Katelyn C. Hlusko, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA

Assistant Clinical Professor, Small Animal Surgery

Katelyn C. Hlusko Photo


Department of Clinical Sciences

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849



MS, Auburn University, Biomedical Sciences, 2020
DVM, Mississippi State University, 2015
BS, West Virginia University, Animal and Nutritional Sciences, 2011



Dr. Katelyn Hlusko earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal and nutritional sciences from West Virginia University in 2011, where she was a summa cum laude graduate. She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 2015, where she was a Wise Scholar. After graduation, Dr. Hlusko went on to complete a one-year small animal rotating internship followed by a six-month small animal surgical internship at Auburn University in 2016 and 2017, respectively. She then continued her education at Auburn University and completed a small animal surgical residency in 2020. During her residency, she also earned a Masters degree in biomedical sciences, with a research focus on sentinel lymph node mapping. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Hlusko joined the faculty at Auburn as an Assistant Clinical Professor in small animal surgery and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Small Animal) in 2022.


  • American College of Veterinary Surgeons Small Animal Surgery Student Award (2015)
  • West Virginia University Foundation Outstanding Senior (2011)

Publications and Links


Hlusko KC, Cole R, Tillson DM, Boothe HW, Almond G, Coggeshall WS, Matz BM. Sentinel lymph node detection differs when comparing lymphoscintigraphy to lymphography using water soluble iodinated contrast medium and digital radiography in dogs. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. 2020; 61(6): 659-666.

Hlusko KC, Cole R, Tillson DM, Boothe HW, Almond G, Coggeshall WS, Matz BM. The effect of surgery on lymphoscintigraphy drainage patterns from the canine brachium in a simulated tumor model. Veterinary Surgery. 2020; 49(6):1118-1124.

Hlusko KC, Hansen SC, Matz BM, Bacek LM, Boothe HW, Bellah JR, Tillson DM. Description of a novel technique for surgical placement of gastrostomy tubes in dogs. J Vet Emerg Crit Care. 2019; 29(5): 564-567.

Hansen SC, Hlusko KC, Matz BM, Bacek LM. Retrospective evaluation of 24 cases of gastrostomy tube usage in dogs with septic peritonitis (2009-2016). J Vet Emerg Crit Care. 2019; 29(5): 514-520.

Grimes JA, Davis AM, Wallace ML, Sterman A, Thieman-Mankin KM, Lin S, Scharf VF, Hlusko KC, Matz BM, Cornell KK, Vetter CAM, Schmiedt CW. Long-term outcome and risk factors associated with death or the need for revision surgery in dogs with permanent tracheostomies. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2019; 254(9): 1086-1093.

Davis AM, Grimes JA, Wallace ML, Vetter C, Sterman A, Thieman-Mankin K, Hlusko KC, Matz BM, Lin S, Scharf VF, Cornell KK, Schmiedt CW. Owner Perception of Outcome Following Permanent Tracheostomy in Dogs. J Am Anim Hosp Assoc. 2018; 54(5): 285-290.

Grimes JA, Matz BM, Christopherson PW, Koehler JW, Cappelle KK, Hlusko KC, Smith A. Agreement between cytology and histopathology for regional lymph node metastasis in dogs with melanocytic neoplasms. Vet Pathol 2017; 54(4): 579-587.