood and Rumer host a yard and bake sale complete with live music and food.
The fundraiser is slated for 8 a.m. Saturday at Heritage House in South Boston.
Attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair, and prepare to stay to hear music provided by Kermit Wright and The Good Time Band while enjoying hot dogs, chips and a drink for $4.
All proceeds will go to the Dr. Will Fund, a fund created by the two to support Dr. Will.
But, Dr. Will would like to pass that support on to pet owners who may not have the finances to get their pets the care the need.