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.

Frances Gaudiano, RVN, BVNA DiplDerm, BSAVA Physio Merit


Frances began nursing a very long time ago and has worked in private, charity and university practices. She gained the BVNA Diploma in Dermatology in the early 2000s, going onto to write Veterinary Dermatology:  A Manual for Nurses and Technicians. Working with the Dermatology department at the Royal Veterinary College, Frances gained valuable experience assisting some of the top names in veterinary dermatology. Currently, Frances works as the Dermatology support nurse at Pelyn Vets.

In her spare time, Frances writes novels, all of which have an animal theme.

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