"I grew up in Fayetteville and my father ran the local FCX farm supply store. As a child, I learned to take care of our farm animals among my other chores at home and at the store. I was accepted as a member of the second class of students admitted to the new veterinary school at North Carolina State University, and I started working at Willowrun when I graduated in 1986. Veterinary medicine continues to offer me limitless learning opportunities and a never ending variety of challenging work experiences. I never have had a boring day at work."
Dr. Willie Smith graduated with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University in 1986. He started practicing veterinary medicine at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital the same year, and has worked at the practice for his entire veterinary career. Dr. Smith has experienced the transition from a rural, farm call-based veterinary practice to one that focuses mostly on companion animals examined in the hospital. He values the history of the practice and the fact that it has been in operation since 1946. He has had the chance to work with wonderful associate veterinarians and feels fortunate to have a fantastic business partner in Dr. Eileen Langdon.
Dr. Smith raised his family in the wonderful Smithfield, NC area. He and his wife Carol have two sons, Rhett and Kevin, and both of them are graduates of Smithfield-Selma High School and North Carolina State University. Rhett is a middle school science teacher and lives in Washington, DC with his wife Katie. Kevin is a construction engineer and lives in Kenly, NC with his wife Erin.
Dr. Smith treasures his membership at First Baptist Church in Smithfield, and the many close friends he has in the congregation and community. He is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County and thoroughly enjoys staying involved with the different avenues of service that it offers. Over the years, Dr. Smith has been on several international mission trips with his church and the Rotary Club, and is grateful for the chance to travel and serve others.
Looking to the future, Dr. Smith looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the people and pets in the Smithfield community alongside the dedicated and talented doctors and staff at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital.