Get to know the veterinary professionals who’ll be caring for your beloved pet
After qualifying from Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty in Pretoria in 1980, and completing National Service, I worked with a specialist surgeon for 10 years. As he wasn’t keen on medicine and I wasn’t keen on surgery, we worked well together. My interest in internal medicine led to me studying further, taking up a lecturing position at the Medical University of South Africa, and becoming a Veterinary Specialist Physician in 1993.
Our family emigrated to the UK in 1994, and I joined Newnham Court Veterinary Group in March of that year, becoming a Partner in 1996. As many skin cases have an internal medicine component, the study of skin disease (Dermatology) was a natural step to take, and I obtained a Royal College post-graduate Certificate in 2002.
Acupuncture fascinates me, and I’ve been treating dogs and cats (and occasionally myself, family members and friends) with needles since 1982.
Outside of work, spending time at home with my wife Judy, our children, two dogs, two rescue hens, 3 rescue budgies, a rescue parrotlet, and an insane Galah cockatoo (our daughter’s bird, I hasten to add) keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. Judy and I have recently taken up birdwatching again and spend many glorious hours in the damp and cold. My other interests include Ancient Greek and Latin, resulting in Open University Degree in Classics in 2011.
Along with my wife and the two of our four children still living at home, I am a vegan for ethical reasons; consequently I have a keen interest in studying and promoting Animal Rights.
I spent the first ten years of my career in small animal and equine practice, successively at Bath, Hastings and Canterbury. I started in the small animal side at Newnham Court in 1993 and became a partner in 1996. During that time I have seen the small animal department grow from three vets when I started to the current total of fifteen.
I have always had a keen interest in surgery and my particular areas could broadly be described as ears, bones and bums! I have been responsible for the orthopaedic caseload at Newnham Court for more than twenty years. During this time we have seen a vast numbers of cases in a wide range of species. In addition to cats and dogs, other animals we have treated include lions, tigers, goats, rabbits, owls and even a swan! I am able offer a wide range of orthopaedic surgeries including total hip replacement, advanced treatments for cruciate ligament disease (tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) and tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA)), arthoscopy and a full range of fracture fixation, including locking plate technology.
I have an interest in practice management and was awarded the General Practitioners Certificate in Business and Professional Studies in 2006. I am a keen supporter of the process of practice accreditation and I am very proud that here at Newnham Court we have held Small Animal Hospital status since 1997.
I am the current president of the British Veterinary Hospitals Association. I am also a member of the Practice Standards Group, the committee at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons that lays down the criteria for the Practice Standards Scheme.
I live in Maidstone with my wife and our gorgeous and very spoilt Border terrier, Ruby. While away from work I enjoy playing, collecting and building guitars and fishing; both fly-fishing for salmon and trout and sea-fishing from boats out of Brighton and Weymouth.
Since 1994 I have been at Newnham Court. I enjoy all aspects of being a vet, and have particular interests in ultrasonography, endoscopy and keyhole surgery and soft tissue surgery. I have done many training courses in these areas over the years which have all helped me extend my knowledge. You never stop learning. I’m very proud to be part of the team at Newnham Court, which enshrines one of my principles of always being prepared to go the extra mile to achieve the highest possible standard of care.
Outside of work I have three children to keep me busy and entertained. I’ve always been particularly fond of greyhounds, and have owned several over the years. I currently have a lurcher called Basil.
In my spare time I particularly enjoy cycling, and in the summer months try my hand at some time-trialling which is a good challenge. I like getting out in the open air and going on long walks and kayaking.
I have wanted to be a vet since my early teens. There were no vets in my family to inspire this decision – a love of animals and the challenge of a varied and interesting career were my motivators. After qualifying in1997 I took a locum position as an equine vet at Newnham Court after ‘seeing practice’ as a veterinary student here for some years. That appointment quickly became a permanent position. After three years I switched to become a small animal practitioner at Newnham Court and I have been a small animal vet ever since.
In my early years I had aspirations to travel the world with my work. The furthest I reached was just north of the Dartford Tunnel! I was in sole charge of a small animal practice there for nearly a year and then moved to a practice in Ashford prior to rejoining the team at Newnham Court in 2011. During my time in Ashford I gained further qualifications studying for the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Juggling work with study was not easy but well worth the effort – advancing my knowledge in my area of special interest has been of great benefit to me and my patients. I also did it at the right time – with two young children in the household I now know how hard it would have been combining study with family life (even with a very understanding veterinary nurse as my wife!). As well as internal medicine my other areas of interest are diagnostic imaging and soft tissue surgery.
In 2015 I was awarded ‘advanced practitioner status’ in internal medicine. This is a ‘middle tier’ accreditation between the original veterinary degree (equivalent of general practitioner (G.P.)) and RCVS Specialist status ( equivalent of consultant in human medicine).
I have been lucky enough to have always worked in good veterinary practices but returning to Newnham Court has definitely felt like coming home and now, as a director, I am here to stay. I know I am working not only in a hospital standard practice with outstanding facilities but also in a practice where everyone else shares the same values as I do – doing what is best for your pet, and you. That is very important to me. That is why I am here.
Outside of work I enjoy the peace and solitude of fly fishing. I also enjoy photography, horse racing and cooking. I am a qualified scuba diver, although I only dive occasionally on holiday nowadays (the clarity of the waters off Malta are ideal).
Dave qualified from the Cambridge Vet School in 1991 and has been working in small animal practice ever since.
He has been working at The Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital since 1997 and deals with most of the small animal species that walk through our door. He will happily see small furry pets, cage birds and tortoises although cats and dogs still make up the vast majority of the patients that Dave sees.
Dave is married with 2 daughters and has house full of animals; dogs, cats, guinea pigs and gerbils.
Dave’s main hobby is running. He regularly competes in road races ranging from 10k to marathons. He has run three marathons including the Flora London Marathon in 2007 and 2009.
She lives in a small cottage in the Kent countryside with her partner Julian, an exotics vet, her cat Robin and two rescued tortoises, Talla and Neenee and a bearded dragon named James.
She joint the Newnham Court team in May 2015 and has been a valuable asset to the practice.
Rachel is a RCVS Accredited Advanced Practitioner In Small Animal Medicine and in her spare time she enjoys walking, swimming and the gym.
Nicky qualified from Onderstepoort, South Africa in 1996. After working in small animal practice, she took the opportunity to work nights for our out of hours service, where there are more cases to pursue her interest in emergency and critical care.
Nicky currently lives in Berkshire with her two border terrier puppies. She is a first aid instructor and qualified scuba diving instructor.
Because of her current rota, Nicky is able to fulfil her passion for travelling, trekking, diving and kayaking. Her travels have so far taken her to many countries including a 15 week volunteer trip to the Patagonia region of South America, and the Galapagos Islands. Her more recent adventures include Mauritius, Djibouti and Mexico, and climbing Kilimanjaro.
Nicky is a RCVS Accredited Advanced Practitioner in Emergency and Critical Care.
Davide qualified in Italy in 1998, and in 2002 obtained a PhD in Animal Nutrition. In 2006 he moved in England.
Davide has been always interested in small animal medicine; particularly Emergency and Critical Care. He started his career with us working with our team of night staff whilst working/studying towards his PhD.
Outside of work Davide lives with his wife, three children, one dog and one cat. He loves hiking and misses the mountains in Italy.
Stefan qualified in Romania in 2007 and after five years working in a small animal practice, he moved in England.
Since October 2012 he has been working as an emergency vet in a small animal practice in Kent.
During his free time Stefan enjoys visiting different places in Romania, walking and playing table tennis.
Gemma is a clinical coach to student veterinary nurses and is very passionate about training the next generation of VNs to a high standard. Currently working towards a certificate in anaesthesia, her main areas of interests are pharmacology, critical care and anaesthesia. Gemma likes playing netball with a small team locally including some of the other nurses when she isn’t running around keeping her 2 sons occupied.
Recently Charlene has returned to work following the birth of her son to the role of deputy nursing manager. Charlene has a keen interest in dentistry and is a clinical coach, which enables her to assist and support student nurses in their training.
Becky particularly enjoy laboratory and surgical work and is about to embark on a certificate of anaesthesia. In her spare time, Becky is kept busy running around after her 3 year old son Max and a 3 legged cat Henry.
year old jack Russell Ronnie. I also have a 2 year old daughter called Florrie who keeps me on my toes!
Amy began her career here at Newnham Court as an auxiliary 12 years ago; she progressed to VN training and qualified in 2007. Amy developed an interest in emergency and critical care nursing and began working weekend and night shifts for PETS. In 2011 Amy was actively involved in the setting up and development of the continuous care department and team and since then Amy has remained as a continuous care nurse progressing the department and emergency/CC nursing. Along with her Dachshund Hugo, Amy enjoys arranging Newnham Court dog walks, which is a great opportunity for the nursing team to meet up out of work with their pooches.
Torie first joined NCVH in September 2011 as a student veterinary nurse. When she qualified in 2013, she quickly realised a passion for emergency and critical care. Since then, she has joined our continuous care team, which allows her to fulfil this passion. Currently, she is working towards her certificate in small animal emergency and critical care, where she hopes to expand her knowledge in order to benefit the patients she cares for. In her spare time, Torie loves to bake for family and friends. She also has a special interest in carting with her Leonberger and obedience training with her spaniel collie mix. Recently, she had the pleasure of hand rearing a litter of 5 day old kittens. Despite owning quite a collection of animals already, one kitten did manage to charm his way into staying.
Amelia qualified in 2011 after completing the NVQ in Veterinary nursing and Cerberus Training and Consultancy. Once qualified Amelia worked at a large charity organisation to gain experience and completed a diploma in feline behaviour and health and welfare. Amelia joined Newnham Court in 2014 after deciding that she wanted to focus her nursing on critical care. Amelia is currently studying for the certificate in emergency and critical care. Amelia’s particular interest in feline behaviour and the effects this has on health and welfare are put in to practice with her own cat Dylan who takes up a lot of her spare time.
Michelle is currently on maternity leave with her first child but is planning to return to the role and hoping to go on to achieve the certificate in nutrition.
Sarah qualified as an RVN in 2012, and joined the Newnham Court nursing team as a day nurse in August 2014. She has recently been given the opportunity to work with the Continuous care team, which she is thoroughly enjoying and gaining lots of experience. Sarah enjoys caring for long term hospitalised patients and has developed an interest in emergency and critical care nursing. Sarah has a rescue cat called Twitchy, a naughty rescue puppy called Stanley and LOTS of Guinea Pigs!!!’
Adam joined Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital in 2013, having started his veterinary nursing training in a local referral practice. He has recently qualified passing his final exams with flying colours. During his training Adam has developed a keen interest in laboratory work and covers for Rachel and Toni, our lab nurses when they are away. Outside of work, Adam enjoys the challenge of training his unruly Jack Russell cross, Busby and relaxing at home with Bod his incredibly lazy cat.
Donna has been in practice for 15 years, she joined NCVG in 2008 and quickly realised that her area of interest was anaesthesia and surgical nursing. After having some time off with children she returned and gladly accepted the role of senior surgical nurse. She is responsible for running the sometimes very busy daily procedures list, coordinating nurses and ensuring everything is running smoothly. She is about to start studying for her certificate in anaesthesia. At home she is kept busy by her children and dogs, she enjoys family life along with socialising, travelling and fundraising.
Lucy has been working in local veterinary practices for over 20 years and qualified as an RVN in 2006, joining Newnham Court in 2011. Her primary area of interest has always been in clinical nursing, so she was thrilled to be offered the position of senior clinics nurse, and thrives on client interaction and advising on their pets’ healthcare requirements. Lucy is kept busy running weekly puppy parties and training other junior nurses to run clinics of their own. At home, Lucy has 3 dogs and a ginger cat who thinks he’s also a dog! The majority of her spare time outside of work is spent in training her spaniels as working gundogs. In the Autumn/Winter time Lucy takes her English springer spaniel, Luna, on 3 different local shoots as a beating dog for pheasants. Hopefully the new Cocker Spaniel puppy Cedar will be joining her in a years’ time (if he behaves himself!)
Rachel worked as a full time member of our nursing team before specialising her skills to become one of our dedicated laboratory nurses in 2002. In 2011 she gained her European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies Nurses Certificate in Laboratory Techniques.
Rachel has always enjoyed having an active role in training student veterinary nurses. She currently co-ordinates our training team supporting our clinical coaches, and helps the student nurses develop their skills.
Rachel has a busy life outside of work with two children and several outdoor pursuits. She lives near the coast and is lucky enough to be able to fulfil her love of open water swimming. She also enjoys running and fell walking, and recently completed the 198 miles of Wainwrights Coast to Coast walk.
At home and not to be forgotten is Rachel’s very lazy rescue cat Ellie.
I am new to the Newnham Court nursing team and have been qualified for just over one year. I studied at the Royal Veterinary College for three years and graduated with an Fdsc in Veterinary Nursing in 2014. In June this year I volunteered in Thailand with a charity called ‘Care for Dogs’ which involved neutering and vaccinating thousands of stray dogs. My passion is with anaesthesia and critical care. I hope to one day in the near future obtain a certificate in this field.
Sarah Jane qualified as a VN in 1998 from the Royal Veterinary College. With over 18 years experience in practice she joined us at Newnham Court in 2008. Sarah Jane’s special interest in in-patient care as well as emergency and critical care nursing saw her make the move into weekend day work part time for our emergency service. Away from Newnham Court Sarah-Jane also works part time for one of our subscribing practices and is kept busy with her family, including her 2 young sons and rescue dog Rosie.
Hannah has been nursing since 1988 and has a great number of experiences under her belt. These include time spent in Australia working in an orthopaedic referral clinic, and working in small and large animal practice as a locum in surrounding counties. Hannah qualified as a VN in 1996 and joined the NCVH nursing team in 2004 working part time within our out of hours service on Saturdays and Sundays. Hannah gained her certificate in emergency and critical care in 2013 and enjoys continuous professional development. Hannah has a particular interest in nursing wildlife, often taking sick and injured wildlife home to nurse, this along with her chickens, Labrador and twin daughters keep Hannah very busy.
Jody started as a nursing auxiliary at Newnham Court in 2004 before progressing to a student nurse in 2007. Since qualifying in 2009 Jody has within the emergency and referral departments as a PETS emergency nurse and in the continuous care nursing role. Since the birth of her second daughter Jody has been working with the Newnham Court nursing team as a day nurse, and is continuing to work towards achieving the certificate in emergency and critical care. Jody enjoys time out of work spent with her family and loves to bake, often being called upon by her colleagues to make fantastic birthday and celebration cakes.
Anna has been working at Newnham Court since September 2011 and qualified as registered veterinary nurse in January 2015. She is enjoying life as a qualified nurse (without all the essays and exams) and loves that every day is an opportunity to learn something new. Before working at Newham Court Veterinary hospital, Anna worked at the Leybourne RSPCA re-homing centre, she found the role very rewarding but sometimes a bit of an emotional roller coaster working with animals that suffered cruelty. Anna is passionate about animal welfare and the importance of educating people to improve animal welfare in the future. She enjoys all aspects of her job and co-runs the puppy parties which we hold here at the practice. Anna has a number of rescue animals including 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 house rabbits and a tortoise. In her spare time she enjoys walking with her partner Ed, friends and a pack of dogs; especially if there is a pub lunch en route!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my partner, walking our two rescue dogs Toby and buzz and spending time with family and friends. I also love days out with our god daughter and am a keen horse rider.