ACVS Foundation
Honored Mentor

Heather Towle Millard

DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)

I have never had a mentor who has so fully and selflessly immersed themselves into helping, and making all of us better doctors, surgeons, and people. From meticulous preparation for procedures, treating us with kindness and respect all the while having tough expectations to push us to be the best, and demonstrating the literal gold standard for patient care and client interactions. She has the glowing ability to identify the potential in people and tirelessly work to grow that potential.

- Rebecca Essig, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)

Heather has been instrumental to me being a small animal surgeon. She is wholeheartedly dedicated to resident training and holding ourselves to the highest possible standards of surgery and post-operative and patient management. She is whole heartedly deserving of this award and should be the model for a successful friend, mentor, and colleague.

- Daniel James Duffy, BVM&S, MS, FHEA, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS

Dr. Towle was a great mentor and instilled in me the highest standard of care in veterinary medicine.

- Marcos Unis, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)

I have been blessed to have been influenced by so many amazing mentors in my lifetime. From each of them, I filled by teaching ‘toolbox’. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work beside such amazing doctors and to do my small part in their journey. It is truly humbling to have been granted such a prestigious award.

- Heather Towle Millard, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)


  • Steven G. Baker, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Jennifer Carr, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Amie Csiszer, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Daniel James Duffy, BVM&S, MS, FHEA, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS
  • Rebecca Essig, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Jeremiah Moorer, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Matt Sherwood, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Natalia Soto, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Elizabeth A. Swanson, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Elizabeth Thompson, DVM, DACVS (Small Animal)
  • Marcos Unis, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal)

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