The team at Del Mar Veterinary Hospital is comprised of highly trained and experienced animal health professionals who have a genuine love for working with pets.

Our staff treats every patient with the highest quality of medical care as well as a gentle touch.

December 2020 (from left to right: Cheryl, Nicole, Melissa, Dr. Nieves, Marcos, and Adrián)

December 2021 (from left to right: Melissa, Dr. Nieves, Marcos, Adrián, Cheryl, Nicole and Edith)

Cheryl (FT Veterinary Technician)

I’m original from: New Jersey
Zodiac sign: Gemini
Inspiration: My son Jaden
Favorite place: New Hope, PA
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Italian!
If I could be any animal, I would be a: Spoiled cat.
Passionate about: Sea Turtles and our oceans.
Favorite movie: I love thrillers!
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
My pets: 3 cats (Malcome, River, and Junior – all bottle brats!), a bearded dragon named Frankie, and our beloved Daniff Angus, who passed away last year.
Time in the Veterinary Industry: Started my veterinary journey in 1988 in New Jersey and moved to Jacksonville in 1998. A total of 31 years!
Time in St. Augustine, FL: 16 years
Hobbies: Spending quality time with my son, surf fishing, beach exploring, attending concerts, music festivals, sea turtle releases, Imax movies, and competing in Jeopardy with my son.


Edith (PT Patient Care Coordinator)

I’m original from: St. Augustine, FL. Yes, I’m a local! 
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Inspiration: People who overcome obstacles and remain positive.
Favorite place: Our beach in the morning, noon, and night!
Favorite color: Always changes, but right now is sage green.
Favorite food: All fresh veggies.
If I could be any animal, I would be a: Dolphin
Passionate about: Clean earth and green.
Favorite movie: Life of Pi
Time in the Veterinary Industry: New to this industry, but I will always treat animals and humans as equals!
Time in St. Augustine, FL: 68 years
Hobbies: Love to garden, cook healthy foods, and spend time with my grandkids!


Jessica (Patient Care Coordinator – In Training)

Hello all! I was born in Beaumont, Texas but I moved to Ellington, Connecticut when I was just 9 weeks old upon being adopted by my wonderful and supportive parents. I’m an Aquarius. I gather inspiration from life experiences and the various adventures I embark upon when I am not working or studying for school. I am an Animal Health Sciences major at Unity College with a focus on equine science and management.  

My favorite place is Oxford Street in London, England. Perfect place to shop at unique boutiques and people watch. My favorite color is orange. My favorite food is Mexican. I jokingly say it is the fastest way to get me out of the house.  If I could be an animal, I would likely say I would be a tiger.  

Some of the things I’m passionate about are music, photography, really anything art related.  
My favorite movie is Gone with The Wind. My favorite superhero is Spiderman. I have two adorable cats named Severus and Luna. This is my first step towards achieving my career goals within the Veterinary Industry so I’m excited to say I am brand new and looking forward to learning more. I live in Palm Coast but the commute to St. Augustine is close to my home. 

My hobbies include kayaking, hiking, walks on the beach, constantly whipping out my camera to capture the beauty I see around me. I am an avid reader and typically have a book on hand to read whenever I get the chance. I also enjoy video games, horseback riding, and sports.  


Abby  (Veterinary Assistant)

Well, My Name is Abby Renee Mullis and I was born and raised by my single mom in Jacksonville Florida. I’m a Pisces. I get my biggest inspiration from my family. My (soon to be) Wife Amber Dash inspires me to embrace change and be better than I was the day before. Our 3 year old son Oliver inspires me to cherish every little moment. My mother Libby inspires me to never forget that hard work always pays off in the end. 

My favorite place is a small hidden section of Vilano beach called “granny hole,” it’s very private, away from the tourist crowds. My favorite color is either yellow or green, and my favorite food will always be Mac and cheese, no matter how old I get. If I could be any animal I would choose to be a fox. Why? I really couldn’t tell you. They’ve just always been my favorite. I’m passionate about education, I believe that learning doesn’t stop after schooling, and you truly can learn something new everyday. The day we stop learning is the day we stop growing. 

 I love horror and Marvel movies, and my favorite superhero is Tony Stark (Iron Man). I have a long list of pets including my Dog Dahlia (an absolute princess) and three cats called Chocolate chip, Gingersnap, and Snickerdoodle. I also have a bearded dragon named Fleetwood (who I once snuck into my college dorm room for an entire year) and a corn snake named Freya. 

I’ve been in the veterinary field for less than a year but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’ve spent the last 5 years living in St. Augustine. During that time I’ve picked up serial hobbies which include surfing (even though I’m bad at it), semi-professional photography, and writing short stories, mostly children’s stories which I read to my son.


Zobeida Román (Volunteer) – RIP, 2020


MJ & Zed (Guide Eye Dog)

Zed is Golden Labrador Retriever, who came to MJ, his owner, on December 2014. He is her second Guide Eye Dog. Zed was trained for two years before MJ got him, and he accomplished his training to work with Deaf and Blind. Zed is originally from Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Height, NY.

Two years ago, Zed was bitten by brown recluse spider on the inside of this leg, which at the time, was swelling a lot. Right after that, MJ, and her friend Joanna decided to take him to Dr. Nieves for treatment, as he was going to travel to New England the next day. Dr. Nieves treated him to help with the swelling and itchiness. Thanks to Dr. Nieves discharge care instruction and MJ’s amazing love and care, his wound got a lot better and healed well. Today, Zed is considered part of the team, by always keeping his cool around other dogs, and transferring this positive, Fear Free energy to others around him.