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.
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 and has a particular interest in Emergency medicine and conditions of the geriatric horse. When not working, she 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.
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.
She comes from a thoroughly equestrian background having being plonked on a pony before she could walk! Amy 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 and being Mum to two boys Charles and Henry 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!
Danielle Johnson – BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Dani grew up in East Sussex, before leaving to study Veterinary Science at Liverpool University in 2010. After graduating, she began working at a small animal and equine practice in North Yorkshire. After three years she decided move back down to the South to be closer to family, and joined Milbourn Equine in 2018. She enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary work, with a particular interest in dentistry. In her free time she enjoys riding, netball, racquetball and cooking.
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.
Rachel Hayes – Head Nursing Assistant
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 – Nursing Assistant
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 – Nursing Assistant
Leanna joined us in 2017. 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, her 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!
Marion Giles – Branch Manager
Marion has worked for Milbourn Equine since 2010, firstly as an equine receptionist, then becoming 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 – Receptionist
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 – Receptionist
Sue has worked in a veterinary environment for 19 years and joined our team in 2015. In her spare time she 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.
Lara Pulsakowska – Receptionist
Lara joined us in October 2018 having recently moved from Hertfordshire. Lara has been around horses for more than 20 years and has been lucky enough to work on some top yards helping her gain the experience she has today. She also currently helps run a competition/breaking yard. All of her spare time is spent with her little girl Layla and out regularly competing at weekends.
Sonia Tutt – Receptionist
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.