Vet

Dozens of individuals wait outside Loveshop Road Veterinary Clinic Saturday morning as they wait for their chance to pick up their pet’s records. Dr. William Will’s clinic is closing.

The outpouring of community support for Dr. William Will, owner of Loveshop Road Veterinary Clinic, continues.

The Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine suspended Dr. Will’s license indefinitely on March 5 following a formal hearing, and his clinic is closing at the end of the week. Dr. Will has been a practicing veterinarian since 1973.

The Halifax Town Council at its Tuesday evening business meeting adopted a resolution in support of Dr. Will.

“The Town Council of Halifax, Virginia does respectfully ask and petition the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine to work with Dr. Will and make every effort to restore his license so that he may continue to serve our very rural area,” as stated in the resolution.

Councilman Jack Dunavant brought up the resolution he drafted during a work session preceding the business meeting, and the resolution was added to the meeting agenda.

“I think it would be appropriate for the town to make a resolution in support of the veterinary association working with Dr. Will to try to get him in compliance so that he can continue to do his work which he has done for the past 47 years,” Dunavant said.

“We’re not trying to point fingers at anybody about being right or wrong. I know Dr. WIll like a lot of us old folks does things the old way, and in today’s bureaucratic world, sometimes that’ll get you in some big trouble. I hope that they (the board) will take a kindly look at this situation...and I think some support from the council will be good.”

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.

Councilman Michael Trent expressed his wholehearted support of the proposed resolution for Dr. Will.

“There’s an awful lot of folks around here that wouldn’t be able to take as good care of their animals without the service that he gives,” Trent said.

“I know he’s had some trouble in the past...the rules are the rules, but I do think those folks (the veterinary board) ought to understand that he’s actually really valuable to this community.”

Councilman William “Bill” Confroy voiced his support, as well.

“He’s served this community for almost five decades, and he’s done a whole lot more good than he ever did bad,” Confroy said.

The council’s resolution states that Dr. Will has been a “valued veterinarian, friend and citizen to the people and animals of the Halifax County area for the past 47 years” and that Dr. Will has provided “very low cost or no cost spay and neuter care for SPCA animals.”

The resolution also mentions another petition being circulated in support of Dr. Will, on change.org with nearly 10,000 signatures. A Facebook page, “Justice for Doctor Will” also has been created, with more than 3,000 members and personal testimonies about the veterinary care Dr. Will has provided over the years.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.