Hawkhurst & Rye

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.


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.

Catarina Stilwell – DVM MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Catarina graduated from the University of Lisbon in January 2017, after which she proceeded to do an internship at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Texas, USA. After finishing she returned to Portugal where she worked at Hippiatrica Equine Medical Centre, focusing mostly on the internal medicine and critical care cases, and as anaesthetist. Catarina joined our Milbourn Equine team in July 2018. Her main interests are internal medicine, anesthesia, reproduction and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work she enjoys riding, mostly dressage, reading, entertaining and spending quality time with her family and friends. She also enjoys engaging in clinical case discussions with her fiance and parents who are also veterinary surgeons.

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.

Fiona Andrews – RVN  – Veterinary Nurse

Fiona began nursing in 2002, qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2004. She has been at Hawkhurst since 2006 and regularly assists our equine vets with laboratory work and accompanying them on visits. She also controls our stock ordering system. She has two rescue cats and in her spare time enjoys horse riding, using her local gym and going to the cinema.

Louise Leggatt – Equine Receptionist

Louise joined our Hawkhurst branch in May 2007 as a Receptionist, moving to our dedicated Equine desk in October 2010. She has been involved with horses all her life, competing and hunting with her two sons, Ben and Tom.   Her spare time is taken up with her horse William, two yard cats, Sootie and Sweep, and Trev her son’s Jack Russell terrier who they share.

Claire Beck – Equine Receptionist

Claire is an experienced veterinary receptionist who joined our team in January 2015.  When not at work she enjoys long walks with rescue dogs and spending time with her friends and family.

Rosemary Hill – Equine Receptionist

Rosemary joined us in September 2011 as part of the equine team working as a receptionist. She has lived in this area for all of her life and loves to spend her spare time riding her horse Murphy in Bedgebury Forest with her dogs. She also enjoys reading, cooking and socialising with friends.

Maggie Brett – Equine Receptionist

Maggie joined us in October 2017 as part of our equine office team. Maggie is an experienced veterinary receptionist having spent many years in small animal veterinary practice. Her hobbies are mountain biking, walking huge distances with her dogs, cooking and spending time with her family.

Trevor Jones – Maintenance Manager

Trevor began working for Milbourn Equine in 2011.  He works between all our branches maintaining the buildings and grounds. When not working he enjoys the occasional round of golf.