Small Animal Surgery - Soft Tissue
The soft tissue section in the Small Animal Surgery section offers “state of the art” care for animals undergoing surgery at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
Following a referral from your veterinarian, you may schedule an appointment for your animal by calling our reception staff at (765) 494-1107 between 8am and 5pm Monday thru Friday.
The soft tissue surgery section performs elective surgery on Mondays, receives cases Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and performs surgery daily.
In case of after-hours emergencies, please call the closest veterinary emergency center or call our emergency service at (765)-496-7911.
About Our Staff
Soft Tissue Surgeons:
Dr. Ralph Millard, DVM, MS
Small Animal Surgery Residents:
Dr. Jennifer Carr
Dr. Rebecca Lee
Dr. Natalia Soto
Dr. Elizabeth Swanson
Chris Royce, RVT, Technician Supervisor
Jolene Knuth, RVT
Brittany Laflen, RVT
Cassandra Simmons, RVT
Carissa Sparks, RVT
Heather White, RVT
Marianne D'Altilio, RVT
Carri McCoy, RVT
Common Conditions Treated & Procedures Offered
Our soft tissue surgeons perform abdominal surgery to obtain tissue for biopsy and treat condition of the abdominal organs such as the stomach, liver, intestine, pancreas, bladder, and kidneys. We routinely perform surgery on the skin, head and neck, upper airway, heart, and lungs.
Advanced dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures are performed by Dr. Gary Lantz, who is board certified in both small animal surgery and veterinary dentistry.
Elective surgery, such as routine ovariohysterectomy, castration, and declaw procedures are performed by senior veterinary medical students under faculty supervision.
Many of the above surgeries can be performed with minimally invasive surgery.
Current Research Studies