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.  In addition, each has a Master's Degree of Science and has passed rigorous testing to become a Board-Certified member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).


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 member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1982. At Auburn, his teaching and research focused on orthopedic problems. He has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at local and state meetings. 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. 


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 Bachelor of Science in 2000 from Auburn University of Montgomery.  He obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2004 from Auburn University CVM, followed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University SVM.  He then completed 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 and angular limb deformities.  Dr. Dismukes completed board certification to become a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2009 and joined Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham in February of 2011.

VSB Staff




Shawn Brown - patient recovery and care




Julie DeVore - anesthesia and patient care





David Duggan - patient care




Jason Herbert - surgical assistance, patient care and office management





Jennifer Hicks, LVT - reception





Aubrey Hooper - patient care





Megan Lester - patient recovery and care




Micah Masterson - surgical assistance and patient care





Amanda Nau, LVT - anesthesia and patient care





Marlow Masterson - reception





Tyrone Roberts - patient recovery and care





Jackie Sisson - patient care, anesthesia and surgical assistance