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Who We Are

VESHW is a 24-hour emergency & specialty hospital trusted by Wichita and its surrounding communities since 1978. Our care team consists of leading board-certified veterinary specialists, emergency doctors, and highly skilled support staff. We have a newly constructed, 15,000 square foot, state-of-the-art hospital and plan to expand specialties to create a regional hub for pet owners across Kansas. We dedicate ourselves, each and every day, to exceptional patient care.

Why Work With Us

We are a progressive team of veterinary professionals dedicated to providing the Wichita community with expert emergency and specialty veterinary medicine, and our service is provided in the compassionate and friendly environment of which the Midwest is well-known. We strive to create an exceptional experience for every animal and client that comes through our doors. Our team’s foundation is built on honest communication, and we strive to maintain a positive workplace culture and sense of community. We are invested in our employees’ health and encourage our team to pursue personal and professional growth opportunities.

Our VESH-Wichita Team

Employee Testimonials

At Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita, we are dedicated to our employees' happiness, success, and growth.

Wichita has truly always been home to me - I have lived in other places, during college and my first veterinary job, but I always knew I would return. Wichita is a wonderful place to call home: all the benefits of a city, amazing food, entertainment, engaging "fests", and yet so close to beautiful nature. Just drive 30 minutes north to the glorious Flint Hills which are beautiful during every season. This Kansas girl believes everyone should be able to experience the beauty of the rippling golden wheat in early June! We also have the best sunsets!

I am thankful to be a part of this amazing group of people at VESHW where true TEAMWORK makes all the difference! From doctors to support staff, every team member is essential for us to provide 24/7 quality veterinary medical care. We support and encourage each other to be the best we can; our veterinary nurses are allowed to perform as the paraprofessionals they are, and this makes such an incredible difference for our hospital.  At VESHW we are work FAMILY.

- Dr. Townsley

Wichita has truly always been home to me - I have lived in other places, during college and my first veterinary job, but I always knew I would return. Wichita is a wonderful place to call home: all the benefits of a city, amazing food, entertainment, engaging "fests", and yet so close to beautiful nature. Just drive 30 minutes north to the glorious Flint Hills which are beautiful during every season. This Kansas girl believes everyone should be able to experience the beauty of the rippling golden wheat in early June! We also have the best sunsets!

I am thankful to be a part of this amazing group of people at VESHW where true TEAMWORK makes all the difference! From doctors to support staff, every team member is essential for us to provide 24/7 quality veterinary medical care. We support and encourage each other to be the best we can; our veterinary nurses are allowed to perform as the paraprofessionals they are, and this makes such an incredible difference for our hospital.  At VESHW we are work FAMILY.

- Dr. Townsley

I needed a new challenge in my career to grow, and learn new skills. I love working at VESHW because I have been able to accelerate my career while working with some of the most intelligent, creative, and hardworking people.

-Laramie

I absolutely love being a part of VESHW! I love that I get to work for a hospital that is truly about saving animals. We offer several different payment options for our clients and have a shock and pain program for owners in financial crisis. We also work very closely with local rescues to give animals another opportunity to receive medical care if their owners are unable. I love that this is an emergency clinic and you never know what is going to come in.

- Tori

VESHW has given me the opportunities to learn, grow and figure out what kind of RVT that I wanted to be. It was this hospital that helped me decide that I wanted to make a difference in veterinary medicine. I wanted to teach and see others find their passion, achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential.

Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita has grown, not only in numbers but with an amazing new building. The new hospital is a huge upgrade and much needed for Emergency and Critical Care which has taken our care to the next level.

I get to work beside some of the hardest working humans I have ever met. They give it their all each and every day, now more than ever. The dedication and patient advocacy is like nothing I have ever seen. I am lucky to be a part of it and can't help but be proud of our work and level of care our patients receive.

This is my family. I get grind and hustle with them everyday, through it all. Would not change it one bit!

- Josie

Our Specialist, Dr. Douglas Winter

Dr. Douglas Winter is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (DAVDC) who has been with our team since 2009. He is committed to enriching the health and well-being of animals by improving their oral health. Dr. Winter is an integral part of our team and our referring community, regularly providing demonstrations and lectures throughout the tri-state area.

Our Specialist, Dr. Douglas Winter

Dr. Douglas Winter is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (DAVDC) who has been with our team since 2009. He is committed to enriching the health and well-being of animals by improving their oral health. Dr. Winter is an integral part of our team and our referring community, regularly providing demonstrations and lectures throughout the tri-state area.

Our Specialist, Dr. Ralph Millard

Prior joining Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita, 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 in Indiana. 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 Board-Certified in Small Animal Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal.

Our Specialist, Dr. Heather Towle Millard

Prior to joining Wichita Specialty and Emergency Hospital, Dr. Heather Towle Millard spent 7.5 years as a Staff Surgeon at a large private practice in the Kansas City area.  She previously spent six years as a Surgery Instructor and Clinical Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Kansas State University (3 years) and Purdue University (3 years) where she taught surgery to veterinary students, interns, and surgical residents, while conducting research, writing numerous book chapters and articles, and teaching lectures/laboratories.

Her surgical interests include any soft tissue surgery, particularly reconstructive surgeries, oncologic surgeries, minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy, ureter stent placement and SUB placement (re-routing from kidney to urinary bladder), knee (TPLO) surgery for torn CCL (cranial cruciate ligament), and congenital orthopedic conditions. 

She is a Board-Certified in Small Animal Surgery and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons-Small Animal since 2008.

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