About PVSS

Phoenix Veterinary Surgical Specialists was founded to provide quality specialized surgical care for your beloved companion.

Our goal is to provide you a warm and personalized experience and to ensure you understand everything involved, should your pet need surgical treatment. We have a very experienced, qualified and compassionate team to provide the best care possible for your pet.

We proudly operate in conjunction with Shores Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center.

Ralph Millard DVM, MS, DACVS-SA


Prior to starting PVSS, Dr. Ralph Millard was a Staff Surgeon at a large private practice in the Kansas City area. He was previously a Clinical Assistant Professor in small animal surgery at Purdue University. He has many years of clinical experience and has authored numerous book chapters and peer reviewed scientific publications. He is proficient at numerous aspects of veterinary surgery including knee (TPLO) and other joint/ligament injuries, complex and open fractures, minimally invasive methods of fracture repair and a multitude of general soft tissue/oncologic surgical procedures.

He is a Board-Certified in Small Animal Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal.
He completed a residency in small animal surgery at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He received a Master of Science degree at Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.

He completed an internship in Small Animal Surgery, at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center in Dallas, TX. He completed a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at the University of Minnesota, in St. Paul, MN. He received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University, in Manhattan, KS

When not providing care to furry family members he enjoys spending time with his family and pets, as well as fishing, canoeing, wood-working, biking and traveling.