Watson Vet provides care for Bloomington pets in the familiar surroundings of home. We provide most services normally offered at a veterinary clinic, including vaccinations, laboratory pathology, nutrition counseling, geriatric and pediatric care, medical evaluations, and medical case management.
There are many benefits of home veterinary care! Pets are less likely to be exposed to infectious diseases carried by unfamiliar pets outside of the home. Pets are also less stressed at home with their families. Stress can lead to increased blood pressure and stress hormones and can even cause some pets to vomit on the way to the vet.
We prioritize a high standard of care for every patient and aim for veterinary visits to be comfortable for pets and their families.
Pets with more serious problems requiring hospitalization or specialty care will be referred to Indianapolis or West Lafayette (Purdue).
Infectious respiratory disease precautions: For the safety of our team and clients, we appreciate it when masks are worn during housecalls. Please let us know, before a housecall, if you or someone in your home may have been exposed to someone with flu-like signs in the past two weeks.
Dr. Watson grew up in Bloomington, IN where her family had a wonderful housecall veterinarian. Observing how much her family's pets enjoyed their veterinary visits prompted Dr. Watson to start seeing her own housecall patients.
Dr. Watson received her BA from Purdue, MA from University of California, Santa Barbara, and her veterinary doctorate from Murdoch University in Western Australia. She worked an an emergency and critical care veterinarian in specialty hospitals for 13 years and undertook an emergency and critical care residency in Massachusetts. Dr. Watson is completing her PhD in epidemiology at Indiana University with a minor in nutrition. Her research areas are the gut microbiome, the human-animal bond, and One Health.
When not seeing patients or working on research, Dr. Watson spends time with her family, runs marathons, enjoys outdoor sports and travel, and caters to her pets' whims.
Tim and Hazel Shier
Office Manager (Tim) and Assistant (Hazel)
Tim handles some office tasks and assists with house calls as needed. When he is not helping out at Watson Vet, Tim works as an endangered species biologist. We are so lucky that he shares some of his time with cats and dogs!
In Tim's free time, he enjoys art projects, sports, and gardening at home where he lives with his cat, Hazel Marie.
Claire assists with surgeries and some house calls. She is a human registered nurse who has worked in several university teaching hospitals but has retired from nursing, for now, to focus on her amazing and busy children. We are so lucky she is lending her medical skills to animals! If your pet is having an anesthetic, Claire is behind the scenes helping keep your pet safe and well-cuddled.
Claire lives with her wonderful husband, two children, flock of hens, Kuma the Bernedoodle, and Huckleberry the Bichon Frise cross. Claire is a very active community and school volunteer, a talented distance runner, and an avid outdoors person.