Associate Professor, Internal Medicine,

Tracy Hill

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Associate Professor, Internal Medicine

Residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine, North Carolina State University

Fellowship in Veterinary Interventional Radiology, New York

DVM, University of Minnesota

PhD, North Carolina State University


Dr. Tracy Hill is a Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine and Interventional Radiology. Her primary clinical interest areas include gastroenterology and minimally invasive treatment modalities. Her research is focused in two main areas, including minimally invasive therapies and the effect of various systemic disease states on gut function and gastrointestinal injury.

She completed a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the Animal Medical Center in 2011. Interventional Radiology uses various non-invasive imaging modalities such as endoscopy and fluoroscopy to provide minimally invasive treatment options to a large range of diseases. She developed or expanded minimally invasive treatments that are the cornerstone of Interventional Radiology at three separate academic institutions prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Hill’s primary clinical focus within Small Animal Internal Medicine is in the management of chronic gastrointestinal diseases, including esophageal dysmotility, chronic enteropathy, gastric ulcers, and gastrointestinal infectious diseases. Her PhD research focus was in studying gastric recovery from acid injury in dogs.

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Research Summary/Interests

Within the field of gastroenterology, Dr. Hill’s primary research focus is the effect of other systemic disease states on gut function, including strenuous exercise, osteoarthritis and pain management, and critical illness. Exercise-induced gastrointestinal injury occurs with strenuous physical activity. Dr. Hill studies the effect of endurance racing in Alaskan sled dogs on gastrointestinal permeability and mucosal integrity. She has performed studies to establish the prevalence of gastrointestinal lesions in dogs with osteoarthritis that are receiving long-term pain management with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. She is currently investigating acute gastrointestinal injury in dogs, whereby critical illness results in potentially life threatening gastrointestinal signs, including GI bleeding and dysmotility.

Research Funding Grants

  • Hill TL, Good J. Acute Gastrointestinal Injury in Dogs. American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. February 2021. $13,964.
  • Hill TL. Acute gastrointestinal injury in dogs. Infiniti Medical LLC, 2020. Donated 5 video capsule endoscopy units, value $1750.
  • Atiee G, Hill T, Bartges J. Use of MRI to evaluate the urinary system in young dogs who are urinary incontinent. Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Research Grant, 2019. $7120.
  • Hill T, Mabry K, Davis M. Gastrointestinal Injury in Racing Alaskan Sled Dogs. Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Research Grant, UGA CVM, 2018. $7385.
  • Hill T, Bartges J. ACVIM Fellowship in Advanced Clinical Training: Fellowship in Small Animal Interventional Radiology. American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. $25,000 provided by ACVIM, $15,000 from UGA Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery and $15,000 from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, 2018. Total $55,000.


Selected Publications

  • Mabry K, Hill TL, Tolbert MK. “Prevalence of gastrointestinal lesions in dogs chronically treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2021;1-7.
  • V Dickerson, J Grimes, T Hill, J Bartges; C Schmiedt. “Management of a feline urethral tear with porcine small intestinal submucosa augmented urethroplasty and balloon dilation.” J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2021;258(2):186-191.
  • Mabry K, Hill T, Marks S, Hardy B. “Utility of capsule endoscopy in the assessment of microcytosis with or without obscure gastrointestinal bleeding in dogs.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2019;1-6.
  • McCool KE, Bissett SA, Hill TL, Degernes LA, Hawkins EC. “Evaluation of a Human Virtual-Reality Endoscopy Trainer for Teaching Early Endoscopy Skills to Veterinarians.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education. Available online 22 April 2019.
  • Hill TL. “Gastrointestinal tract dysfunction in critical illness: Clinical assessment and management.” Invited, peer-reviewed review article. Topics in Companion Animal Medicine. Available online 12 April 2019.
  • Ballber Torres C, Hill TL, Bommer NX. “Minimally invasive treatment of sino-nasal aspergillosis in dogs.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2018;32:2069-73.
  • Hill TL, Lascelles BDX, Blikslager AT. “Effect of Sucralfate on Gastric Permeability in an Ex Vivo Model of Stress-Related Mucosal Disease in Dogs.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2018;32(2):670-678.
  • S. Kilpatrick, T. Hill. “Submucosal Collagen Injection for Management of Urinary Incontinence Following Urethral Stent Placement.” Topics in Companion Animal Medicine. 2017;32(2):55-7.
  • Cartwright J, Hill T, Smith S, Shaw D. “Evaluating Quality and Adequacy of Gastrointestinal Samples with Reusable and Single Use Forceps.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2016;30(4):1002-7.
  • Serra JC, Hill T, Lawrence J. “Canine transitional cell carcinoma: a review of current paradigms.” Companion Animal. 2016;21(1):2-8.
  • Hill TL, Berent AC, Weisse CW. “Evaluation of urethral stent placement for benign urethral obstructions.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2014;28(5):1384-90.
  • Hill TL, Lascelles BDX, Law JM, Blikslager AT. “The effect of tramadol and indomethacin co-administration on gastric barrier function in dogs.” Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 2014;28(3):793-8.
  • Di Cicco M, Fetzer T, Secoura P, Jermyn K, Hill T, Chaloub S, Vaden S. “Management of Bilateral Idiopathic Renal Hematuria in a Dog with Silver Nitrate.” Canadian Veterinary Journal. 2013;54(8):761-4.
  • Hill TL, Blikslager AT. “Effect of a zinc L-carnosine compound on acid-induced injury in canine gastric mucosa ex vivo.” American Journal of Veterinary Research. 2012;73(5): 659-663.

Book Chapters

  • Mabry K, Hill T. 2019. Canine Infectious Diarrhea. In: L. Tilly and F. Smith (Eds), Blackwell’s Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline (7th Ed). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. In progress.
  • Hill TL,Lascelles BDX, Blikslager AT. 2013. Gastroduodenal Ulceration. In: E. Monnet (Ed.), Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery (1st Ed, pp 329-41). Ames, IA: Blackwell Publishing.


Academic Interests and Focus

Dr. Hill incorporates a variety of teaching modalities to teach veterinary students, including small group online case modules, case-based learning, and encouraging the practice of clinical medicine in the classroom to ease the transition from didactic learning to clinical case management.

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Board Certifications

Diplomate ACVIM (SAIM), Diplomate ECVIM-CA

Clinical Interests

Gastroenterology, Interventional Radiology