First Opinion 

Veterinary Surgeons

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.

Joanna Bednarska


Joanna qualified in Poland in 2006, soon after, she took on a small animal vet position at the practice she had been helping at, and gaining her practical experience as a veterinary student in.

After completing her doctoral thesis, Joanna decided to move to the UK, along with her husband.  During the last 6 years she has been working in a busy, small animal practice in Wales and just recently has moved to Kent.

Her professional interests include; internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, critical care, dentistry and surgery. 

Over the last few years she has been taking part in voluntary neutering clinics, helping stray dogs and cats in Greece. 

In her spare time Joanna can be found exploring countryside together with her husband and their Gordon Setter. 

Sabine Kretschmer

Sabine qualified as a vet from Giessen in Germany, her home country, and following this had a very enjoyable time as a mixed practice vet (horses, farm animals and small animals) for 3 years, mainly in Germany.

She moved to the UK in December 2002. Here Sabine worked in and explored different parts of the country (Cambridgeshire, Devon and Suffolk)  to start with, before settling in Kent in 2005 where she has been focusing on a small animal practice, including 6 years of emergency / out-of hour work.

Whilst interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery she gained a further qualification in veterinary ophthalmology in 2011.

Sabine is delighted to be part of the Newnham Court Vet Group and values their high standards and the lovely and resourceful team.

Outside work her favourite things to do are rock climbing and sea kayaking.

Helen Groves-De-Milleret


Having qualified from Edinburgh in 1987, I moved to Kent and have worked in the Garden of England ever since.  I describe myself as a companion animal general practitioner with interests in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, pain relief and rabbits.  I gained a Cert AVP (Certificate of Advanced Veterinary Practice) in 2016, concentrating mainly on soft tissue surgery and am considering studying for a similar level post grad qualification in small animal dentistry (when I can face yet more exams).

I live with my long suffering husband and son with a motley collection of pre-loved animals ranging from Sid the sheep to Hades the Leopard gecko.  In my free time I enjoy designing and stitching cross stitch samplers, making stained glass and long distance walking (I'm not built for speed!).

Giulia Baldoni


Giulia qualified from Bologna University (Italy) in 2013 and after working as a small animal vet in Italy for a couple of years, she decided to move to the UK in 2016. Since then she has been living here in Kent, enjoying the ‘Garden of England’ and working full time as a small animal vet surgeon.

Her main interests are neurology, emergency-critical care, surgery and internal medicine.

In her free time she loves practicing yoga, travelling and visiting relatives (and her beloved family dog) back in Italy.

Alex Mullany


Alex graduated in 2016 from the University of Nottingham and joined the team at Newnham in May 2018. His main interests are in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery. In his spare time you will find him outside doing anything adventurous including playing rugby for his local club and snowboarding.


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