Hillside Veterinary Clinic

We provide the best in medical, surgical, and dental care for companion animals including cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, rodents, and most reptiles. At our fully staffed veterinary hospital in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the professional and friendly staff are committed to preventative health care and wellness programs, client education, and responsible pet ownership. 

Hillside Veterinary Clinic strives for excellence in all aspects of veterinary medicine.  Please contact us today to learn more about our veterinary practice and to find out how the doctors and staff at Hillside can serve your needs and those of your cherished pet.

It is our Mission to provide Loving, Expert Care using contemporary pet health and wellness treatments to enhance the human animal bond and to help your pet live a longer, happier, healthier life.

  • Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 8:00 - 5:30
  • Tues: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • After Hours Emergency: (740) 392-6891
  • David M Dubusky, DVM

    In January 2014, Dr. David M. Dubusky became the new owner of Hillside Veterinary Clinic.  Previously, Dr. Dubusky had been an associate veterinarian at Hillside since April 2005.

    Dr. Dubusky is a transplant to the Mid-Ohio area. He spent the early years of his childhood in Monongahela, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Lexington, Ohio in 1988. Dr. Dubusky is a 1995 graduate of Lexington (OH) High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 1999. While attending MVNU, Dr. Dubusky completed a preceptorship at Hillside with Dr. Gregg. In June of 2004, Dr. Dubusky received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His specific areas of interest include small animal internal medicine, dermatology, parasitology, radiology, and surgery.

    A carpenter by trade (1995 graduate of Pioneer Career and Technology Center), Dr. Dubusky also enjoys all facets of home remodeling. Additional hobbies include camping, running, biking, golfing, and family excursions. He is an avid fan of both collegiate and professional sports and also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

    Dr. Dubusky currently resides in Mount Vernon with his wife Amy, their daughter Taylor, and their son Jackson. Amy is also a MVNU graduate (2000). She taught first grade in the Gahanna-Jefferson school district (2000-2004) and preschool at the Mount Vernon YMCA (2007-2011). She is now the Graduate Workshop Coordinator at MVNU. Taylor is an active 9-year-old and enjoys gymnastics, drawing, singing, dancing, and visiting the clinic. Jackson is a happy 7-year-old and enjoys team sports, super-heroes, Legos, and playing outside.  A 13-year-old female short-haired calico (“Popoki”), two 2-year-old Beagle-JRT puppies ("Bruce" and "Bella") and three guinea pigs ("Snowbell", "Liberty", and "Justice") complete the family.
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 01, 2004
    Mount Vernon Nazarene University,The Ohio State University
  • Emily McConnelly, DVM

    Dr. Emily McConnelly joined Hillside Veterinary Clinic in 2015.  Dr. McConnelly brings excitement, expert medical knowledge, experience with a variety of species, and a passion for client service and patient care. She definitely exhibits the characteristics required to provide "Loving, Expert Care" to the pets of Mount Vernon and the Knox County region.

    Dr. McConnelly enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has special interests in exotic pet medicine, feline medicine, ophthalmology, and animal behavior.  Dr. McConnelly is an active member of several veterinary organizations including the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) and the Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV).  She speaks regularly at the annual meeting of the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and also enjoys sharing her knowledge with students and school groups.

    Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Dr. McConnelly spent 10 years learning and working in Michigan before moving to Ohio.  Growing up in Arlington, she had a wide variety of pets including tree frogs, a cat, and a rabbit with whom she visited local retirement homes.  Dr. McConnelly graduated from Hope College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a minor in classical languages.  While at Hope College, she enjoyed taking care of the Biology Department’s many animals and sharing her love of animals with school groups who visited the department’s animal museum.

    In 2013, Dr. McConnelly graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University.  She then spent a year furthering her training with a rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and emergency care at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Grand Rapids, MI.  Upon completion of her internship, Dr. McConnelly worked in general practice, treating cats, dogs, small mammals, and reptiles, at VCA Woodland Animal Hospital in Kentwood, MI, and continued to work with the emergency service at BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

    Outside of the clinic, Dr. McConnelly enjoys gardening, knitting, and travel.  She especially enjoys growing vegetables and flowering houseplants, including orchids and African violets.  Dr. McConnelly is married to Dr. Kurt Pyle, an assistant professor of political science at Kenyon College.  Together they enjoy camping, hiking, and exploring local farmers markets.  Dr. McConnelly and her husband share their Mount Vernon home with a cat, Abby, a rabbit, Jack (pictured above), and a goldfish named Silver.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
    Michigan State University
  • Nancy Johnson

    Nancy Johnson joined the Hillside Veterinary Clinic staff in June 2011 as Office Manager. Nancy has a background in retail management and is a former small business owner. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, Environmental Interpretation.

    Nancy manages customer service for Hillside.  "I am honored to work for such an outstanding clinic", says Johnson.  "Not only do we offer the best in veterinary medicine, but we love our clients.  Making our clients happy makes us happy."

    Married to David Graham, Nancy lives outside the Village of Gambier.  When not working, she enjoys home improvement and decorating projects. She also spends time reading and bicycling around Knox County. She is a long time member of a Gambier book club affectionately known as The Second Tier. 

    Nancy has three pets. Fletcher, a Jack Russell Terrier, Berkley (pictured), a Chihuahua mix, and ZuZu, a Lionhead Rabbit.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 20, 2011
    The Ohio State University
  • Suzi Brate, RVT

    Suzi is a Registered Veterinary Technician.  She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School in 2007. 

    When not assisting with patient appointments, Suzi's work at Hillside includes anesthesia, surgery, phlebotomy, radiography, cytology, and caring for pets in intensive care.   She enjoys providing services and treatments that improve the well being of our patients.  Suzi says of her work at Hillside, "We care for your pets as if they are our own."

    A Fredericktown native, Suzi now resides on a small farm in Butler.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, horseback riding, four wheeling, and shooting.

    Suzi's pet family includes a lab (Sweets), a rotti mix (Maxus), a mastweiler (Mojo), a cur dog (Trigger), a cat (Fluffer), a horse (Gypsie), and a mule (Kat). 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2007
    Bradford School
  • Kailey

    Kailey joined Hillside in August 2017. She is a 2014 graduate of The Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School. Kailey began her career in Ohio at the clinic where she did her externship. In 2015 she moved to California. Kailey worked as a technician in California for two years before returning home to Granville and joining the Hillside team.

    When asked about her work as a veterinary technician Kailey responds "Helping animals has always been my passion. I like doing different things throughout the day and enjoy working with all kinds of pets."

    Kailey adopted her first and only cat (pictured above) three years ago. Gigi is 13 years old and has one tooth. When she is not working, Kailey enjoys being outdoors playing co-ed softball, kayaking, and hanging out with family and friends.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2014
    Bradford School
  • Heidi

    Heidi joined the Hillside team as a Veterinary Assistant in 2012.  During high school and college (1999-2004), Heidi also worked as a kennel assistant at Hillside. 

    Heidi has an interest in animal behavior and is also a people person. "I love the people I work with".  Heidi enjoys running and participates in the Earth Day Challenge with the Hillside crew.

    Years in Practice:
    Feb 20, 2012
  • Ashlee Smith

    Ashlee has been working at Hillside as a technician's assistant while studying for her Registered Veterinary Technician license at Columbus State Community College. She graduated from CSCC in May 2017. Ashlee also holds an Associate of Applied Science and Business Fundamentals from the University of Pheonix. Surgery and dental health are areas of particular interest for Ashlee.

     Ashlee loves animals. "I wish I could take every pet home, but working at Hillside is the next best thing." Ashlee excels in client education and enjoys helping clients with home care topics. She also assists the veterinarians with our exotic patients including tortoises, ferrets, and hedgehogs.

    When not working, Ashlee loves to kayak and spend time with her family. She has two dogs, a pig, a hedgehog, a cat, a rabbit, and some turtles.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2016
    Columbus State Community College
  • Judy Wolff

    Judy Wolff is a Receptionist and Veterinary Assistant at Hillside. She has been working for HVC since October of 1996. Judy has attended continuing education courses through the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) for the past twenty one years. She has also attended various seminars and has twenty one years of on the job training.  Judy is a graduate of the Business Educational School in Imperial Beach, CA.

    Besides assisting with medical procedures and appointments, Judy enjoys the social aspect of working at Hillside.  "I love going to work.  I have so many good friends on staff and lots of our clients have been coming here as long as I have.  I can stay in touch with everyone and work, too."
    Judy has been married to Randy Wolff for 39 years. She has one daughter, Carly. Her hobbies are travel, gardening, water sports, scrapbooking, and Royal Caribbean Cruising.
    Judy has a cat (Tommy), a cattle dog mix (Piper), a chihuahua/terrier (Frannie) and granddogs (Paige and Smiley).

    Years in Practice:
    Apr 05, 1996
    Business Educational School, California
  • Carolyn Allen

    Carolyn Allen is a Veterinary Assistant and Receptionist at Hillside. She has been working for HVC since October of 2001. She attends sessions at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) Convention every year. She also participates in various seminars and in-house education opportunities.

    In 2001 Carolyn decided to change careers.  She knew she would love working with animals, so she approached the Greggs and was hired within a week.  "I knew I would love working in a clinic, but I only wanted to work at Hillside."
    Carolyn owns two Golden Retrievers, Trapper and Rayna.  They compete in a variety of performance events including Agility, Hunting, Obedience, and Rally where Trapper has earned his titles.  Rayna has earned Good Citizen and Advanced Tricks titles.

    Carolyn is married to Mark Allen.  They have four children, ten grandchildren, and a cat named Breezy.  Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family and attending her grandchildren's many activities.  Her favorite past times are competing with her dogs, reading, camping, hiking, and canoeing.

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 08, 2001
  • Carol A Holtrey

    Carol Holtrey is a Receptionist at Hillside. She has been working for HVC since May of 2002. Carol has attended the Ohio Veterinary Conference and has participated in other veterinary seminars and staff development activities. 

    When Carol was in school she was interested in studying veterinary medicine, but instead she spent 22 years in the insurance industry as an agent and office manager.  "When I retired, I returned to my original plan and joined the staff at Hillside Veterinary Clinic.  I like it because I learn something everyday and I love the challenge of the medical field.  Our clients are fabulous and I like to make their visit the best it can be."
    Carol is married, has two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys golf, gourmet cooking, and flower arranging. Carol shares her home with two rescued brother-sister littermates picture above, Jamie and Claire. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2002
  • Nancy Lewis

    Nancy is a Receptionist at Hillside Veterinary Clinic.  She has a degree in Elementary Education from Ohio Wesleyan University.  Nancy taught elementary school in Mount Vernon for thirty years.  In 2014, she retired from teaching and accepted her position at Hillside.

    Nancy enjoys learning new things and working at Hillside affords her that opportunity.  "Everything in veterinary medicine is new and exciting, totally different from my previous career.  I love meeting our clients and talking with them about their pets."

    Nancy lives in Mount Vernon with her husband Walt and two dogs, Casey and Steel.

    In her free time she enjoys her family and friends, traveling, walking, gardening, reading, and watching her favorite NFL team play (go Steelers!).

    Years in Practice:
    Jul 30, 2014
    Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Sally Jeffrey

    Sally joined our grooming staff in August 2013.  After earning a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and working as a paralegal for 20 years, Sally decided she wanted a fun job and made a career change to dog grooming.  Sally has eleven years of experience in dog grooming and is familiar with all breeds and cuts.

    Sally's grooming emphasizes detail, especially the feet and face.  She likes to create a neat, even appearance without stray hairs.  Sally loves her clients and their pets.  "It's very rewarding when people are happy with the results and grooming makes the pet feel great, too."

    Married to her husband Rick for 19 year, Sally lives in Sunbury.  She has three golden retrievers, Hogan, Gibbs, and Ziva.  Sally enjoys golf and swimming.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2004
    Ohio State University, Social Work
  • Shirley

    Shirley joined the Hillside grooming team in January 2015.  Shirley comes to us from San Ramon, California. Grooming since 1985, she has been employed for the last twenty one years at Shampooches,  a grooming shop voted "Best in the East Bay" by Diablo Magazine for fourteen consecutive years.  Shirley's grooming skills include all breeds and cuts, including cats.  Her specialties are  Schnauzers, West Highland and Wheaten Terriers.


    Shirley enjoys working at Hillside because the doctors and technicians are available to address any problems she observes in her grooming pets.  "We're all here to help.  We take a team approach to every grooming appointment."


    Shirley's Maltese, Elmo, is pictured above.  When not grooming cats and dogs, Shirley enjoys marbling silk scarves.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1985
  • Daphne Bowen

    Daphne joined the Hillside staff in February 2017. Daphne has been grooming since 2006. In 2010, she graduated from Stautzenberger College with a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree.

    "Grooming is a creative profession with lots of freedom", notes Daphne. She loves working with dogs and also grooms cats. Daphne competed in the Grooming Expo in Hershey, PA with a Soft Coated Wheaton in 2016 and placed second in the All Other Pure Breeds Entry Division. She will enter a Snoodle, a Westie, and a Portugese Water Dog in the Pet Quest Grooming Expo in Wilmington in 2017.

    Daphne lives in Hilliard and has two Skye Terriers, Coby and Duster.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Stautzenberger College
  • Sharon Dehart

    Hillside welcomes Sharon Dehart to our team as a kennel assistant.  Sharon began her career as a veterinary assistant in 2003.

    Sharon's nurturing and caring personality lends itself to her work at Hillside.  Sharon loves to lavish our patients with loving care and concern.  "Animals do speak but only to those who know how to listen."  And Sharon is listening.


    She resides in Mount Vernon with her husband, Dwight, and their son, Mason.  Sharon loves her yellow lab, Lilly Bug and is adding a new member to the family soon. Callee, a black lab puppy, will be joining the family soon.  

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2003
  • Kathy Bussard


    Hillside welcomed Kathy as our new kennel assistant in July 2016.  Kathy has 20 years experience in caring for pets at a training, day care, and boarding center in Chesapeake, Virginia.


    Kathy says "I bring the assurance to all clients at Hillside that I will care for their pets like my own".


    Recently returning to the area, Kathy resides in Howard with her grandson. They enjoy football season and are Seattle Seahawk fans.  They also enjoy sharing their five acres with their dogs: Fergie, a South African Boerboel; Izzy and Elly, Mini Aussies; Vallie, a Great Pyrenees; and Scarlet, a Maltese mix.

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1998
  • Kylie

    Kylie joined the Hillside Veterinary Clinic team in July 2017 as a Kennel Assistant. Kylie graduated from Hocking College in 2017 with an Associate of Applied Science in Equine Health and Complementary Therapies and an Associate of Applied Science in Wilderness Horsemanship.

    Kylie brings a variety of experiences to her position. Besides her formal education, she volunteered at a veterinary clinic in Litchfield for four years.
    Says Kylie of her passion for working with animals, "Animals don't have a voice and I like to help discover what they need. I love caring for them while they are at the Clinic."

    Kylie lives in Fredericktown. She has two dogs, Miko (pictured) and Jackson, a eight year old Morkie. Kylie's horse, Trigger, is a black and white Paint. Trigger enjoy trail riding and hanging out with Kylie.

    Years in Practice:
    Aug 23, 2017
    Hocking College