The 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.

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 – 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.




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.


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



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.



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

George Matthews – BVM BVS MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon

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!


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.