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 enjoys gymnastics, drawing, singing, dancing, and visiting the clinic. Jackson enjoys team sports, super-heroes, Legos, and being outdoors.  Three gray kittens ("Marte", "Meeko", and "Milo"), two Beagle-JRTs ("Bruce" and "Bella") and a Terrier-Boxer ("Kipper") complete the family. The Dubusky's also have two clinic cats ("Jaso" and "Coco").
    Years in Practice:
    Jun 01, 2004
    Education:
    Mount Vernon Nazarene University,The Ohio State University
  • Melissa R. Wise, DVM

    Meet Hillside’s new associate veterinarian, Dr. Wise!

    Dr. Melissa Wise spent her early years living in St. Louis, MO before her family moved to Westerville, OH in 1999. Dr. Wise received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology and animal science from The University of Findlay in 2011. In 2015, Dr. Wise graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her main interests include companion animal internal medicine, behavior, and critical care.

    Dr. Wise lives in the Mount Vernon area with her husband, Lance, and their three children, Callen, Hathen, and Mireya. Lance is a graduate of Ohio University and is currently working as a probation officer. Callen is a  active 4 year old who enjoys keeping his parents on their toes. Hathen enjoys following his older brother around. They were both excited to welcome their sister this year. The Wise family consists of it’s fair share of four legged members as well. 8 cats (Annie, Gizmo, Jinx, Dory, Linus, Roman, Rocky, and Baker), 3 dogs (Athena, Brego, and Hulk) and 4 parakeets (Sky, Gibbs, Coco, and Fin) help make the Wise family complete. Hopefully, some chicken and goats will join in the family fun.

    Outside of work, Dr. Wise enjoys gardening, hiking, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. Although she enjoys watching the Blue Jackets, she is an avid fan of the St. Louis Blues, the 2018-2019 Stanley Cup Champions! She also helps her husband cheer on the Cleveland Browns.

    Dr. Wise is currently accepting new clients and new patients. She has appointment hours Monday-Friday with surgeries scheduled for Thursday mornings. Please stop by to meet Dr. Wise or call to schedule an appointment for your four-legged friend. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Wise to the Hillside Family! #ourdoctorsrock #teamhvc #lovingexpertcare
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2015
    Education:
    The Ohio State University
  • Nancy Johnson

    Nancy Johnson joined the Hillside Veterinary Clinic staff in June 2011 as Office Manager. 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. 

    Nancy has a Chihuahua named Berkley.

    Years in Practice:
    Jun 20, 2011
    Education:
    The Ohio State University
  • Elicia Pittenger

    After a 22 year career as a Registered Veterinary Technician, Hillside was thrilled to add Elicia to the staff in March 2020. Elicia has special interests in dentistry and client education.

    Elicia remarks that "when you treat a pet suffering from dental disease and see their improvement during subsequent visits, it is personally and professionally satisfying".

    Elicia loves outdoor adventures with her family including four wheel riding around Ohio. She is an excellent markswoman and enjoys target shooting. Elicia has three cats and two dogs, a goldfish pond that she loves tending, and an interest in flower gardening.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 1998
    Education:
    Columbus State Community College
  • 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
  • Ashley

    Ashley joined the staff at Hillside in October 2018 as an extern from Ross Medical College. After completing her education she accepted a position as a Veterinary Assistant. She is looking forward to receiving her Registered Veterinary Technician license soon.

    Ashley chose her field because of a love for animals and a desire to help them. "I chose to work at Hillside because the staff is nice and was very helpful during my externship." Hillside looks forward to Ashley spending a long and happy career here.

     Ashley has a chocolate lab, Arrow, and two cats, Pebbles and Lilly. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially time outdoors.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2018
    Education:
    Ross Medical College
  • Jess Lyon

    Jess joined our team as a veterinary assistant in July 2019. Jess has been working with animals since she was fourteen years old. She has worked in several Ohio shelters as well as for the Humane Society of the United States. Jess has assisted in over 4000 spays and neuters.

    "I've always been drawn to helping animals. Even as a child I never played with baby dolls, I was interested in pets." Jess enjoys working at Hillside where she can help provide the best in compassionate care.

    Jess lives outside Gambier on a small farm. Her hobby is raising cleft palate puppies. 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2009
  • Heather Curphey

    Heather joined the Hillside staff in March 2020 after deciding to make a career change from construction administration to veterinary health care. Heather is studying at Penn Foster College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

    "I've always had a passion for pets. It's the one interest in my life that has never changed and I decided that now is the right time to pursue my degree".

    Heather stays busy with her family and enjoys her children's soccer games. She travels with her husband for his work as a videographer. Heather has two dogs, a min pin mix and a beagle mix.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 17, 2020
    Education:
    Penn Foster College
  • Emily Parshall

    Emily joined the Hillside staff in June 2020. She is studying at Columbus State Community College to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. Emily holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from West Liberty University.

    "I was inspired to consider a career as a Veterinary Technician after watching funny pet videos on Facebook. " Emily loves meeting new pets and their people. "There is something fun going on everyday", she says.

    Emily coaches track and field in her spare time. She also volunteers at the Shane Center helping people with disabilities ride horses.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2017
    Education:
    West Liberty University
  • Ashley Awwiller

    Ashley joined the Hillside staff in June 2020. She has worked at the Knox County Humane Society assisting the staff with daily care and medical treatments for resident cats. Ashley is also a foster cat parent and has had 15 bottle babies. She is a graduate of Central Ohio Technical College and holds a Associate Degree in Business Management.

    Ashley has a life long interest in rescuing unwanted pets. "Having a job where I get to help animals was perfect for me", she said. Kittens and cats that are left by the side of the road are a special interest of Ashley's.

    Ashley is a life long resident of Fredericktown. She has a cat named Nugget and a ferret named Noodle. In her free time, Ashley enjoys attending concerts with her fiance. One of her favorite concerts was a performance by Three Days Grace.
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2018
    Education:
    Central Ohio Technical College
  • Jordan

    Jordan is spending the summer at Hillside assisting with appointments and observing surgeries and procedures. She is a student at University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where she is studying biology in preparation for veterinary school.

    Jordan wants to help people and loves pets. Being a veterinarian will combine both interests and ensure that her pets, and eventually yours, will have the best in veterinary care.

    Jordan spends her semesters playing rugby and spends her summers kayaking. She has an Australian Retriever, Piper.
    Years in Practice:
    May 18, 2020
    Education:
    University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • Suzanne Spencer

    Suzanne Spencer joined the Hillside staff in July of 2018. Suzanne started as a Vet Tech and Receptionist for Valencia Animal Hospital in Valencia, California. She honed her skills and became their Lead Receptionist and Reception Trainer. 

    Suzanne has a special passion for animals. She is especially passionate about dogs. Like they say, "Outside a book a dog is your best friend. Inside a book it's to dark to read." Suzanne rescued her first dog at 31 and hasn't stopped since. "I believe animals touch our souls because the purity and compassion they naturally have. You can't change the past, you can't predict the future, but like a dog you can live in the moment."

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • Suzanne Hopkins

    Suzanne Hopkins joined the staff at Hillside in October 2018 as a Receptionist after working at the Village of Gambier for 28 years.  At the Village Suzanne developed her public relation skills. Her love for animals brought her to Hillside Veterinary Clinic. 

    “I love servicing the Community, helping people and their pets.  The staff at Hillside is some of the most caring people, for that reason my husband and I have been clients for more than 20 years” 

    Suzanne and her husband Brock have been married for 26 years and live outside of Gambier.  Suzanne enjoys camping and traveling with Brock and their rescued yellow lab, Abby.  

    Years in Practice:
    Oct 25, 2018
  • 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
    Education:
    Business Educational School, California
  • 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
  • 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
  • Heather Thomas

    Heather joined the Hillside team in April 2019 as one of the kennel staff. Heather has an Associate Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from North Central Tech. She has a 30 year career in nursing home care as an Activity Director.

    Says Heather, "I take care of people and pets at home, at Country Court, and now at Hillside. I'm a caregiver, that's what I do." 

    Heather lives near Mount Vernon with her husband, Mark and their three teenagers. She enjoys cooking and baking and spending time on the deck with her family and their four dogs and four cats.
    Years in Practice:
    Apr 16, 2019