The Vets

Find out more about the team of Veterinary Surgeons that work at Cinque Ports Vets.

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.

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

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.

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.

Jenny Jordan – BVetMed.MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Jenny graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 2010. Jenny joined our Kingsnorth branch in 2012 and moved to our Rye branch in 2018. In her spare time she enjoys photography with her husband, Andy and also horse riding.

Mark Neall – BVSc CertVC CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine – Veterinary Surgeon and Hospital Director

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.

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.

Faye Rawson – BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Faye graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018 and returned to Kent soon after joining us at Cinque Ports Vets. She has a particular interest in neurology, having visited numerous referral hospitals during her studies. In her spare time Faye divides herself between her family in Belgium and England, and is an avid gym goer.

Clotilde Abeloos – MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Clotilde joined us in 2018.  Although originally from France she graduated from the University of Liege in Belgium and has decided to gain more experience working in an English veterinary practice.  Clotilde has a keen interest in neurology but when she isn’t working, she has many interests including reading, painting and riding.  She has 3 horses at home in France was able to bring her cat to England with her.

Emma Baker – BVSc MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

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

Mike Lazar  – MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Mike qualified in 2009 in Bucharest, Romania and joined us in 2018. He started his UK adventure in 2014, travelling around the country and has now settled in the South East which he thinks has the best weather and countryside. He enjoys surgery and is aiming to study for a certificate in orthopaedics. At home Mike has two adopted rabbits and a rescued cat, all doing a good job of destroying the house when he isn’t at home!

Isabella De Rosa – BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

Jay Dave – BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon


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 triathlon.