Hawkhurst Team



Katie Cranstoun - BVetMed MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Katie qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2007. She has been working in small animal and equine practice in the area since graduation and joined Cinque Ports in 2017. Katie enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a particular interest in surgery, as well as practicing veterinary acupuncture. In her spare time she enjoys horse riding, running and spending time with her husband, their two young children and array of pets.



    Keri Holmes - BVetMed MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
    Keri qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 and has been working in small animal      practice ever since. She enjoys all aspects of general practice but has a particular interest in          abdominal ultrasonography and internal medicine and gained a certificate in small animal              medicine in 2016.  In her spare time she enjoys exercising and walking her dog ‘Olive’ who is a      Border Terrier cross.






Sarah Startup - Group Practice Manager
Sarah has worked in veterinary practice since 1989 as a Receptionist.  Sarah joined our Kingsnorth branch when it was opened in Summer 2001, becoming Branch Manager in 2007 and Group Practice Manager of Cinque Ports Vets & Milbourn Equine in 2016.  She is assisted in her office by Izzy her rescue terrier.



Lesley Hallett - Branch Manager
Lesley started with Cinque Ports at our Rye branch in 2004, also helping out at Lydd. She moved to our Hawkhurst branch in 2005 as Receptionist and became Branch Manager in 2009. Her interests include portrait painting, yoga and walking.





Natalie Pullen - RVN - Head Veterinary Nurse
Natalie began nursing in 1995 in Kent and qualified in 1999 in a London practice. There she adopted a small terrier, Crispin and spent her spare time walking in the parks and housesitting.  Starting a family brought her back to Kent, where she lives with her husband, two children, cats and guinea pigs. Natalie joined our Hawkhurst team in January 2016 and enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing. 




Fiona Andrews –RVN - Veterinary Nurse, Pet Health Counsellor.
Fiona began nursing in 2002, qualifying as a VN in 2004. She has been at Hawkhurst since 2006 and runs the Youth Club for our junior patients. Fiona gained her Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor qualification in 2009 enabling her to advise on a wide range of beneficial healthcare issues. She has two rescue cats and in her spare time enjoys horse riding, using her local gym and going to the cinema.






Megan Giles- RVN - Veterinary Nurse
Megan joined our Hawkhurst team in 2011 as a Kennel Assistant.   Megan undertook her veterinary nurse training with us and qualified in 2018. 
When not at work Megan likes to spend time with her horses Tilly and Oakley who she regularly competes.  




Catherine Oakley- Nursing/Reception Assistant
Catherine joined us here at Hawkhurst in September 2015 as a Reception/Nursing Assistant. She previously worked for a number of years at a local rehoming centre as an animal welfare assistant and dog behaviourist. Catherine has owned dogs from Wolfhounds to Chihuahuas and currently owns a Chinese Crested, Chihuahua and Precious, her 14 year old Pug. Catherine also keeps reptiles, a rabbit, guinea pig and a skinny pig, all of whom keep her very busy!






Gill Tremenheere –Receptionist
Gill joined our Hawkhurst branch in 2009.  She and her daughter enjoy looking after their rescue dog Fred, a Bearded Collie/Terrier, her main interest is making soft furnishings and she also enjoys gardening.






Heather Gibbs - Receptionist
Heather joined our Hawkhurst branch in February 2015.  She is kept busy with her three sons and  grandson.  Any spare time she has Heather likes to spend  walking her four terriers and looking after the family’s variety of horses.




    Cindy Bridges - Receptionist

    Cindy joined our team in 2017.  Cindy has previously gained experience in retail and office                  environments.  She has also owned and worked with horses, training to BHS AI level and passing      her BHS Stage 2 exam.  In her spare time, Cindy enjoys yoga and sup boarding and has a blue          belt in Brazilian Jui Jitsu.  She also has a dog and two cats.



Rachael Stooks - Personal Assistant 
Rachael  began nursing in 1998 gaining her Veterinary Nursing qualification in 2002. She joined Cinque Ports Vets in 2003 as a veterinary nurse, becoming Personal Assistant to our Directors and Group Practice Manager in 2014. Rachael is also responsible for maintaining our website and social media pages.



Trevor Jones - Maintenance Manager
Trevor began working for Cinque Ports Veterinary Group in 2011.  He works between all our branches maintaining the buildings and grounds. When not working he enjoys the occasional round of golf.



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