Find out more about the team of Veterinary Surgeons that work at Cinque Ports Vets.
Group Clinical Director
David McDonald – BVM&S MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon and Group 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. David remains as Group Clinical Director following Cinque Ports Vets and Milbourn Equine joining The Linnaeus Group in 2017. 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
Mark Neall – BVSc CertVC CertAVP (SAM) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Medicine – Veterinary Surgeon and Clinical 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, becoming Clinical Director in 2019.
Luca Gaffuri – DMV, MRCVS, GPCert(Endo) – Veterinary Surgeon & Clinical Director
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.
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 and 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
Izzie graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in July 2019 and moved back to Kent to join us at Cinque Ports. She enjoys all aspects of work, but particularly soft tissue surgery and oncology. In her spare time Izzie loves to cook, travel and go to the gym, as well as spend time with her dog.
Jay Dave – BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Jay joined the team in September 2019 and has a specific interest in surgery. He is currently working towards his post-graduate certificate in small animal surgery with a particular emphasis on orthopaedics. He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012 and initially started working in mixed practice in Lincolnshire but has moved around the country and spent a year practicing in New Zealand before settling in Kent. In his spare time he has just taken up kickboxing and is training for a half marathon.
Joe Evans – BVetMed MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Joe graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2016 and after a rotating private internship worked for the PDSA. Joe joined Cinque Ports Vets in 2019 and has started studying for a certificate in small animal surgery. His main interest is in surgery, but he also enjoys emergency and critical care and imaging. Outside of work Joe has a young son to keep him busy, and also enjoys powerlifting and cooking.
Adam Urbanski – DVM MRCVS PgCert (SAS) – Veterinary Surgeon
Adam qualified in 2005 and joined our practice in 2020, specialising in ultrasonography, soft tissue surgery and orthopaedics. He is currently studying towards a certificate in small animal diagnostic imagery. Out of work Adam enjoys spending time with his family and playing the piano and guitar.
Ana Pereira – MRCVS – Veterinary Surgeon
Marco Zanni – 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.