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
  • Ashley

  • Leslie

    Leslie joined the staff at Hillside in August of 2018. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated from Columbus State Community College in 2013. 

    Leslie has an interest in dressage and is certified in Equine Sports Massage. "Helping people forge a stronger bond with their pets through education and health care is what interested me in this career." 
    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • 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
  • Brittanie

    Brittanie is a Veterinary Assistant at Hillside Veterinary Clinic. She is a 2013 graduate of the Vet Tech Institute at Bradford School.  She resides in Mount Veron with her son, Brayden. In her spare time, she enjoys horseback riding, four wheeling, teaching baton twirling, and spending time with family. 

    Brittanie’s pet family includes a lab mix (Champ), a beagle (Bindi), four cats (Simba, Salvester, Tipsy, and Patches), and a rabbit (Bugs Bunny). Brittanie also had an Arabian horse (Smokey) that she still gets to visit with. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2013
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Morgan

    Morgan joined the Hillside staff as a Kennel Assistant in August 2018. Morgan is a STNA (State Tested Nursing Aide) and has worked in local rehabilitation centers. She plans to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

    Morgan grew up on a farm and wants to combine her interest in medicine with her passion for animals. Says Morgan, "Happiness is a warm puppy."
    Years in Practice:
    Oct 25, 2018
  • Kelley

    Kelley joined the Hillside team as a Kennel Assistant in June 2018. She started her career in pet care in 2012.

    Kelley chose Hillside because she likes knowing we can provide excellent care for the pets who board with us. "It's important to me to provide your pets with compassionate and dependable care when they stay with us."

    Kelley is a Mount Vernon native. She has two German Shepherds, Suri and Miley. She enjoys spending time out of doors with her wife and two kids. 

    Years in Practice:
    Jan 01, 2012