Get to know the veterinary professionals who’ll be caring for your beloved pet


Nigel Davies
BVSc MMedVet(Med) CertVD GPCert (EM&S) MRCV
Animals of all kinds have always been very close to my heart, although truthfully I prefer to be a healthy distance from snakes. Growing up in South Africa, my childhood ambition was to become a game ranger, and live a carefree life in the wild open veldt.   At the age of 11, however, after realising that snakes and game rangers meet quite often, my new goal was to become a veterinarian to help sick dogs and cats get better. This amused my parents greatly as I reliably fainted at the sight of blood. Certain that my squeamish nature would force me into an arguably less bloody career (like Law), my Mom arranged for me to spend a day at our local veterinary practice when I turned 13.   The rest, as they say, is history – I spent every afternoon after school and most school holidays at Dr. Frost’s Veterinary Hospital seeing practice, and working there as a receptionist/dogsbody every weekend.

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.

Martin Smith
BVSc MMedVet(Med) CertVD GPCert (EM&S) MRCV
I was born in Weymouth, Dorset and my family moved to Warrington in the north-west when I was six. I went to grammar school in Manchester and was set to become a marine biologist, being mad keen on all things fishy. However, the James Herriot books and seeing practice at the local vets changed all that and I qualified from the Royal “Dick” in Edinburgh in 1983.

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.

Mark Fosbery
I was born and brought up in west London. My birth was within the sound of Bow Bells so technically I am a London Cockney. I went to school in Palace Street in Victoria, not far from Buckingham Palace, although never did get an invitation to tea. From a very early age I was fascinated by animals, and by 11 had decided that I wanted to be a vet. This kept me motivated for my O and A levels. I also spent my Saturdays seeing practice at a nearby veterinary surgery. I was fortunate enough to get a place at Glasgow University, and left there as a qualified vet in 1989. During the veterinary course I undertook a second degree, gaining a 1st class Honours degree in Physiology.

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.

Jon Camilleri
I was born in Kent to an English mother and Maltese father, hence the unusual surname Camilleri which is as common as ‘Smith’ in Malta! Apart from residing in Kuwait when very young and in Bristol during my university days I have always lived in Kent.

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 Cocker

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.

Sabine Kretschmer
CertVOphthal MRCVS
Niamh O'Connor
First Opinion Veterinary Surgeon
Niamh graduated from University College Dublin in 2014 with a degree in veterinary medicine after gaining previous degrees in bio-science and conservation. Her main interests include soft tissue surgery and internal medicine.

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.

Daniela Cortiana
Joanna Bednarska
Alex Mullany
Helen Groves-De-Milleret


Nicola Beaney
Continuous Care Veterinary Surgeon
Nicola graduated from Bristol University with honors in 2009. Since then she has been working in small animal practice in London and Hertfordshire. She has a special interest in critical care and internal medicine and is a RCVS Accredited Advanced Practitioner In Small Animal Medicine.

Nicola shares her home with an ever expanding menagerie of animals including her furry dog son Jackson, 2 naughty Savannah cats, and an aviary of lovebirds and chickens. In her spare time she enjoys pilates, walking, and dog agility.

Rachel Lofts
Continuous Care Veterinary Surgeon
Rachel graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2010 and spent two years in mixed practice before becoming a small animal only vet.

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.


Anna Czarnecka
Nicola Roach BVSc GPCert (EM&S) MRCVS
Emergency Veterinary Surgeon

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.

John Bence-Burak MRCVS
Emergency Veterinary Suregon
John qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1997 from the Royal Veterinary Collage and has been working in small animal practice since. He joined us as a locum at our out of hours service PETS and went on to join us full time in 2008.
Davide Sciannimanico PhD
Emergency Veterinary Surgeon

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. 

Helen Armstrong BVM&S MRCVS
Emergency Veterinary Surgeon
Stefan Popescu MRCVS
Emergency Veterinary Surgeon

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 Barham
Dip AVN (Medical) RVN – Nursing Manager
Gemma first started nursing in 1999 and qualified as a RVN in 2002. After some years in general practice Gemma moved into medical referral work in 2005 and gained the Advanced Veterinary Nursing Diploma in small animal medicine in 2008. She remained in specialist veterinary medicine until 2014 when she joined Newnham court as deputy nursing manager.

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.

Charlene Cooper
RVN Deputy Nursing Manager
Charlene started work at Newnham Court in 2003 as a nursing auxiliary; she became a student veterinary nurse in 2007 and qualified in 2009. Since then, Charlene made an impressive progression from nurse to nursing manager.

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 Whitethread
BSc CVN Dip AVN (small animal) Dip HE CVN RVN - Deputy Nursing Manager
Becky qualified in 2005 at a large general practice in the local area. Upon qualifying, she moved straight into referral nursing, working within the surgical, medical and ophthalmic teams. She has completed her Advanced Nursing Diploma and Degree in clinical Veterinary Nursing. Becky spent some time lecturing student veterinary nurses at a local college before joining Newnham Court in August 2014.

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.

Hannah Young
Amy Thorne
I have been a qualified veterinary nurse for 12 years and have worked for NCVH for 18 months now. In work I enjoy all aspects of veterinary nursing but particularly like scrubbing in for surgical procedures. Out of work I’m a keen runner, cook and dog Walker to my 13
year old jack Russell Ronnie. I also have a 2 year old daughter called Florrie who keeps me on my toes!
Amy Sanders
RVN Continuous Care Nurse

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.

Amy Veale
RVN PETS Evening Nurse
Amy qualified in October 2010 and joined Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital nursing team as a full time day nurse in 2011. Here Amy worked hard to build her experience and knowledge in all areas of nursing, whilst developing a special interest in surgical and emergency and critical care nursing. In 2013 Amy joined the continuous care team and hasn’t looked back, she is planning on starting her anaesthesia certificate in October 2015 following her wedding in September.
Victoria Hambrook
RVN Continuous Care Nurse

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 Poole
RVN Continuous Care Nurse

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.

Sallyann Floyd
Michelle Wicks
RVN Continuous Care Nurse
Michelle qualified in 2007 while working at a practice in Hampshire, later that year she moved to Kent to join Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital as a full time day nurse. Michelle developed an interest in emergency and critical care nursing and began working weekend and night shifts for PETS. In 2011 Michelle was actively involved in the setting up and development of the continuous care department and team and went on to achieve the certificate in anaesthesia.

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 Rothberg
RVN Continuous Care Nurse

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 Rose

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 Maynard
RVN Senior Surgical Nurse

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 Head
RVN Senior Clinics Nurse

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 Jones
RVN Laboratory Nurse
Rachel qualified in 1997 from Berkshire College of Agriculture. After continuing to work in her Training Practice for several months she then joined our team at Newnham Court in 1997.

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. 

Sarah Stevenson
Sarah qualified in June 2012 whilst working at Newnham Court, a career which started in 2005 as a nursing auxiliary before progressing through student nurse training to become a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Sarah has 2 cats who were adopted from the RSPCA in 2005 and 2013 called Murphy and Rufus, both old gentleman! Outside of her nursing duties Sarah is an Assistant Brownie Leader with a group local to Maidstone one evening every other week. Sarah has developed an interest in preventative health care and progressed to become one of the clinics team and enjoys seeing regular clients and their pets but also meeting and welcoming new one to the practice.
Helen May

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 Kenwright
RVN Pets Nurse

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 Pearson
RVN VN Cert ECC – Pets Nurse

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 Love

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 Lindley

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!

Kayleigh Usher
Student VN
Kayleigh joined Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital in May 2014 as an auxiliary nurse and knew instantly she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. After gaining some valuable experience as an auxiliary nurse, she was offered the position as a student nurse, and has since begun her training. Before joining the practice, Kayleigh studied animal management for two years and then studied for a further three years to gain a degree Bsc Animal conservation and biodiversity. I have gained valuable experience in many areas of the animal industry from working with domestic, exotic and even wild animals.
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.
Suzan Girgin
Student VN
I recently joined the team here at Newnham court. I have always been surrounded by animals which ignited a passion which has been present ever since I can remember.    After working as a primary school teacher for 6 years, I decided that I had to peruse my original dream of becoming a vet nurse and am now finally on the ladder to fulfilling that dream. As well as domestic animals I also love exotics. I have volunteered for 2 UK zoos at weekends over the years which gave me the experience of handling and looking after animals from lemurs to frogs. I have also worked with marine turtles in Indonesia, living on an un-inhabited island for a month. I have 2 dogs and some frogs at home who all keep me very busy! I also love to cook and see as much of my family and friends as possible.
Emily Fairhurst
Student VN
Kelly Fitness
Student VN


Kieran Thomas
Chanel Cook
Stephanie Cordes
Laura Greer
Anneliese Heap
Keelin Cook
Chantelle Sellick


Gill Sheppard
Customer Services Manager

Gower McCarthy
Deputy Customer Services Manager
Penny Emberly

Sarah Magowan

Sarah Phillips
Helen Davies

Hollie Bennett
Lana Tribe
Hannah Eaton


Irene Solley
Financial Manager
Charlie Eldridge
Deputy Finance Manager
Debbie Maitland
Accounts Assistant
Lucy Dalligan
Administration Manager

Karen Berry
Hospital Manager Assistant

Vicky Tooze
Pharmacy Technician

Sue Alcorn
Pharmacy Technician