Hilary Aver

Hilary Aver

Hilary Aver is an Editor for The Spruce Pets and has been with Dotdash since 2021. She has 7 years of experience in writing and editing New York Media specializing in lifestyle, celebrity, and queer/social justice issues. She has held positions at The Cut, Vanity Fair, and ELLE.com and has written for Refinery29, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Esquire.com, and more.


  • Hilary is an Editor for The Spruce Pets.
  • She has 7 years of writing and editing experience in New York Media.
  • She has held positions at The Cut, Vanity Fair, and ELLE.com.
  • Freelance writer, editor and SEO expert across brands as a freelance contractor


After journalism school, Hilary got her start as a fact-checker at The Nation magazine, where she worked with well-known writers to check their work across breaking news and feature content for the historic publication. Since then, she's worked in the digital space as an editor, writer, part-time social media manager, and SEO specialist for brands like The Cut, Vanity Fair, and ELLE.com.

At Vanity Fair, she maintained a byline consistently found on the list of most-trafficked pieces on the site. At The Cut, ELLE.com, in local news, and through her freelance work, she has helped sites with their traffic goals by updating and executing SEO strategy.

Read more about The Spruce Pet's Editorial Policies and Standards.


Hilary attended the Missouri School of Journalism, where she majored in both magazine writing and editing, focusing on news and lifestyle content for a city publication and graduated with a journalism degree in December 2014. Ten days later, she moved to New York City to begin her continued education in newsrooms and magazine offices across the industry.

Expertise: Pets
Education: University of Missouri
Location: Portland, Maine
Title: Editor

About The Spruce Pets

The Spruce Pets, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a new kind of pets website offering practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet. The Spruce Pets reaches 10 million people each month. Learn more about us, our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy veterinarian advice.

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