Dr. Willard is a graduate of the Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Professor Emeritus of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and specializes in gastroenterology, hepatology, pancreatology and endoscopy. Dr. Willard has held faculty appointments at Michigan State University, Mississippi State University, and Texas A&M University. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine and has given over 3,800 hours of invited post-graduate continuing education lectures (nationally and internationally). He has over 80 referenced publications and has over 150 book chapters in print.