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.