Our Veterinarians

The College Mall Veterinary Hospital team includes a team of six highly skilled veterinarians. We proudly serve Bloomington, Indiana and the surrounding area. It is our daily privilege to provide high quality, compassionate, and competent veterinary care to your cherished pet.

Dr. Shari Hughes Vet at College Mall Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington

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 still enjoys practicing 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. Jessica Gilliatt at College Mall Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington

Dr. Jessica Gilliatt

Dr. Jessica Gilliatt was born and raised in Indianapolis. Her passion for veterinary medicine was sparked by her interest in the human-animal bond while volunteering for a therapeutic riding barn and the Humane Society of Indianapolis at the age of 13. She continued on to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Indiana State University in 2009. After the long trip to Southern California for four years, she graduated from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gilliatt has always loved Bloomington and is very excited to be able to live here and be close to home again.

Over the years as a veterinary student, Dr. Gilliatt developed special interests in soft tissue surgery, preventative medicine, and ophthalmology. She has two dogs (Lily and Mosby) and hopes to spend her free time giving back to the community by volunteering for various organizations, hiking, camping, spending time with family, and finding good books to read by the fire.

Dr. Christina Swanson of College Mall Veterinary Hospital.

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. Jona Taber, Vet at College Mall Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington

Dr. Jona Taber

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 American Veterinary Medical Association 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.

Dr. Christy Victor of College Mall Veterinary Hospital in Bloomington

Dr. Christy Victor

Dr. 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.

Dr. Katharine Watson Vet at Bloomington Animal Hospital

Dr. Katharine Watson

Dr. Katharine Watson grew up in Bloomington, IN where her family always had several animals. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and pre-medicine at Purdue University and master’s degree in neuroscience at the University of California-Santa Barbara. She worked as a research biologist for several years before obtaining her veterinary degree in 2007 from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.

Dr. Watson spent most of 2008-2016 working in emergency and critical care. She also delights in helping people keep their pets well over the long-term. Dr. Watson’s other main area of interest is animal nutrition. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, the American Association of Veterinary Nutrition, and the Comparative Gastroenterology Society.

In her free time, she enjoys running, cycling, swimming, playing tennis, traveling, and playing piano. She lives with Pixie, an Australian Kelpie, and Libby and Scooter, two Labrador Retrievers.