Ashford & Canterbury

David McDonald – BVM&S, MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon and Group 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. David remains as Clinical Director following Milbourn Equine joining The Linnaeus Group in 2017.  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.

Martina Pozzoli Stamerra MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Martina graduated in 2017 from the University of Murcia in Spain. From her last period of studies until 2018 she has been gaining experience in different equine hospitals in Ireland, Belgium and Denmark. After that, she attended an internship at the University of Liège in Belgium. A road trip around the UK made her fall in love with the country and she moved to Kent to join us at Milbourn Equine. Martina loves any kind of animal but has always had a love of horses and decided to specialise in equine medicine. The areas she enjoys the most are internal medicine and reproduction. In her free time she loves travelling, cooking, hiking and spending time with her friends and family.

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.


Jenny Lawrenson – Equine Manager

Jenny joined the practice in August 2019 after working for 12 years in a mixed practice. She qualified as an RVN and became a clinical coach in 2010. After taking a break from riding and working mainly with small animals, Jenny wanted to get back in touch with the equine side. Jenny’s previous veterinary experience and love of horses makes her happy to assist with the training of the equine nursing assistants.

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!

Lara Pulsakowska – Nursing Assistant

Lara joined our nursing assistant team in 2020 after initially joining Milbourn Equine in October 2018 as a Receptionist.  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.

Frankie Hann – Equine Receptionist

Frankie manages our invoicing 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 – Equine 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.

Sonia Tutt – Equine 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.


Christine Claringbould – Equine Receptionist

Christine has been working as a receptionist in the veterinary industry since 2017 and joined our Milbourn team in 2019. Christine has been a keen rider since she was 5 years old. In her spare time Christine takes her horse Christa to local shows and looks after her German Shepherd and cat as well. 


Bethany Craigie – Equine Receptionist

Beth joined Milbourn in February 2020. From a very early age she has always loved caring for and riding horses. Beth has owned horses for a number of years which she rides and competes regularly in BSJA classes. She also enjoys eventing and dressage with her horses. Beth has experience with breaking, dealing, competing and international transportation of horses and has worked on livery yards. She also completed her BHS exams and Level 2 teach exam in her spare time whilst at The Folkestone School for Girls.