Tenterden Team

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

Esther Masso- MRCVS-Veterinary Surgeon

Esther qualified from the University of Bellaterra (Barcelona) in 1993. She came to England in 1995 where she has been working in practice ever since. Esther joined our Tenterden branch in 2009 where she provides care and treatment for all our patients.

Marco Zanni – MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon


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.

Katherine Butler – RVN – Head Veterinary Nurse, Pet Health Counsellor

Katherine has been working as a Veterinary Nurse since leaving school and qualifying from Bristol University in 1992. Katherine has been working at our Tenterden branch since 1999 and became Head Nurse in 2008. She passed her SQP exam in 2009 which allows her to oversee the dispensing of medications, and gained her Royal Canin Pet Health Counsellor qualification in 2011 which enables her to advise on a wide range of beneficial healthcare issues. She enjoys the variety of working in general practice and enjoys using her skills in our nursing clinics. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and extended family. She also enjoys reading, gardening and socialising with her friends.

Amy Tompsett – RVN – Veterinary Nurse

Amy qualified as a nurse in 2010, joining Cinque Ports Vets in 2016, working at our Tenterden and Rye branches. Amy enjoys all aspects of veterinary nursing but is particularly interested in feline nursing and behaviour and running nursing clinics. At home, Amy is kept busy with her young daughter and has two rescue cats, Maggie and Betty.

Pippa Austin – Receptionist

Pippa joined our Tenterden branch in November 2016 as a Receptionist. She enjoys keeping active by regularly swimming, doing Pilates and running around after her naughty cat Billy.

Kim Rummery – Receptionist

Kim joined Cinque Ports Vets from our sister company Milbourn Equine in 2017.  In her time away from work, Kim is an active volunteer with a local RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) driving group as well as volunteering at the ARRCC (Activities, Respite, Rehabilitation, Care Centre) based in Rye. Kim is a horse owner and hopes to compete again one day.

Sandra Cherry – Receptionist

Sandra joined our team in 2019 and has been a veterinary receptionist for 19 years. Sandra has 2 Border Collies 3 and 14 years old. She has been doing agility for 21 years and now runs her own club and competes regularly with her younger dog. You may also see her at local fetes as she is part of a dog display team.