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Our Staff

Meet Dr. Nicola Williamson, DVM, DACVD



Serving Central Virginia since 2003, Dr. Nicola L. Williamson, DVM, DACVD, and her staff at Veterinary Dermatology of Richmond are dedicated to the health and well being of your best friend.

When Veterinary Dermatology of Richmond opened its doors, Dr. Nicola Williamson had a vision: to diagnose and treat dogs, cats, horses, and other pets with skin or ear problems and educate their owners about the importance of their pet’s dermatological health. Extensive research, study at some of the finest institutions in the country, and recognition by leading veterinary publications all make Dr. Williamson one of the most respected experts in the field. Dr. Williamson’s work has been published in textbooks and veterinary journals. She has also participated in drug trials with major pharmaceutical companies, helping to further improve the treatment of pets with skin diseases. The wagging tails of her four-legged friends have turned a veterinary profession into a personal passion.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, Dr. Williamson became a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine after completing her degree at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. After an internship in internal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, she spent three years completing a residency in Veterinary Dermatology at the University of Tennessee before becoming board-certified in veterinary dermatology by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

Dr. Williamson was voted the Best Veterinary Dermatologist in the Richmond and central Virginia area by other veterinarians, in Virginia Living Magazine.

If your pet is suffering from scratching, chewing, sores, ear infections, hair loss, or other dermatology problems, Dr. Williamson is here for you and treats all of her patients with the care and compassion they deserve.

When not busy helping her patients, Dr. Williamson enjoys traveling, hiking, gardening, reading, and quilting. 


Meet Dr. Elizabeth Toops, DVM, MS, DACVD


Dr. Elizabeth Toops was born in Ohio.  She attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology with Highest Distinction.  She then attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbus, Ohio.  Following veterinary school, she completed a small animal rotating internship in Internal Medicine and Surgery at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She then went to Auburn, Alabama to complete a residency in dermatology and a master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  While there, she gave numerous lectures and wrote articles pertaining to different dermatology topics.  She also won the ACVD Resident’s Research Award in Basic Science.

From 2009 to 2013, Dr. Toops worked at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center, a private veterinary specialty practice.  She became board certified in veterinary dermatology in 2010. She then moved to Charlottesville and continued her work there. 

Recently, Elizabeth Toops moved to Midlothian.  Dr. Toops lives with her husband, Shawn, also a veterinarian, as well as her two small children Mila and Luke.  She also lives with her mixed breed dog Ada, and her cat Parker.  Dr. Toops has a special interest in parasitic diseases of animals as well as atopic skin disease.  Her extracurricular interests include running and reading.


Diana Kennedy


Diana joined the Veterinary Dermatology team in October 2013, and, in 2014, she became our lead veterinary receptionist. As you enter Veterinary Dermatology’s doors, you are most likely to see Diana’s smiling face first! You will also probably hear her lovely voice when you call to make your appointment or get a refill on your pet’s medication. She has been in the veterinary field since 1996, and although she loves dogs and cats, her passion lies with ferrets, having owned over 19 of them! She currently cares for her son Shane. Diana loves sports, especially football and the Washington Redskins. In her spare time, she also enjoys drawing and doing crafts.


Sarah Tudor


Sarah is our lead veterinary assistant who is been in the veterinary field for 5+ years. She is also enrolled in school to become a vet tech. Sarah has an Associate degree and majored in Business. In her spare time, she likes up-cycling furniture, spending time with family and friends; watching Notre Dame football; traveling; going to concerts; and transporting shelter animals to various rescue groups. She enjoys baking, shopping, classic movies, interior decorating, bargain hunting, and, of course, playing with dogs. Her favorite aspect of Dermatology is reading cytologies and seeing the before and after progress of patients.


Emily Emerson

Emily previously worked with us as a receptionist/assistant in 2014 – 2015.  She rejoins us as a full time receptionist. Emily is a native Virginian and grew up in Mechanicsville, VA.  She has been in the animal field since 2008.   She enjoys spending her time with her husband Justin and their 5 dogs. They are 2 boxer mixes, Buck and Chevy, 1 Labrador retriever, Hank and 2 coonhounds, Cletus and Maggie. In her spare time Emily also enjoys cooking, crafts and shopping.



We are pleased to introduce the Veterinary Dermatology of Richmond family. Welcome back Emily!