Ashford & CANTERBURY Team

Clinical Directors


Howard Newitt
Howard Newitt - BVetMed, CertEP, MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice

Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director

Howard qualified in 1995 and attained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Practice in 2000. Howard is an FEI listed vet for both eventing and reining. As a keen rider regularly taking part in eventing and bloodhounding, Howard has a particular interest in problems of the performance horse. Howard is a local authority riding school inspector and spends part of his time advising insurance brokers and underwriters.



David McDonald
David McDonald - BVM&S, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director

David graduated from the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh before joining Cinque Ports Veterinary Group in Rye.  Following an 18 month term there he completed an internship at Rossdales & Partners, Newmarket where he was responsible for admission and management of critically ill hospital patients, general anaesthesia and lameness diagnosis.  David returned to Kent as an assistant to Peter Cantor before purchasing Milbourn Equine in 2004.  David  was a Senior Veterinary Surgeon at Folkestone Racecourse until its closure in December 2012. Outside work David keeps himself busy managing his menagerie of horses, dogs and cats with his wife Anna and children Maddie & Archie.



Sharon Marsh - BVet Med MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director
Sharon joined Cinque Ports Vets in 1993 as a new Graduate initially working at our Rye and Lydd branches. Sharon developed her interests in small animal medicine and surgery and in 2009 became a Director of Cinque Ports Vets and Milbourn Equine. She is responsible for all our small animal branches.
In her spare time Sharon and her husband Simon enjoy spending time with their two sons Will and Ed. Sharon enjoys sailing her laser from Rye Harbour sailing club with the family, surfing and walking her dogs Fred and Lottie.



Equine Vets



Sarah Emptage
Sarah Emptage - BVetMed, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Sarah graduated from London University in 1995, after which she spent 10 years working in a busy large animal practice in Kent.  Sarah joined Milbourn Equine in October 2005. Sarah has a particular interest in Emergency medicine and conditions of the geriatric horse. When not working, Sarah enjoys riding, singing, gardening and spending time with her 3 boys Henry, William and James and walking her dog Digby. Sarah is also Akela of her local cub pack.





Katie Preston - BVSc, MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon
Following graduation from Liverpool university in 2011, Katie spent a few months working in an equine charity hospital in Egypt treating the working horses of Luxor and on her return spent a year working in mixed practice on Exmoor. Having grown up in Cranbrook , she spent some time seeing practice here at Milbourn Equine as a student and when the opportunity arose she joined us in February 2013.
As a keen event rider she has a particular interest in sport horse medicine alongside lameness and reproduction. Outside of work her time is taken up riding and competing her eventers and entertaining her Cocker Spaniel, Taz.



Harriet Fairhurst - BSc(Hons) BVetMed MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Harriet joined Milbourn Equine in 2016 after completing two degrees, Bioveterinary Science & Veterinary Medicine, both at The Royal Veterinary College. She has been involved in lots of research projects - most recently researching how acupuncture can treat lameness. Harriet's hobbies include riding (hunting, eventing and playing polo), running, walking her rescue lurcher Flash and entertaining. Her academic interests include surgery and internal medicine, which was fuelled by spending a month at Rossdales. Additionally she has a huge interest in donkey medicine. 




Amy Baskerville - BVSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Amy qualified in 2005 from Liverpool University and went straight into equine practice in North Wales.  She subsequently spent time in equine and mixed practice in North Wales and Kent, having moved back south in 2014.  Amy was very excited to join Milbourn in September 2016 having settled happily in the area with her family. 
Amy comes from a thoroughly equestrian background having being plonked on a pony before she could walk! She primarily enjoyed eventing before heading off to Vet school, inspired by her father who is also an equine vet. She can now be found trotting about the roads close to where she lives getting her big bay ‘Bobby’ fit for hunting. This, her dedication to her equine patients, being Mum to two boys Charles and Henry and walking and running with her crazy spaniel ‘Otto’ is keeping her busy!


    Sanne Minnema - MSc MRCVS

Veterinary Surgeon

   Sanne qualified from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2015. During her studies she       did a few projects with working horses and street animals in The Gambia & Ecuador. Following         graduation, Sanne started working as an intern in Berkshire with Chiltern Equine Clinic after
  which she joined us at Milbourn in November 2016. Sanne enjoys all aspects of Equine veterinary    medicine and outside of work she loves riding, mainly show jumping and eventing, and travelling.




   Matteo Mucciante - MRCVS

   Veterinary Surgeon

   Matteo graduated in 2015 from the University of Perugia in Italy. He then moved to the UK where,     after a 7 month externship, he completed a year's internship at the Hambleton Equine Clinic in         North Yorkshire. In October 2017 he left the Yorkshire moors for the more continental weather of       Kent and joined Milbourn Equine. His main interests are internal medicine, reproduction,                   lameness and dentistry. When not working he enjoys football, cooking, travelling, swimming and       fishing, but in the warm seas of Italy!



Group Practice Manager

Rita Dingwall

Sarah Startup

Group Practice Manager
Sarah has worked in veterinary practice since 1989 as a Receptionist.  Sarah joined our small animal sister company Cinque Ports Vets in 2001, becoming Branch Manager in 2007 and Group Practice Manager of  Milbourn Equine & Cinque Ports Vets  in 2016.  She is assisted in her office by Izzy her rescue terrier.



Nursing Team 

Rachel Hayes

Rachel has had horses all her life and began working with horses as soon as she left school. She has worked at livery, competition and buying and selling yards. Rachel also has experience in backing, breaking and breeding horses. She has competed under British Showjumping rules up to 1.3m and hopes to continue doing this in her spare time on her own horse Whisper. Rachel also loves spending time with her dog Diesel, who is usually always by her side .




Leanne Batten

Leanne started an apprenticeship in horse care and then took this knowledge to Australia where she began working as a polo groom. Now back in the UK she wants to continue working with horses and joined us in 2016. In her spare time Leanne enjoys walking her dogs and doing DIY at home.



Leanna Powell

Leanna joined us in 2017 as a Clinic Assistant. She has had horses for over 20 years with experience dealing with all aspects such as competing and showing at local riding clubs. After finishing school, Leanna's passion for horses lead her to horse/NVQ studies, progressing into small animal studies to expand further. In early 2016 she took the opportunity to own an ex-racehorse called Tibberton Tara who she is currently retraining with the desire to get back into competing with and developing into the art of dressage. Leanna's spare time is spent with Tara and also her three dogs Angel, Bonnie and Fern who she also practices her other interest of dog grooming on!


Office Team 

Marion Giles


              Marion Giles

              Branch Manager

              Marion has worked for Milbourn Equine since 2010, firstly as an equine receptionist,                   then Marion accepted the role of Branch Manager in January 2013. She heads up a                   strong team and is always willing to help our clients with a very positive view to life.                     When not working, Marion is a keen gardener and has an interest in DIY. She also                       looks after her cats, dogs, horses, children & husband - in that order!


Frankie Hann


Frankie Hann 


Frankie manages our accounts department and is always available to deal with queries over insurance issues or statements.  She has worked for Milbourn since 1995 and having been born and bred locally is a font of knowledge of the local area.  Frankie loves horse racing and is a dedicated supporter of local point to points and can frequently been seen stewarding at Hunter Trials and Horse Shows.




Sue Baldock


Sue has worked in a veterinary environment for 19 years and joined our team in 2015. In her spare time Sue enjoys Carriage driving and competes locally with her coloured cob Cookie. Sue also has 2 other ponies and 2 Border Collies, Buzz and Wizz who keep her very busy. Sue also breeds Birman cats.


Rachael Clark


Rachael joined our team in February 2017. Rachael has had horses for over 20 years and enjoyed competing for her local riding club mainly in showjumping and eventing with her horse Vogue. Vogue qualified for the nationals championship eventing at the grand age of 22 and finished 5th! Rachael has worked with racehorses gaining her NVQ2 in racehorse care and management. After a riding accident in 2015 Rachael has been working as a receptionist at her local riding school. Her passion for horses and skills in the reception environment led her to join our team here at Milbourn.


Sonia Tutt


Sonia joined our team in November 2010. Family is important so she enjoys travelling the length and breadth of the Country with her girls and their ponies to mounted games competitions.


Client Care


Small Animal Clinics