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).
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.
First Opinion Veterinary Surgeons
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.
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.
I am originally from Lithuania and have graduated from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in 2015 where I gained a master degree in Veterinary science. I have always wanted to be a veterinary surgeon- as I remember I was about 10 years old when I made this decision to dedicate myself to the welfare of animals and never lo
I am originally from Lithuania and have graduated from Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in 2015 where I gained a master degree in Veterinary science. I have always wanted to be a veterinary surgeon- as I remember I was about 10 years old when I made this decision to dedicate myself to the welfare of animals and never looked back since! While studying, I found myself enjoying traveling and studying at the same time- therefore I have undertaken a part in student exchange program in Turkey for about two years and after my graduation I came to UK to start my career as veterinary surgeon.
As a new grad I have worked in a small veterinary practice in Maidstone for about 3 years and in 2019 I decided to take a further step in my career and joined a lovely team of professionals in Newnham Court. I have been enjoying working here since and continuing learning new skills every day. Recently, I discovered a particular interest in veterinary dentistry, but I do enjoy soft tissue surgery as well.
Outside of work I really enjoy spending time with my beloved pets- I have two dogs and two cats. As a hobby I enjoy floristry, but also keep myself active by going for a long hike or the gym
oked back since! During my studies, I found myself enjoying traveling and studying at the same time- therefore I have undertaken a part in student exchange program in Turkey for about two years and after my graduation I came to UK to start my career as veterinary surgeon.
As a new grad I have worked in a veterinary practice in Maidstone for about 3 years and in 2019 I decided to take a further step in my career and joined a lovely team of professionals in Newnham Court. I have been enjoying working here since and continuing learning new skills every day. Recently, I discovered a particular interest in veterinary dentistry, but I do enjoy soft tissue surgery as well.
Outside of work I really enjoy spending time with my beloved pets- I have two dogs and two cats. As a hobby I enjoy floristry, but also keep myself active by going for a long hike or the gym.
I was born in Surrey in Kingstown upon Thames and spent my childhood growing up in Richmond, spending countless hour at Richmond Park. As a teenager I was fortunate enough to move into Scotney Castle (long story!) where I would work with the onsite ranger to perform sampling of local endangered flora and fauna.
I’m certainly did not appreciate the early hours as a teenager but, looking back now, it perpetuated my love for wildlife.
I didn’t always know exactly what I wanted to do, like most vets, but I always knew I wanted to work with animals. When I was little, I wanted to be zookeeper, as I got older, I quickly realised that what I thought a zookeeper was, and what they did, were two completely different things. While I love animals, I much preferr the ones that don’t want to eat me. At school I developed a love of science, and so, what more of a perfect job, than veterinary medicine?
I was lucky enough to study abroad at The University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice, and travel all throughout Central-Europe during my studies, snowboarding in the high Tatras, enjoying the nightlife in Budapest or exploring the rich culture of Berlin.
While studying I kept one foot in the wildlife sector and volunteered at Folly wildlife centre as well as around Scotney in the summer holidays. My interest in ecology and wildlife has always remained although taking a back seat to the more familiar household pets. In practice I have grown a special interest around dermatology and getting itchy dogs comfortable again.
Jay graduated from the RVC in 2012 and spent 3 years in mixed practice in Lincolnshire before moving on to locum around the UK. He then moved to New Zealand for 18 months to locum and travel before returning to small animal practice in the UK. He started work at Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital in June 2021 and completed his surgery certificate in the time he has been with us.
Jay has a keen interest in surgery with a particular focus on orthopaedics. He has taken over much of the orthopaedic caseload at the practice and has been particularly interested in cruciate repair procedures such as TPLOs.
Jay lives with his fiancé, baby daughter and three dogs. Outside of work he is an avid Liverpool fan much to the dismay of his other half
Emergency Veterinary Surgeons
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.
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.
MRCVS - Emergency Veterinary Surgeon
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.
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.
Sidney graduated from Ghent university in Belgium and moved to the UK a few years later. He has been working in an emergency setting for 15 years. Sidney's focus is on internal medicine, emergency and critical care and ultrasonography