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Clayton D. Hilton, MS, DVM
Jo and Bruce Gunn Endowed Director of Veterinary Technology
Wildlife Veterinarian & Associate Professor


Clay Hilton is an Associate Professor and the Jo and Bruce Gunn Endowed Director of Veterinary Technology and serves as the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.  Starting at an early age, he was fortunate enough to have had the Everglades and mangrove coasts of South Florida and the mountains of western North Carolina to fuel his love for the outdoors.  Clay has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology (1988) from Auburn University, where he also earned his Master of Science degree in Zoology-Wildlife Ecology (1994).  During his research, Clay used the helminth parasite faunas of 10 species of bats in Alabama to infer ecologic relationships within and among the bats.  Later, Clay earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1997) from Auburn University and then completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery (1999).  Clay has worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings, including The Montgomery Zoo, The Abilene Zoo, Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Big Sky Country Veterinary Clinics and the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Abilene (TX).  Prior to arriving at TAMUK, Clay was the Vice-President of Animal Care & Conservation at Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Clay is on the Committee on Environmental Issues for the American Veterinary Medical Association, is on the Executive Committee and Executive Board of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and is on the Council of the Wildlife Disease Association. He is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club and is a Professional Advisor to the East Foundation. Select awards have been from the Tennessee Valley Authority for his work with gates used in caves that house endangered bats and from the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association and the Junior Faculty Teaching award at Texas A&M-Kingsville..  He also teaches a wildlife capture and anesthesia course for Animal Control Officers, USDA/APHIS/Wildlife Services biologists, veterinarians, graduate students and veterinary students.

Clay’s wildlife veterinary interests include disease interactions at the human/wildlife/domestic animal interfaces, anesthesia and immobilization and biotoxicology.  Developing a 4-year veterinary technology program with emphases on large animal medicine and wildlife has been one of the highlights of his career. 

Veterinary Technology Program

Research Interest

Wildlife Anesthesia
Wildlife Disease Dynamics
Biotoxicology

Course Taught

Large Animal Medicine.Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Avian & Exotic Animal Medicine, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Anesthesia & Surgical Assisting, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Laboratory Animal Medicine, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Veterinary Office Management, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Surgical Nursing, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Intro. to Veterinary Technology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Clinical Externship I, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Clinical Externship I, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Veterinary Radiology. Spring 2015.  Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Small Animal Medicine II, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Veterinary Parasitology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Medical Terminology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Pharmacologic Calculations, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Small Animal Medicine I, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Veterinary Anatomy I, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Veterinary Anatomy II, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Veterinary Toxicolog, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Clinical Rotations in Veterinary Medicine,  Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute | Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Howe Building Room 205
700 University Blvd., MSC 228
Kingsville, TX 78363
Work Phone: 
1 (361) 593-3258
Fax: 
1 (361) 593-3788
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