The Vets

Clinical Directors

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 – 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 – BVetMed. MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director

Sharon joined Cinque Ports Vets in 1993 as a new Graduate initially working at the 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.

Veterinary Surgeons

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

External Consultants


We are fortunate to have several orthopaedic surgeons who visit to perform a wide range of orthopaedic procedures including arthroscopy(keyhole surgery). They are also available to provide their expertise in complex lameness cases and can provide opinions on X-rays and scans.

Dr David Platt BVSc PhD CertVR DEO FRCVS is an RCVS recognised specialist in equine surgery.

Mark Murrell  BA VetMB CertES(Orth) MRCVS has an RCVS post graduate certificate in equine surgery.

Matt Smith BVetMed Dipl. ECVS DEO MRCVS has an interest in all areas of equine surgery, but with particular emphasis on orthopaedic surgery, and more specifically arthroscopy and fracture repair.

Soft Tissue Surgery

David Lloyd BVMS, CertES(Orth) DiplECVS MRCVS

David is a European specialist in equine surgery and visits us to perform respiratory and other soft tissue surgeries as well as laser surgical procedures.


Karen Casswell BSc BVSc CertVOpthal MRCVS

Karen has a post graduate qualification in ophthalmology and visits us to examine any complex ocular cases.

Tim Knott MRCVS

Tim is a specialist ophthalmologist based at the Rowe Veterinary Group in Wotton, Gloucestershire.  He provides a specialist ophthalmological surgical service including cataract surgery and cyclosporine implantation.



Lesley is an RCVS specialist in cardiology. Lesley has all portable equipment to assess all heart problems with horses.

Dr Tim Brazil BVSc CertEM(IntMed) DipECEIM MRCVS

Tim is an internal medicine specialist and offers a full range of medical services through his company “Equine Medicine on the Move”