Clinical Directors

 Sharon Marsh - BVetMed MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical Director
 Sharon joined Cinque Ports Vets in 1993 as a new Graduate initially working at our 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.



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 on the JMB Measuring panel and is a local authority riding school inspector. Howard spends part of his time advising several well-known 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 & directors, 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 is a JMB Official measurer and 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.



Small Animal Vets

Richard Williams - BVetMed, MRCVS - Senior Veterinary Surgeon 
With deep familial ties in the Rye area, Richard originally came to the Practice even before his qualification which was in 1983. Richard worked in several practices including a period in specialist equine work all over the world before returning to his roots and joining the Practice in 1989. Richard quickly became a director, and has continued to devote all his efforts to the development of the Practice. Richard has been at the heart of the development of the Practice for many years.  In 2001 he led the way on the development of Kingsnorth Surgery and since then was integral to the joining of forces with Milbourn Equine and the development of our clinic in Sevington.  Richard continues to enjoy most of all contact with his clients and patients alike. Richard lives locally with his wife and four children.  In his spare time he enjoys swimming and sailing along with lifelong interests in architecture and photography.




Vanessa Martin - BVM&S.MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Vanessa graduated in 1991 from Edinburgh. She began practicing in Yorkshire and then in the local area in 1996, joining us at Kingsnorth in September 2004. She to is kept busy by her family and pets, with a passion for riding and competing.



Jillian Hall - B.VetMed.CertAVP (VetGP )MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon

Jillian graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2004. She has practiced in the local area since then, joining our Kingsnorth branch in 2009. Jillian gained her certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice in 2012, inspired by her particular interest in surgery. 




Esther Masso - MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Esther joined us in February 2009 and is based predominantly at our Tenterden surgery. Esther has been working in Kent for over 10 years following qualifying in 1994, and has an interest in Acupuncture.



Heather Williams

Jenny Murrell - BVetMed.MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Jenny graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2010. Jenny joined our Kingsnorth branch in 2012 and divides her time between our Kingsnorth and Wye branches. In her spare time she enjoys photography with her fiancé, Andy and also horse riding. 




Sorrel Proctor

Mark Neall - BVSc CertVC CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine - Veterinary Surgeon
Mark graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2004. He enjoys all aspects of his work and has obtained RCVS post graduate certificates in both cardiology and small animal medicine. Mark lives in Ashford with his family, two cats, a tortoise and tropical fish, and in his spare time enjoys fishing, gardening and astronomy. Having initially joined our Kingsnorth branch in 2010, Mark rejoined us in 2014.



Yohann Glennie - BVetMed MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Yohann qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2002 , and has been working in practices in Manchester, London and Kent since.  He enjoys all aspects of caring for animals. When not working , he enjoys spending time with his young daughter, energetic Springer Spaniel and adventurous cat, as well as cycling and rowing when time permits!





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.




Abigail Waddington - BVM BVS MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Abi graduated from Nottingham University in 2016 and joined the Kingsnorth team in 2017 after working elsewhere in Kent for a year. She is particularly interested in gastroenterology (the digestive system). Abi lives in Faversham and in her spare time she enjoys cooking and playing rugby for Ashford Ladies.





 James Mursell - BVM BVS MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon 

James joined the practice in August 2017 after qualifying as a veterinary surgeon at Nottingham University. James is very active enjoying rugby, riding and cycling in his spare time.  He has a love of African wildlife and one of his ambitions is to become involved with African wildlife both from a veterinary and conservation point of view.






    George Miller - BVSc MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
    George graduated from Bristol University in 2007 and joined our Lydd branch in 2018. In his
    spare time he is kept busy with his children and two Labrador dogs.







    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.






Heather WilliamsRichard Best - BVMS MRCVS - Veterinary Surgeon
Richard graduated from Glasgow in 1984. He began his veterinary career in a mixed practice in South Wales moving to Ashford, where he has practiced for over 20 years. Richard joined the team at Kingsnorth in 2009, taking a sabbatical in 2011. He now provides holiday cover for Cinque Ports Vets and in his semi retirement he has a particular interest in Arctic culture, having travelled around Greenland and Arctic Canada.




Karren Casswell

Karen Casswell - BVScBSc CertVOphthal MRCVS - Consultant Ophthalmologist

Karen provides our ophthalmology service at all surgeries by special appointment. Karen holds the RCVS certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology and has treated a wide range of complex problems in domestic pets, horses and alpacas for us.





Elise Robertson - BS BVetMed MACVSc (Feline) DipABVP(Feline) MRCVS -
American Board Certified Specialist Feline Practice

Elise graduated cum laude from Colorado State University with a BSc in Biological
Sciences/Anatomy & Neurophysiology. She relocated to the UK in 1998 to study
veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She
graduated with honours in 2003 and instead of moving back to the USA, she ended up
staying permanently in the UK! She was later awarded Membership ANZCVSc
(Feline) in 2008 and Diplomate status from the American Board of Veterinary
Practitioners (ABVP) in 2012. She is one of three American Board Certified
Specialists in Feline Practice in Europe. She currently operates a visiting feline
referral and endoscopy consultancy service for veterinary practices in SE England.
Her professional interests include medical endoscopy and endosurgery ('keyhole
surgery'). She's received her formal training, from both veterinary and human
consultant surgeons in the USA, Germany, France, and the UK. In her spare time, she
enjoys playing the cello, travelling, running events (10K + half marathons), and

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