Willowrun Veterinary Hospital

Meet Our Team

Our team of veterinary experts and dedicated supporting staff are ready and waiting to serve your pet, with everything from wellness care and ongoing treatments to surgical procedures and everything in-between. Learn more about our industry-leading team of vets here.

Willie Smith

DVM & Co-Owner

Learn more about Dr. Smith by watching this personal video!

"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 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 from North Carolina State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1986 and began working at Willowrun shortly after. He has worked at Willowrun for his entire career and has experienced the transition from a rural, farm call-based practice to one that now focuses on examining pets in the hospital. He values the history of the practice and the fact that it has been in operation since 1946 and looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the people and pets in his community alongside the dedicated and talented staff members and fellow veterinarians.

Dr. Smith and his wife, Carol, raised their family in wonderful Smithfield, NC. Together they have two sons who are both graduates of Smithfield-Selma High School and North Carolina State University. Rhett is the IB Middle Years Program Coordinator at Smithfield-Selma and currently lives in Smithfield with his wife, Katie, and their son, Penn. Kevin is a construction engineer and currently lives in Kenly with his wife, Erin, and their daughter, Emerson.

The Smiths treasure their membership at First Baptist Church in Smithfield, and the many close friends they have 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.

Eileen Langdon


Learn more about Dr. Langdon by watching this personal video!

"While I was in college in Kentucky in the late 1970s and early 1980s, I was trying to figure out God's plan for me. I felt called to serve. I felt called to serve the ones in our world who seemingly have no voice. The ones who need an advocate. So, for me, that meant kids (a pediatrician) or critters (a veterinarian). Well, critters it was and it has been, and continues to be, an exciting and ongoing adventure!"

Dr. Eileen Langdon received her degree in veterinary medicine from Auburn University in 1986. She joined the Willowrun family and health care team as an associate veterinarian in 1990, and became a partner in 2007.

Dr. Langdon and her husband Mike have three children: John Michael, Hunter and Megan. Together as a family, they run a 3rd generation farm in the McGees Crossroads community. Livestock and crops are raised on the farm where preserving its natural resources are always the first priority. As the 2010 winner of the NC Conservation Farm Family of the Year Award, they take stewardship very seriously. One of their favorite hobbies is tending to their purebred and crossbred cattle herd of Red Angus and Simmental. Look them up at the NC State Fair where they show their purebred cattle!

Jacob Hammond

DVM, Medical Director, & Co-Owner

Learn more about Dr. Jacob Hammond by watching this personal video!

"While most people have a clear memory of exactly when they wanted to be a veterinarian, I never experienced that light bulb moment. However, growing up reading James Herriot, living on a dairy farm with my German Shepherd, and going to an agricultural-focused college where I spent my mornings feeding or milking cows before class, I slowly realized that no other job could possibly give me the same fulfillment. Being able to provide care when an animal needs it is incredibly rewarding and something that will motivate me for my entire career."

Dr. Jacob Hammond is a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He spent his early years in an Atlanta suburb, taking care of every kind of animal a half acre lot could hold. He then spent his later years helping his family build My Dad and Me Family Farm. Today the farm centers on its Jersey herd and milk production, but also produces free-range eggs, broilers, hogs and garden produce. He worked on the farm until attending Berry College of Rome, Georgia, where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in English, with minors in Animal Science and Chemistry.

With every daily interaction, Dr. Hammond strives to provide a comfortable environment in which relationships with pet and parent alike allow the best medical care possible to take place. He has special interests in working and police dogs, emergency medicine, and small animal surgery.

Dr. Hammond moved to the Kenly area after joining the Willowrun team in 2015. He is married to Dr. Madeline Hammond, who specializes in acupuncture and integrative medicine here at Willowrun. They have two sons named Ellis and Jack, a German Shepherd named Leisel, and a Husky mixed breed named Desmond. Outside of work, Dr. Hammond spends his time writing, hiking, and beekeeping; as well as doing Crossfit and watching the Atlanta Braves.

Madeline Hammond


Learn more about Dr. Madeline Hammond by watching this personal video!

"Growing up with a border collie, several cats, and a flock of ducks, I've always been fascinated with God's creatures and desired to be a veterinarian. My family has encouraged this interest since childhood. I remember many evenings spent snuggled on the couch with my Nana watching James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small, and a springtime spent hatching out ducklings in our suburban neighborhood! This led me to start working one-on-one with our family's veterinarian when I was 14 years old. She took me under her wing and I absolutely fell in love with the profession. As the years have passed, I've learned what a tremendous blessing it is to be able to serve my community by caring for its animals."

Dr. Madeline Hammond was raised in Avon Lake, Ohio, and studied Animal Science at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. She met her husband, Dr. Jacob Hammond, working at the college's Jersey Dairy in the mornings before class. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Madeline is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. She blends progressive, evidence-based medicine with complementary practices, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, to offer her patients comprehensive, holistic care tailored to their individual needs.

She and her husband live with their two sons, Ellis and Jack, a German Shepherd dog named Leisel, and a Husky/Shepherd mix named Desmond in Kenly. When she's not chasing after the boys, she enjoys doing CrossFit, gardening, hiking, cooking, and traveling.

Lauren Mealin


Learn more about Dr. Lauren Mealin by watching this personal video!

Dr. Lauren Mealin is a Veterinarian at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital in Smithfield, North Carolina. In 2011, she graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology, and went on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 from Kansas State University. Prior to arriving at Willowrun, she has worked as a veterinarian at a 24-hour small animal emergency hospital, followed by two small animal private practices. Dr. Mealin is Fear Free Certified and her areas of professional interest include internal medicine, dentistry, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, and pain management. She has always had a strong desire to work with animals, and started her career in the veterinary industry in 2008 as a veterinary assistant prior to becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Mealin says the best part about working in the veterinary field is helping people help their pets, as it is so rewarding to improve the health of a pet and help maintain the human animal bond in the process.

Growing up in an Army family, Dr. Mealin has lived all over the country, including California, Texas, Kansas, Hawaii, Virginia, and North Carolina. She currently shares a home with her husband, Andrew, their son, Henry, and a mixed breed dog, Andy. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the lake to waterski, wake surf, and swim. She also enjoys road biking, hiking, and exploring outdoors. A fun fact about Dr. Mealin is that she has been waterskiing since she was 5 years old, and was on the Waterski/Wakeboard club team at North Carolina State University.

Katelyn Ellis


Dr. Ellis is an Associate Veterinarian at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Ellis graduated with her Bachelor’s in Animal Science from Berry College in 2011 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. In addition to her schooling, Dr. Ellis completed a one-year internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala, a three-year residency in Theriogenology at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and studied veterinary acupuncture at Chi University. Dr. Ellis began working in the veterinary field in 2003 as a kennel staff member and eventually became a technician. She stated her first job as a veterinarian in 2015.

Science and animals were two of Dr. Ellis’s biggest passions when she was young, so veterinary medicine was a very strong calling for her. After spending her high school years working with a local wildlife rehab and nursing orphaned animals to health, Dr. Ellis knew she was meant to be a veterinarian. Her favorite part about working in the field is building life-long relationships with patients and clients. As an advocate for veterinary reproduction, Dr. Ellis values facilitating the creation of new life and watching those animals grow up to live happy and health lives.

Born and raised in Georgia, Dr. Ellis moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 2016 for her residency and loved it so much that she decided to stay! She lives with her partner, Matthew, who is a social worker, and her black and white Shetland Sheepdog named Tipsy, who is a retired show dog and a former patient of Dr. Ellis! In her free time, Dr. Ellis enjoys spending time outdoors, caring for her jungle of indoor plants, and reading.


Client Care Manager

Laine joined the team at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital in 1998 as a part-time animal caretaker and advanced her position to a veterinary assistant, helping with appointments, surgeries, and large animals.

Laine is presently the Client Care Manager at Willowrun and has over twenty years of experience working in the veterinary field. She focuses on providing clients with a great experience at every visit, as well as inventory management and IT-related tasks.

Born and raised in Benson, Laine is proud to work alongside her fellow coworkers at a Christian business that serves the local community. In her free time, Laine enjoys spending time with her husband and horseback riding. Her first forever friend was a horse named Atta Boy Brick, who lived a long and healthy life of 30 years! She currently has an English Shepherd named Little Bit who is quite the rockstar, and was even awarded the 'Most Amazing Dog' at the local 5k.


Veterinary Assistant/Technician in Training

Originally from Texas, life guided Alysia to North Carolina where she is a Veterinary Assistant here at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2018 and is currently in school to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. She finds that there is something very special about treating those who don't have a voice and knew from day one that veterinary medicine was where she was meant to be. At home, she has two dogs and two cats, one of which is a tripod kitty, which she feels is the cutest type of kitty.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Amy joined the team at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital as a Registered Veterinary Technician in April 2017. She graduated from the veterinary technician program at Central Carolina Community College in 1990. Amy brings over 30 years of experience to the clinical team at Willowrun, and is highly skilled in fear-free handling techniques.

To Amy, the best part about working at Willowrun is starting each day with a devotion. She also values the team atmosphere and finds fulfillment in knowing she can positively impact an animal's health while fostering an enjoyable interaction with clients and their pets.

Amy has lived in Johnston County her entire life. She has two children, along with two dogs and four cats. A few of her favorite things include comfort foods, the movie To Dance with the White Dog, and cuddling up with a good book.


Boarding & Kennel Assistant

Anya, Boarding and Kennel Assistant with us at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital, graduated from Rosewood High School in Goldsboro, NC. She is currently attending North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she is majoring in Animal Science. Her passion for the well-being of animals began when she was a young girl and motivated her to work towards her dream career in veterinary medicine.

Anya enjoys spending time with her friends and family, working with animals, and traveling. She has a sweet blue Pit bull named Ace and has a soft spot for Pit bulls and Golden Retrievers.

Bailey B.

Veterinary Assistant/Technician in Training

Bailey is a Veterinary Assistant/Technician in Training at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital. Bailey has had a strong passion for animals ever since she was a little girl and enjoys getting to educate clients with her knowledge as well as help nurture sick pets back to health.

She has lived on a farm her entire life and truly enjoys working with her livestock. Additionally, she enjoys her sweet indoor fur babies which include a cat name Archie, an Australian Cattle Dog named Adalida, and a Chihuahua named George.


Client Relations

Casie joined the Client Relations team at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital in August 2016. Her friendly personality and innate love for animals makes her role at Willowrun a dream come true. To Casie, being part of the team at Willowrun is something she's dreamed of and is her happy place.

Casie is knowledgeable in veterinary medicine and is interested in becoming a Veterinary Assistant and working hands on with the animals. She especially loves the German Shepherd breed. At home, Casie has two dogs and three cats.

Casie was raised in Johnston County, but moved around quite a bit as a military family. She returned to Smithfield in 2016, and is now engaged and the mother to three boys. In her free time, Casie enjoys playing with her kids, decorating, and spending time with her family and friends.


Client Relations

Clarissa is a graduate of South Johnston High School and a member of the Client Relations team at Willowrun. She has always wanted to work in a veterinary clinic and is grateful to Willowrun for the opportunity. She hopes to finish her training as a veterinary technician in the future. Originally from Four Oaks, Clarissa enjoys spending time with her husband, step daughter, and two cats, as well as drawing and reading.


Registered Veterinary Technician

Denise is a state and national board-certified Registered Veterinary Technician. She joined the team at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital in 1998, and is a graduate of Central Carolina Community College. Denise has areas of professional interest in veterinary dentistry and surgery.

Denise has almost thirty years of experience working in the veterinary field. At Willowrun, she is most grateful for the team of doctors and staff that work together to help clients and understand how to help clients' pets feel their best and live a good life.

Denise grew up in Cary, NC and now lives just outside of Four Oaks, NC. She is happily married with three children. In addition to children, she also has three dogs named Amellia, Bentley, and Buddy, and three cats named Mr. Puss, Max, and Allister. She also has chickens. In her free time, Denise enjoys working in the yard, spending time with her family, boating, fishing, and hiking.


Boarding & Kennel Assistant

DomUnique comes from a military family and has lived in many places, including Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Japan, and eventually landed here in North Carolina. After working in other fields, DomUnique began working in veterinary medicine as she could not imagine anything better than helping animals and people. Outside of the hospital, she enjoys listening to music, playing volleyball, roller skating, and horseback riding. At home, DomUnique has a mini Pinscher named Tina, and a Pit mix named Mori, but has a soft spot for Rottweilers.


Veterinary Assistant

Estela, a Johnston County native, is a Veterinary Assistant at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital. She has always had a passion for animals and knew she wanted to pursue a career working with them in the future. She received her Veterinary Animal Assistant Certificate from the Animal Behavior College in 2016 and has been working in the field for over 3 years. She says that working in the veterinary field has been an adventure and she plans to pursue her degree as a Veterinary Technician in the coming years.

Estela is a proud fur-mom to two beautiful dogs, a Chihuahua mix named Snow and a Lab Pit mix named Max. Additionally, she has three beta fish, two goldfish, and snails. She enjoys going on walks, reading, and spending time with her family and friends in her spare time.

Kelly E.

Registered Veterinary Technician & Animal Care Technician Leader

Kelly joined the hospital team at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital in the summer of 2002, and is cross-trained in all areas of the practice. She is highly experienced in anesthesia and veterinary dentistry. Most of all, Kelly is proud of the high quality of care the medical team at Willowrun can offer to clients and pets.

In May 2010, Kelly graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science. In addition, Kelly is a state and national board-certified registered veterinary technician and received her degree from Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC. She has areas of professional interest in surgery and wildlife rehabilitation.

Kelly has lived in Smithfield her entire life and is a proud mother to her daughter Mikayla. She is also a pet parent to a cattle dog mix named Bubba. Kelly volunteers her time at her daughter's school every Thursday, where she hands out lunches to students, in addition to doing presentations for students at South Smithfield Elementary School with the team at Willowrun. In her free time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and playing softball.

Kelly R.

Veterinary Assistant

Kelly is a Veterinary Assistant at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital. She earned her Veterinary Assistant Certificate from the Animal Behavior College in 2014 and has been working in the veterinary field since 2015. She plans to attend Technician School and become a Registered Veterinary Technician in the future. Kelly grew up around animals and feels that the animal-human bond has been a constant in her life. It has been her dream to work with animals since a very young age.

Originally from upstate New York, Kelly has lived in Goldsboro since she was five. She has been happily married for eight years, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, fishing, and escaping to Shackleford Banks with her husband in her spare time. At home, she has a zoo of her own that includes dogs, cats, two horses, and a snake.


Registered Veterinary Technician & Technician Team Leader

Kirsten joined the team at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital in 2009. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician and 2015 graduate of Central Carolina Community College. Kirsten has areas of professional interest in preventative care and rehabilitation, and is trained in veterinary acupuncture.

At Willowrun, Kirsten enjoys providing client education and getting to grow close with clients and their beloved pets.

Kirsten has lived in Benson her entire life. She is happily married, and they have an adorable toddler named Gunnar. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys DIY projects, hunting, and fishing. She also volunteers her time helping children at South Smithfield Elementary School. At home, Kirsten has four dogs named Franklin, Baby Girl, Alayna, and Mowgli. They know no tricks other than looking cute!


Client Relations

Susan joined the hospital family at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital in 2001 and works in Client Relations. She has an innate desire to make people feel appreciated, and ensures clients at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital always receive outstanding customer care.

Susan is married with two children and three grandchildren. She also has a pet family of Yorkies, named Cricket, Twinkles, Sassy, and Puppy. In her free time, Susan enjoys reading and attending music concerts. Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors are her favorite! Susan is also a fantastic cook, and provides her elderly friends with delicious home cooked meals.


Bailey S.

Kennel Assistant

Bailey grew up near Archer Lodge, North Carolina and has always had a passion for working with animals. After three years in the veterinary field, Bailey’s favorite part about making Willowrun Veterinary Hospital her home is being a part of a Christian veterinary family and establishing relationships with clients and their pets. For the last year, she has come to value these relationships and loves that clients know their pets are safe and well-cared for at Willowrun. Being a North Carolina native, Bailey is a big fan of true Southern food. Her favorite movie is Steel Magnolias and she loves to write/blog and read in her free time. Bailey currently lives in Smithfield with her husband, her American short hair cat named Taraheel or “Tara”, and two grey tabby cats named Gabbie and Eden Grace.

Join the Willowrun Veterinary Hospital Family Today!

Located on S Brightleaf Blvd between E Wilson St and E Stevens St. Directly across from Harper's Flea Market Mall and next to The Mulch Yard.

Phone: 919.934.1504

  • Monday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed