About the team

Nicola Shaw BVSc (Hons), Cert AVP (VD), MRCVS. Advanced Practitioner in Dermatology

Veterinary Background

Nicky graduated with Honours from Liverpool University Veterinary College in 1989 and spent two years in mixed practice in Leicestershire before moving to Cornwall to join Pelyn Veterinary Group in 1991. She has pursued an interest in Dermatology over many years and relished the opportunity to spend several years studying with Liverpool University to gain her Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2015.  She was awarded Advanced Practitioner Status with a Veterinary Dermatology Designation by the RCVS the following year. Click here if you are interested in more information about this qualification.

Membership of the British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group and the European Veterinary Dermatology Group affords her access to advances in current Dermatology thinking through attendance at Conferences and Journal reading. This is enhanced by subscription to an international veterinary dermatology internet discussion group. She is also a member of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association and British Veterinary Association.

She enjoys many aspects of companion animal practice and also offers a referral dermatology service for the Kernow Veterinary Group.  She is based at the Pelyn Kings Avenue surgery in St Austell.

Rhea Martin, RVN


Rhea has been veterinary nursing since 2003 and gained her Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Registered Veterinary Nurse qualification in 2007. She moved to Cornwall in April 2018,  joining the Kernow Vets team soon after.  She works mainly in the Kings Avenue surgery by day but also works some nights with the emergency team at Lostwithiel.

She enjoys helping owners improve their pets’ health working in the nurse clinics at the surgery.   She has developed a particular interest in microscope work, particularly used for investigating skin problems seen in the surgery.  She is now working closely with Nicky Shaw, supporting the skin investigations undertaken in her skin consultations.   She is a member of the Vetruus Nurse Dermatology Group and hopes to complete the BSAVA Dermatology Nurse Award.

When not working or caring for her own pet rabbits, cat and dog, Rhea enjoys swimming, dancing, walking and kayaking…..especially with her dog Eddie.

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