We are a small animal practice in Cornwall, first established in 1984. Your pets are our priority and our skilled team of veterinarians and vet nurses are dedicated to providing the highest quality care for your animals.
After graduating from the Royal Veterinary College, Sam joined the team at Clifton Villa in 2003. He was drawn to Cornwall by his passion for water sports and is a keen kitesurfer and sailor. In addition to his role in running the practice, he has an interest in surgery and runs the orthopaedic service for the practice. Sam’s wife is also a vet and they have three children, a Lurcher called Myrtle and two cats, Sophie and Tim.
Paul Colam-Ainsworth BVSc MRCVS
Paul qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1989 from Bristol University and has always worked at Clifton Villa. He has spent the majority of his career as a mixed animal vet but now happily works as a small animal vet at all sites. Paul has an interest in exotics and is the main veterinary surgeon for Newquay zoo.
Esme Munoz MRCVS
After graduating as a vet from Leon University in Spain in 2007, Esme worked with small and farm animals there. She came to work in UK for a challenge in her career and began with some Official Veterinarian (OV) work in Scotland. Esme joined Clifton Villa in July 2018, and her passion is caring for all kinds of pets with a particular interest in emergency and critical care. She loves spending time walking her dog in the beautiful coastal paths of Cornwall.
Alex Nascimento BVetMed MRCVS
Alex graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in July 2018 and joined the Clifton Villa Team. She likes all animals and has an interest in exotics and snakes. Alex owns her own pet snakes. Having moved to Cornwall Alex enjoys surfing on the beautiful Cornish coast.
Alison Parish BVSc MRCVS
Alison joined us in May 2017. Having worked for CVS in the South East for three years she decided to move to Cornwall. Alison has a keen interest in exotics and is currently working towards becoming a RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. She also loves her furry friends and enjoys walks with her crossbreed Twiglet.
Ruth Wickens BVSc CertSAM MRCVS
Ruth Wickens qualified as a vet in 2002 from Bristol University. She worked in the Midlands for 13 years, initially in a mixed practice and then at a small animal hospital. In 2009 Ruth obtained a post graduate qualification in Small Animal Medicine and am now an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine.