Dr. Emily McConnelly has recently joined Hillside Veterinary Clinic, and Dr. Dubusky and his staff are very excited about adding her to their veterinary team! 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.
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 Departmentâs many animals and sharing her love of animals with school groups who visited the departmentâs 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.
Dr. McConnelly enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and has special interests in exotic pet medicine, feline medicine, ophthalmology, and emergency medicine. 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 gave a talk on urinary tract diseases in rabbits at the 2014 AEMV annual meeting at Disney World.
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, and a goldfish named Silver.