Who We Are
Our staff includes six veterinarians and several technicians and administrative workers, as well as three of cats and a dog who spend the day with us and our patients.
Dr. Christina Swanson
Dr. Christina Swanson is a graduate of Purdue University, where she received an undergraduate degree in 1978, and then her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1981. After working in other practices, she became owner of College Mall Veterinary Hospital in 1984. She is now Managing Veterinarian of the practice with her recent partnership with NVA.
Dr. Swanson has been in small animal practice for over 30 years. Her main interest is the medical and surgical care of dogs and cats, including performing ultrasonography, such as abdominal scanning and cardiac ultrasounds. Most of all, she relishes the unique human-animal bond that she sees in all of her patients with their owners. She hopes that with her medical care that bond will be allowed to strengthen and flourish.
Dr. Swanson is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, the Indiana Board of Animal Health Medical Reserve Corps, as well as a long time member of the Bloomington Rotary Club. She is also a board member of the FS Bloomington Figure Skating Club.
She is married to Allen Parkes, and has twin daughters, Jackie and Christa, as well as a stepson, Shea, who is married and lives in Indianapolis. Shea and his wife, Angie, have Dr. Swanson's first grandkids, Klaus and Bianca. She shares her home with two dogs, Priscilla and Bailee, and two cats, Sushi and Oreo. She spends time riding her American Saddlebred horse named Joe, and enjoys trail riding with her husband and his horse, Charlie. When not busy with animal and kid things, she and her husband like to downhill ski, and she likes to ice skate as well.
Dr. Shari Hughes
Dr. Shari Hughes is a graduate of Indiana University and the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from South Bend, Dr. Hughes fell in love with Bloomington as a student and came back to take a position at College Mall Veterinary Hospital in 1992. Two decades later, she is still enjoying practice, while she and her husband Paul, a teacher at Bloomington High School North, keep busy raising three children, two cats and a dog.
When she is not working with animals, Dr. Hughes enjoys watching movies at home, visiting with family and friends, or piling the kids and dog into the car for the occasional road trip.
Dr. Jane Jacobi is a graduate of Purdue University and earned her veterinary degree in 2012 from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After living in the Caribbean (St. Kitts and Nevis) for veterinary school and Purdue University for her clinical year, she is thrilled to be back in southern Indiana. She is originally from Bedford, but Bloomington has always felt like home.
Growing up with cats and taking them to the family veterinarian influenced her to join the profession. Her primary interests are preventive medicine, feline internal medicine, and general surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Jacobi's other passions are playing the harp, cooking and Jazzercise. She is the cat guardian of Bernie and Ham. Both cats keep her on her toes every day.
Dr. Jona Taber is a graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. She grew up in Kentucky where she attended Murray State University and found not only three furry friends, but her future husband as well. She is a currently a member of the AVMA and Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.
While in veterinary school, she developed a passion for dentistry, dermatology and soft tissue surgery of small animals. Of course, she has always loved preventative medicine -- especially with new puppies and kittens. Answering questions from a new puppy or kitten owner is one of her favorite moments because it is such an exciting time that a veterinarian gets to share with her clients and patients.
She was married to her husband in 2012, and is excited to be a resident and homeowner in Bloomington. Her passions include gardening, downhill skiing, traveling and walking with her two dogs: Marley, a cute and sassy beagle, and Dylan, a sweet and loyal hound-mix. Unfortunately, her furry feline, Eli, is not able to go for walks but does enjoy looking at birds from the screened-in patio.
Christy Victor grew up on a small farm in Indiana and attended high school in her parents' hometown of Clay City, Indiana. She has had a lifelong fascination with animals and nature, so biology was a natural track for her to follow. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology with an area certificate in environmental studies and Phi Beta Kappa induction from Indiana University Bloomington. While she was an undergraduate at IU, she volunteered at College Mall Veterinary Hospital. As soon as her studies at IU were completed, she made the move north to West Lafayette to study veterinary medicine.
While a veterinary student at Purdue, she led the chartering of a student chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and was president of the club in its first year. She went on to receive the senior student award from the AAFP for Proficiency and Interest in Feline medicine, an award given to one senior at each veterinary college in the country. She also was inducted into Phi Zeta, the veterinary academic honor society, as a third-year student. During her senior year, she spent five weeks doing her off-campus rotation at CMVH.
After receiving her DVM degree, Dr. Victor returned to Bloomington where she has provided veterinary care for dogs and cats for the past 20 years. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Feline Practitioners. She is also a volunteer and foster parent for the Great Lakes Bengal Rescue.
In her free time, she enjoys trail running, hiking, camping and almost any other outdoor activity. Dr. Victor is mother to three teen daughters and wife of Aaron, and they share their home with three cats and three dogs. She is excited to join the CMVH staff and looks forward to meeting you.
Our staff includes professionals experienced in veterinary technology and other tasks, all of whom have compassionate attitudes toward clients with ailing pets.
Our professionals are committed to taking care of your pet, whether your pet is here for routine exams or injury or illness.