Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham

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VSB Surgeons

Each of our surgeons has undergone extensive post-veterinary school training in the specialty field of veterinary surgery.  


James L. Milton, DVM, MS

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Retired Professor Emeritus AUCVM

Dr. Milton graduated from Auburn University CVM in 1967, earned a M.S. Degree in surgery and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1982. At Auburn, his teaching and research focused on orthopedic disease. He has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters. He has received several awards for his clinical research work. Dr. Milton retired from Auburn in 1994 as Professor Emeritus and established Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham in 1994. 


Antonio Ballagas, DVM, MS

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animal

Dr. Ballagas received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999 from Auburn University CVM. From there he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania followed by a residency in Small Animal Surgery at Auburn University CVM. He concurrently completed a Masters Degree with a focus on canine cruciate ligament disease and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). Dr. Ballagas was then a clinical instructor at Auburn University CVM before joining Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham in 2004. He completed board certification to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2005. 


David I. Dismukes, DVM, MS

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons - Small Animal

Dr. Dismukes received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2004 from Auburn University CVM, then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University SVM.  He went on to complete a residency and clinical instructorship in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Missouri – Columbia VMTH.  Concurrently, he completed a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences focusing on the alignment of the canine pelvic limb.  Dr. Dismukes completed board certification to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009 during his clinical instructorship at UMC. He entered private specialty practice in 2009 and joined Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham in 2011.

Paul Vaughn, DVM, MSPH


Dr. Vaughn received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University CVM in 2011. He then completed two internships; one in small animal medicine and surgery at Mississippi State University CVM and one in specialty surgery at Hollywood Animal Hospital in Florida. He completed a residency in Small Animal Surgery at Mississippi State University CVM in 2016. His research during his residency was focused on distal humeral fracture stabilization. He is board eligible in 2017. He joined Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham in 2016.