Lydd Team

Find out more about our team of vets, nurses and support team who work at Lydd Veterinary Surgery.

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 is kept busy by her family and pets, with a passion for riding and competing.

Emma Baker – BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Emma joined us in 2018 and divides her time between our Lydd and Kingsnorth branches.

 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.

Melanie Jones-Branch Manager

Melanie began nursing at our Rye branch in 1984.  She moved to our Kingsnorth branch when it opened in 2001 and after many happy years there she moved to our Tenterden branch in 2014 to oversee project development. In her spare time Melanie enjoys gardening, walking, reading and caring for her cats and 2 tortoises George and Satnav.

Natasha Keep – RVN ISFM Cert FN- Head Veterinary Nurse

Natasha joined our Practice in 1993 and attained a lifelong ambition and qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2009.  Natasha takes an interest in all aspects of her work but is particularly interested in dentistry. Natasha has also completed a certificate in Feline Friendly Nursing.

Jessica Hutchens -RVN- Veterinary Nurse

Jessica has always wanted to be a veterinary nurse from a very young age and began nursing in 2005. Jessica qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009 and joined our Lydd branch in 2013. Her spare time is spent looking after her children, her two cats Tilly and Winston and her guinea pigs.

Julie Macey – Head Receptionist

Julie joined the surgery in January 2009 and has 13 years experience in veterinary nursing and working as a veterinary receptionist. Julie has a keen interest in canine behaviour and qualified with a credit in intermediate canine psychology through the Animal Care College at Ascot.  Julie spends most weekends competing at agility shows across the South East.

Sandra Collins – Receptionist

Sandra has been at Lydd since 1989 when it first opened and was also involved in the opening of our surgery at Kingsnorth.
Sandra has a special interest in tortoises and currently has three in residence that she rescued. Throughout her career she has also been involved in the rehoming of many dogs.

 Carol Rose – Receptionist

Carol joined our Lydd branch in 2018, having previously worked at our Tenterden and Kingsnorth branches. Carol is kept busy in her spare time with her dog Bailey who loves walks on the beach and her cat Stan…who is the boss!


Joanne Buss – Receptionist

Joanne has worked in veterinary practice since 1993 where she nursed until the birth of her son in 2003. She returned to work as a Receptionist in 2004 and joined our Tenterden branch in 2009. Her spare time is taken up with looking after her two children, assisting on the family farm and looking after her pets.