Veterinary Team

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Jon Camilleri

Clinical Director - BVSc CertSAM MRCVS

​Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine

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).

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Mark Fosbery

Clinical Director - BSc (Hons) BVMS MRCVS

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.

Dave Cocker

MA VetMB GPCert (SAP) MRCVS

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.

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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.