The Weekly Check-Up Atlanta

Dr. Will Draper of The Village Vets

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Dr. Will Draper of The Village Vets


  • In Atlanta, dobermans are not clipped as much as other areas of the county.
  • Dogs are not colorblind; but don’t see as much colors as humans. Dogs see gray yellow brown and blue
  • Cats do not always land on their feet.
  • Dogs that wag their tail does not necessarily mean they are happy.
  • Dogs mouths are not cleaner than human mouths.
  • Dogs have a natural tendency to chew; bones can splinter, use a safer chew toy.
  • The Village Vets usually removes a dog’s tooth instead of capping it. Infection rates are small.
  • Heart Guard is very effective and safe–though not perfect. No drug is 100% safe and effective though.
  • Village Vets started 10 years ago have practices in Decatur, Stone Mountain, and Buckhead.

Will Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood, CA before enrolling at Tuskegee University in Alabama (fourth generation) for both undergraduate and veterinary studies. After receiving his veterinary medical degree in 1991, he started practicing in Atlanta and eventually started The Village Vets practices in 2000.

In 2007, Dr. Will and his team opened Georgia’s first AAHA-accredited small animal after-hours emergency facility, Animal Emergency Center of Decatur. He and his AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited practices have been consistently honored by Atlanta magazine as "Best Vet" since 2004. He was also recently honored as one of Atlanta’s FIVE STAR Veterinarians.

Dr. Will has appeared on many local news stations, as well as CNN. He has also had his own radio segment, "Critter Chatter," on 92.9 Dave FM’s Morning Show with Mara Davis. He is on the board of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and is active in many community and pet rescue organizations. He presently serves as a veterinary expert in’s Pet Health Community.

Dr. Will is a big fan of the Dave Matthews Band, having attended more than 30 concerts. He also enjoys painting and Atlanta Braves baseball (as well as his kids’ baseball and softball games). He and his wife, fellow veterinarian Dr. Francoise Tyler, have four children (a son and three daughters), four dogs (Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Jack Russell terrier, and King Charles spaniel), and three cats (all domestics).

View a video of Dr. Will discussing pet adoption