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We’re a dedicated professional team, working together with our clients to provide the best healthcare for their animals
Kernow Vets have over 30 years experience of providing the highest levels of veterinary care to farmers and pet owners throughout Cornwall. Our high-tech clinics and caring personal service mean that we have everything you need to keep your animals healthy and happy for years to come.
Our Clinic Team
Nicky came to work in Lostwithiel straight from Liverpool University to start her first job as a vet in 1979 and is still here over 30 years on. She has seen the practice grow from a 3 vet practice working out of a shed like structure at the back of the boss’s house to everything that it is now. She worked as a mainly farm animal vet but over the years moved across to becoming a companion animal vet.
She had the opportunity in 2007 to share her time with the British Veterinary Association where she was honoured to have the chance to spend a year representing the British veterinary profession as President of the British Veterinary Association.
Her interests outside practice include watching rugby, skiing, gardening and walking. Most of her time when she is not working seems to be spent in keeping track with what her growing family are up to and helping her husband do up an old farmhouse and barns.
Since the formation of the Kernow Veterinary Group in 2014, she has stepped out of daytime clinical work to concentrate on managing the veterinary business, but continues to contribute to the out of hours work supporting some of the younger members of the veterinary team. Her greatest pride is to see how the practice has developed since she came to Cornwall and the great work that the whole team undertakes on a daily basis.View Profile
Apart from a short spell in New Zealand, Martyn has worked in Cornwall since he graduated from Bristol University in 1987. He joined Pelyn in 1996, working in what was a traditional mixed practice, where he developed his interest in companion animal medicine. He became a partner in 2005 and, following the formation of the Kernow Veterinary Group in 2014, he took on responsibility as clinical lead at the Lostwithiel surgery. He now heads up the team of dedicated companion animal vets who provide a full range of medical and surgical services and the day care of our hospitalised patients. Martyn lives in Lostwithiel with his wife and two sons. The family has had various pets but Martyn has a particular soft spot for Norfolk TerriersView Profile
Small Animal Veterinary Director
Andy was born in Cornwall and has lived in St Austell for most of his life. He graduated from Bristol University in 1999. His career began as a mixed vet working for 2 years in a busy mixed practice in South Wales. He then spent 2 years working in a small animal hospital in Cambridgeshire where he developed his love of working with companion animals.
Andy returned to Cornwall in 2003 and soon started work as an assistant at Churchend Vets, near his home in St Austell . In 2005 he became a partner with focus on the small animal work. Following the formation of the Kernow Veterinary Group he has continued his role as the lead veterinary surgeon at the Churchend surgery. Apart from leading the Churchend team, he spends his time working in all areas of the practice as his interests lie in both small animal medicine and surgery. He also works actively in the provision of out of hours care for the whole Kernow Vet team.
When not working, Andy spends his time with his young family. He still enjoys sailing, kayaking, fishing and walking his springer spaniel when work and family duties allow!
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Alistair graduated from Bristol University in 1999. His career began in Cheshire, working in a busy mixed practice. After 2 ½ years he got itchy feet and spent a year working, travelling and snowboarding in New Zealand. Upon returning to the UK he worked for Scott-Dunn’s Equine Clinic, where he saw more horses “than he had hot dinners”! During his time there, clients included the Queen (Windsor Castle, Hampton Court and Buckingham Palace), Prince Charles and Elton John. He was also regularly on duty at Kempton, Sandown and Epsom Racecourses as well as the Guards Polo Club, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, the Hambleden Horse Trials and Point-to-Points.
Alistair’s main interest lies in the equine side of the practice particularly, dentistry and lameness. But he can be equally as happy working with cattle, with a particular interest in the control of infectious diseases of cattle, such as BVD and Johneâ’s Disease. Following the formation of the Kernow Veterinary Group in 2014, Alistair has been able to spend all of his time focusing on the large animal side of the business and, along with Ron Fraser, heads up the veterinary team of the Kernow Farm and Equine side of the practice.View Profile
Large Animal Veterinary Director
Ron graduated from Glasgow University in 1981 and after a move to Cornwall, spent 12 months working in Newquay. He moved to join the practice in Bodmin in 1982, then known as Abbott, Polden and Draper. Following the retirement of Tony Polden in 1990, Ron became a partner. Peter Abbott retired in 2005 and with the retirement of Simon Draper in 2010 the practice name changed to Harleigh Vets Limited with Ron as the sole principal of the practice.
Ron’s main interests have always been with farm animals and equine work, with particular focus on dairy health and fertility. Following the formation of the Kernow Veterinary Group in 2014, Ron has been able to focus solely on the farm and equine side, heading up the Kernow Farm and Equine team alongside his other fellow farm veterinary director, Alistair Todd.View Profile
Our Administration Team
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Renay joined Pelyn Veterinary Group in 1985 from school as an animal care YTS trainee. She went on to become the first veterinary nurse to be trained by the practice after qualifying in 1989. She eventually became Head Nurse but in 2004 when promoted to the role of Practice Manager. In 2014 the Churchend, Pelyn and Harleigh surgeries moved to working together to improve the services that we could offer all our clients and Renay became practice manager for the newly formed Kernow Veterinary Group.
She has recently studied for a Level 5 Diploma in Management and she is the first and only holder of a Certificate in Veterinary Practice Management in Cornwall. In 2016 she has also taken on the role as current president of the Veterinary Practice Management Association. The VPMA is the national body for Veterinary Practice Managers.
Renay is a firm believer in the local veterinary practice being a part of the local community, and try to manage the practice in a way that supports this. We are lucky in Cornwall that we believe that the work we do is part of our way of life.
When away from work she enjoys spending time with her two rescue dogs Faun, a Jack Russel Terrier & Jimmy, her 3-legged collie cross. She can be found walking the clay trails, the cliff paths, beaches or moors of this lovely area of Cornwall.View Profile
Sally has been the payroll and purchase ledger manager for six years, initially for the Pelyn team but now for the whole of Kernow Veterinary Group. She has certainly has seen some changes as we have evolved and grown.
In the past Sally has worked for the NHS, a disability charity, several small businesses and did spend 6 years as a VAT inspector. The office team are a supportive, cheerful bunch but looking after the whole team can get a bit hectic. Sally has the reception team on ‘puppy alert’ so if the admin folk are having a tough day then they can all pile out of their office to say hello to any new pups. A puppy cuddle cures all ills!
In her spare time she spends time walking her Border Terrier, Eddie which helps clear all those figures out of her head. She is an active member of the Lostwithiel Twinning Association which provides a certain ‘joie de vivre’.View Profile
Jade has been working for the administration team since 2014. She spends most of her time based in the main office for the business but gets to pop into all the surgeries every week.
She loves all aspects of her job, especially working with such a great team of people.
She is Cornish through and through, having been born and bred in this fantastic county. She has always made the most of living here, exploring all the great beaches and walks, mainly accompanied by her dog Sky.View Profile