The Vets

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.

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!

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.

Sophie Grant – BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Sophie graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 having completed an elective period with the Equine department. She then undertook a maternity cover in a mixed animal practice in Battle before completing the Bell Equine Internship, joining us in 2019. Her main interest is internal medicine, but she revels in the variety of equine ambulatory practice. Sophie grew up in East Sussex and was a keen member of the Pony Club tetrathlon team. Outside of work Sophie’s loves to travel, highlights include a recent trip to Japan and working on a cattle ranch in Canada as a student. She also enjoys cooking and exploring the countryside whether that’s on foot, hooves, skis or a jaunt on the family narrowboat.

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.

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.

Advanced Dentistry


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.



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