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.


Cheryl Shaw (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. 


Nicole Hoyt (FT Patient Care Coordinator)

I’m original from: California

Zodiac sign: Aries

Inspiration: Traveling

Favorite place: Hawaii & Puerto Rico

Favorite color: Turquoise

Favorite food: Mofongo, Rice & Beans, and Bananas 

If I could be any animal, I would be: A horse

Passionate about: Music, the outdoors and the beach. 

My pets: Ozzie (Texas healer)

Time in the Veterinary Industry: Approximately 5 years (when younger).

Time in St. Augustine, FL: 16 years

Hobbies: Landscape, interior design, and walking dogs. 


Jennifer Holloway (PT Administrative Assistant)

Originally from: Selinsgrove, PA

Zodiac sign: Taurus

Favorite place: Italy

Favorite color: Black

My pets: Bodhi (dog)  & Mo (cat)


Kimberly Taylor-Black (PT Administrative Assistant)

 

I’m originally from: Grand Junction, Colorado

Zodiac sign: Taurus

Inspiration: Local woman in my community working to make a change. 

Favorite place: Central City/Blackhawk, Colorado 

Favorite color: Turquoise

Favorite food: Tacos & French Fries

If I could be any animal, I would be: a Gorilla

Passionate about: Activism

Favorite movie: Scream

Favorite Superhero: RBG (Ruth Bader Ginsburg)

My pets: Tucker (dog)

Time in St. Augustine, FL: 7 years

Hobbies: Reading, volunteering at the church in my community, watching TV, Fashion & Beauty and history. 


Lillian & Avery Taylor-Black (Volunteers – from right to left)


Walker Cribbs (Volunteer)


Zobeida Roman (Volunteer)


Terri (Honorary Volunteer)

I was born in Newport Beach, CA and moved to St Augustine when I was 8 years old, to attend Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. I am visually impaired, but  I don’t let that stop me. I graduated FSDB in 2016, but still attend thru their Continuing Education Program. I also participate in VERC (Visual Education & Rehabilitation Center). Both of these programs have job coaches that help me learn job skills. I now work at the St Augustine Lighthouse Museum as a docent. I also volunteer at Wags and Whiskers Pet Rescue with my mom to help rescue kittens get their forever homes. I love to sing and I love to meet new people.


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 alway keeping his cool around other dogs, and transfering this positive, Fear Free energy to others around him.