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Nursing Managers

Donna Maynard

RVN - Head Nurse

Donna joined Newnham Court 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. At home she is kept busy by her children and dogs, she enjoys family life along with socialising, travelling and fundraising.  


Hannah Young

RVN - Deputy Nursing Manager

I qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2008 and have worked in both mixed practice and referral, I have also lectured in Veterinary nursing at Canterbury College. I have a particular interest in nutrition and the care of hospitalised patients and have completed my NCert in Small Animal Nutrition. I have been at Newnham Court since 2017, and in my current role as Deputy Nursing Manager since 2019. I am proud to work at such a fantastic hospital with such a great group of amazing colleagues. I enjoy our diverse caseload and the opportunity to work towards continuing clinical excellence.

Kayleigh Usher

RVN - Deputy Nursing Manager

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.

Becky Whitethread

BSc CVN Dip AVN (small animal) Dip HE CVN RVN Clinical Floor 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.. In her spare time, Becky is kept busy running around after her son Max and a 3 legged cat Henry and her black labrador Jack.


Suzan Girgin

RVN  Clinical Floor Manager

I started working for Newnham Court Vets in 2015. After working as a Teacher for 5 years and travelling for 1year, I decided it was time to follow my dreams and become a veterinary nurse. Although this job is the most mentally, physically and emotionally draining job I have ever had, I wouldn't and couldn't imagine myself doing anything else. I have 2 dogs at home who are my world; I will always have a special place in my heart for Shih-Tzus. 

Nursing Team

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 Ncert (E&Cc)

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 she completed her certification in emergency and critical care in 2016.  Amy became one of our evening pets supervisors in 2016, but following birth of her first daughter moved back to the Newnham Court day team in 2021 and covers weekend work as an OOH Emergency care Nurse at the weekends

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.


Sallyann Floyd

RVN Continuous Care Nurse

Sallyann qualified as a registered veterinary nurse at the Royal Veterinary College in 2015; she joined the continuous care team here at Newnham Court in 2017. Sallyann has always had a strong interest in working with animals from a young age and she kept horses as a child. She has a personal interest in emergency and critical care as she believes it can be extremely rewarding seeing her patients progress and recover. In her spare time Sallyann enjoy's reading and hiking.

Charlene Cooper


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.

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Lucy Head

RVN Senior Clinics Nurse

Lucy has been working in local veterinary practices for over 25 years and joined Newnham Court in 2011. Her primary area of interest has always been clinical nursing, so she was thrilled to take on the role of Senior Clinics Nurse, which meant she could combine her love of animals with advising clients on how to best care for their pets. At home Lucy has two spaniels that she trains and works on different shoots throughout the winter as working gun dogs. She is especially passionate about the health and welfare of gun dog breeds, whether working or not. She also has a ginger cat, Oliver, who thinks of himself as an honorary dog! 

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 so is lucky enough to be able to fulfil her love of open water swimming and recently swam the English Channel as part of a relay team. She also enjoys cycling and walking her dog Flo

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 a rescue cat called Molly. 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. 


Hannah Pearson

RVN VN cert ECC cert anaes

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 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.

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Helen Metland

 Fdsc VN

Helen qualified as a registered veterinary nurse with a Fdsc degree from the Royal Veterinary College of London in 2014. She has been with us not long after qualifying back in 2014 and has an interest in emergency critical care and internal medicine. She has gained a certificate in emergency critical care and also in leadership & management. She previously was one of our critical care nurses doing out of hours and weekends but has recently come back to our first opinion team. Since joining our first opinion team Helen has become a clinical coach which involves training our students to become competent qualified nurses!


Chloe Greenwood


Chloe qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse in 2019 and joined Newnham Court Vets in 2020. Chloe has a particular interest in the surgical field and also the nursing and care of geriatric patients. Chloe has also gained a certificate in Oral Care Nursing. In her spare time Chloe enjoys long country walks with her partner and dog Milo, having cuddles with her cat Katie and watching her chickens free range to their heart’s content in the garden.

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Aimee Sviksa-Bray 

RVN Continuous Care Nurse

I have been with Newnham Court since early 2017 when I joined the continuous care and out of hours team. I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College with a BSc in Veterinary Nursing and have since gone on to get a certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. I’ve always enjoyed the challenges that working out of hours provides and being able to nurse more complex cases. I have two rescues cats, Roux and Bowie


Bethany Malkin


Beth has now qualified as veterinary nurse; she started as an auxiliary and worked hard for two years until she got the student position. Beth has always wanted to work with animals and enjoys caring for all types of inpatients. Beth also loves all types of cheese. 

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Keelin Cook


Keelin has been visiting Newnham Court for a few years carrying out work experience within the nursing team. As she was so keen to work with animals, she gained more experience as an auxiliary, before becoming a student nurse. Keelin is now a qualified veterinary nurse. She particularly loves boxer dogs.


Laura Greer

Student VN


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Ellie Hutchinson



Claire Camilleri



Michelle Wicks


Michelle Qualified as an RVN in 2007 in Surrey, shortly after she moved to Kent and started nursing at Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital. After gaining valuable experience she joined the out of hours and emergency team in 2010 and was involved in the development of the Continuous Care team. During this time she gained a Certificate in Emergency and Critical care. After having her daughter in 2015 she currently works part time as a day nurse covering all areas of veterinary nursing


Emily Campbell



Alice Williams



Emily Fairhurst



Gemma Abbitt


I started working at Newnham Court in 2015 when I took a job as a patient care assistant for my 'gap year' and somehow I'm still here all these years later! I qualified as an RVN in 2019 and went on to top up my qualification to an Honours degree afterwards. Emergency and critical care is my favourite aspect of veterinary nursing and I feel very fortunate to be working as part of such a fantastic emergency out of hour's team. When I'm not at work or recovering from my night shifts, I enjoy being outside running, riding and surfing or travelling to places with a bit more sunshine than the UK!


Alpha Johnson

Student Veterinary Nurse


Ellie Pyart

Student Veterinary Nurse

Patient Care Assistants

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Hannah Eaton


Hannah has been at Newnham court since 2017 when she started as a receptionist but has since joined the nursing team to start a new career as an auxiliary nurse.

Before starting work at Newnham court, she worked as a florist for 10 years.

Hannah absolutely loves her new role and is looking forward to learning everything she needs to know to give all your pets the best possible care.

She has lots of animals at home, 3 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs, 2 large dogs and gold fish.

She also enjoys horse riding, dog walking and dog training in her spare time.

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Chanel Cook

PCA / Receptionist

I started working here as PCA and will be qualifying in 2024.  I enjoy the opportunities to be involved with emergency situations that come with working here and making a difference to the animals that we see every day.  I hope to go on to work in wildlife or nursing in conservation and have volunteered in conservation with elephants and rhinos.  Pangolins and sloths are on my list of animals I really want to work with next


Tanya Harvey


I have been working at Newnham court and PETS since the start of February 2022 as an auxiliary nurse and have a total now of eleven years of patient care experience at vet practices
I have always enjoyed being "Auntie" to the animals
before working in the veterinary industry I have worked in a boarding kennels and at a stables and enjoyed time at Hadlow College during animal management course. 
In my spare time I love going on outings, anything ranging from scenic dog walks to city breaks
and the saying I am most likely to use and follow is "But first... coffee


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Caroline Wakeman



Mollie King



Katie Bradshaw


I have worked with animals for over 10 years now, from falconry to zoo work to now being a PCA. Working in the veterinary industry has always been a fascination of mine, with the hopes to one day delve into the world of avian and exotics.


Leanna Powell


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Lizzie Carter


Lizzie has been at Newnham Court since December 2022 when she began as a part time receptionist and weekend PCA. In August 2023, she joined the nursing team permanently as a full time auxiliary nurse.

Before working at Newnham Court, Lizzie was a primary school teacher and also worked in the court service and university admissions. But she has no regrets about changing career to pursue her dream of working with animals!
Lizzie enjoys caring for all types of pets at Newnham Court, but especially rabbits as she has 3 mini-lops at home: George, Willow and rescue Marble. When her house bunnies aren’t keeping her on her toes, in her spare time Lizzie also enjoys cooking, trips to the theatre, travelling and keeping fit at Zumba classes

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