Hillview Veterinary Clinic, LLC

1761 Thornburg Lane
Franklin, IN 46131



Alicea Howell, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP 

My primary interest is in animal behavior. I teach the puppy classes, clicker training classes, agility classes, and perform behavior modification on troubled animals.

We pride ourselves on making every patient feel as comfortable as possible with the “scary” procedures necessary to keep them healthy. I also lecture at veterinary conferences on the importance of behavior programs and low-stress handling of patients.

I live in Franklin with my husband Mark, my Jack Russell (Piper) and retired racing Greyhound (Honu). When not working or training I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, and lounging. My bucket list includes visiting every national park in the country and visiting every Margaritaville (Go Parrotheads!)


Tess Williams, RVT

I  am the head surgery tech here at Hillview and get to practice many advanced pain management techniques during procedures. Also, I am working toward a specialty in pain management and physical rehabilitation, and have special training in nutrition. My passions are pain management, canine rehab and physical therapy, and nutrition/weight loss counseling. 

I recently bought my first home with the love of my life. We have 2 tabby cats, Barnie Ruble, Trouble and Jimi Hendrix. We also have a mutt named Princess Leia.  All my critters are wonderful and keep me on my toes. 


Karen McDonough, RVT

I have worked at Hillview since 2010 and during that time I have found my niche in “Dental Land.” I am responsible for all the dental procedures that are performed here. I also have a passion for clicker training and have helped Alicea many times with her classes.

When not at work, I spend time cooking delicious meals, hiking, crocheting, and curling up with a good book with my Chihuahua, Kanga. I live in Batesville and travel to work every day so I also enjoy listening to audio books during my long drive.

Emily Wilhelm, RVT


I thoroughly enjoy working with the wide variety of animals that Hillview cares for and am working toward my board certification in reptile, avian, and exotic animal medicine.

Why do I love my job? Well, at what other job could I say, “Today I helped clean a bat’s teeth, put steel pins in a broken wing of an eagle, bottle fed an opossum and placed a feeding tube in a snapping turtle?" For someone who has a passion for animals and enjoys working with people who have the same passion, there couldn’t be a better job out there! I have a passion for educating pet owners on their exotic pets so that every home is a happy, healthy one.

I am owned by Mufasa, a retired racing greyhound; Scara, a three-legged kitten; four rabbits; a snake; and a hedgehog. I also do exotic animal rescue and have an ever-changing array of fosters. Away from work, I love being outside hiking, running, and trying to do yoga with my pets "helping."

Shelby Smoot, RVT

I started here at Hillview in the fall of 2013 as a kennel tech. I became an RVT in the spring of 2014. I love working in a mixed animal practice, and my primary interest is in small animal surgery. Getting to see different types of animals every day keeps life interesting! I hope to become more involved with the rescue community in the future. 

I live in Brown County, and love doing "outdoorsy" things. My fur babies include Franny the Newfoundland, José the Dachshund, Skunky and Alley the kitties, and three goats named Miss Kay, Caroline, and Syd.

Sarah Calkins, Vet Assistant

I started working at Hillview in the beginning of 2014 as a kennel assistant. I love working here because we are a mixed practice, so every day is different.

Horses are my life. once I become an RVT, I'd love to specialize in Equine Medicine. I have three horses of my own, Yukon, Penny Rose, and Bo. I also have a dog Lloyd and a rabbit, Patsy Cline. In my free time I enjoy camping and trail riding with my boyfriend, Bobby.

Morgan Davis, Kennel Assistant

I love working at Hillview because I love being able to see all the different things that go on in a vet's office, and the people are caring. I am a graduate of Franklin Community High School. I have three cats, Miley, Macey, and Kylee, a German Shepherd named Skyler, a rat, and two guinea pigs named Louie and Howie. In my free time, I enjoy hunting and making baskets.