Veterinary Surgeons


Katie Snalune BSc MA VetMB CertEM(Int. Med.) CertES(Soft Tissue) MRCVS

Board Eligible Internist and RCVS Approved Advanced Practitioner in Equine Internal Medicine and Soft Tissue Surgery, Owner/Head of Hospital

Katie graduated from Cambridge in 1998 and after 2 years in mixed practice, completed an internship at a large referral hospital, gaining experience in internal medicine, critical care and soft tissue surgery. Many of you may remember Katie who joined Newnham Court for the first time in 2002. In 2006, Katie gained the RCVS Certificate in Equine Internal Medicine and in 2007, joined the equine department of the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital at University of Cambridge, where she provided a clinical service in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery. and was a lecturer in Equine Internal Medicine. Katie gained her RCVS Certificate in Equine Soft Tissue Surgery in 2010 and then underwent an alternate track residency in Equine Internal Medicine. She is currently finishing the Specialist European Diploma in Equine Internal Medicine. In 2015, Katie became an RCVS Approved Advanced Practitioner in Equine Internal Medicine and Equine Soft Tissue Surgery. Katie’s main clinical interests include medical and surgical oncology, and gastroenterology (in particular colic and weight loss). Katie continues her clinical research collaborations in practice, and published her first textbook on Equine Cancer medicine with the renowned Derek Knottenbelt in 2015. This is the only textbook dedicated to Clinical Equine Oncology. Katie also interviews, lectures and examines for the University of Surrey Vet School. In what little spare time she has, Katie enjoys walking her Irish Wolfhound and terrier, training for the London marathon, skiing and Gin and Tonics!

Joe Sharps  BVetMed PGCertVPS CertAVP(ED) MRCVS

RCVS Approved Advanced Practitioner in Equine Dentistry

Equine Clinician

Joe qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2001 and has worked solely in equine practice for 20 years, the majority of his career in the South East.  He has worked within all aspects of equine practice, from race horses and high level competiton horses to beloved pets. He believes in putting his patients and clients first, offering an open and honest service which is experienced, caring and reliable. Joe has considerable experience in the assessment of poor performance and lameness/orthopaedic cases as well as expertise in pre-purchase examinations, geriatric care and welfare cases. Joe has completed further advanced training in equine dentistry and is a RCVS Recognised Advanced Practitioner in Equine Dentistry and will be heading up the busy dental caseload with Tim.  Joe will be splitting his time between the hospital and the road. In hospital, Joe will be focusing on internal referrals of complicated dental cases/extractions, as well as heading up the busy orthopaedic / lameness caseload.

Emily Hunter BVMSci MRCVS

Equine Clinician

Emily joined the team in February 2021 as an Intern and as senior intern, she works both alongside our hospital clinicians caring for the inpatients, and as part of our ambulatory team. She enjoys all areas of equine practice but has a particular interest in equine dentistry. Prior to joining the team, Emily volunteered at the Racehorse Sanctuary in West Sussex. In her spare time, she enjoys playing netball, walking, painting and making her own greeting cards.

Chloe May BVetMed MRCVS

Ambulatory Intern

Chloe graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2021 after previously completing a degree in Animal Science at the University of Nottingham. Chloe is excited to become part of our ambulatory team and is interested in all things equine medicine. At university she was part of the polo team and spent time at The Horse Trust.  In her spare time, she likes to bake, keep active and borrow other peoples’ dogs to walk.  

Lily Fraser BVMSci MRCVS

Senior Equine Intern

Lily has recently graduated from the University of Surrey and has also spent some time with us on her final year rotations. Lily has been interested in equine veterinary medicine throughout her degree and has developed a particular interest in reproductive work and internal medicine. Having ridden since the age of 9, Lily has kept up her eventing throughout university and also joined the Uni polo team which she loved. Lily is planning to keep eventing during her internship, and her horse will join her shortly, but also enjoys baking, skiing and walking her dogs in what little spare time she has!

Saffron French BVMSci MRCVS

Equine Intern

Saffron graduated from the university of Surrey in July during which she spent some time with us on final year rotations. Whilst at university, she has spent time at a range of UK equine hospitals where she has developed a keen interest in sports horse lameness and internal medicine that she is looking forward to further developing her skills in during her internship with us. During her free time, she enjoys playing squash, running, art, travelling (although covid has put this on hold recently) and spending lots of time with her cat.


Management Team

Management Team

Kelly Brown RVN

Nursing Manager, Registered Veterinary Nurse and Clinical Coach

A recent addition to the team, Kelly has been a registered Veterinary nurse since 2000 and worked in small animal veterinary care for 25 years. During this time she has enjoyed working alongside local colleges as a clinical coach training student nurses, providing excellent nursing care to a wide variety of companion animals and managing a branch surgery. Although new to Equine nursing, Kelly has had horses and ridden most of her life. She really enjoys groundwork and starting youngsters and gets immense pleasure from seeing them develop. She is currently helping her daughter with her rescue filly Luna. She also has the cheeky family pony Muffin who they are breaking to harness and Sandiro her Danish Warmblood who she hopes to one day get back out competing with, time permitting!  In addition, Kelly is kept busy with her family, two legs and four and loves being out and about in the countryside walking, exploring nature and getting involved with the management of the land where the horses live.

Lucy Dalligan Assoc CIPD

Business Development Manager

Lucy has worked within the Veterinary Industry for 10 years, starting her career within a large mixed practice as an Administration Manager. Lucy holds advanced qualifications in Human Resources, qualifying with the CIPD in 2018. She also holds Diplomas in CBT and Depression Management. Her role within the Equine Clinic is to support the everyday operations, focusing on the development of both the hospital and the team. Outside of work, she is a fully fledged geek! spending as much time as she can either gaming or binge-watching Netflix films. She also enjoys being out and about with her family which includes her husband, young daughter and dogs, Yoda and Ludo.

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Hospital Manager

Mel has over 20 years experience working in the equine veterinary profession. She joined Newnham Court Equine in 2002 as part of the equine nursing team, and is a qualified Equine Nursing Technician. Since 2011, Mel has been working as part of the equine client care team, due to having a family over the last few years. Mel, with all her nursing experience to understand your horsey concerns, is a very experienced and extremely valuable member of the team! Mel became Practice Administrator, assisting the Practice Manager with the running of the business in 2018, and was promoted to Hospital Manager in 2019. In her spare time, Mel enjoys spending time with her 3 children and looking after all their animals, including Popcorn, the Shetland and Millie, the terrier!


Veterinary Nurses

Veterinary Nurses

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 Paige Emery

Deputy to Head Nurse, Qualified Equine Nursing Technician and Pharmacy/Lab Manager

Paige joined Newnham Court Equine Clinic in March 2016 as a yard assistant. In May 2016, Paige joined our nursing team and completed the TOCES Equine Nursing Technician course in 2018 and is a fully qualified Equine Nursing Technician.  Previously,  Paige worked in the racing industry riding horses out, before going back to work on her family-run livery yard, which she still runs. She has had horses since the age of 5 and has numerous qualifications in the Equine industry. Paige also has an interest in laboratory work, and is currently undertaking training in pharmacy and lab management, heading up and running our pharmacy and laboratory.  Paige likes to spend her spare time with family and friends, riding and competing at BSJA/BE on her 2 horses.

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Sharon Croucher

Equine Technician

Sharon has had horses and ponies since she was 13 years old, competing at local shows. She started working in equine veterinary practice as a yard assistant in 1997, moving into equine nursing in 1999. Sharon first came to Newnham Court Equine Clinic in 2005, where she continued nursing, and after a break for a family, returned to us in 2013, where she continues to work on the nursing team. Sharon has over 20 years experience in equine veterinary nursing, and is an extremely valuable member of the team. In her spare time, Sharon looks after her 2 horses Jade and Dexter, and her two miniature shetlands, Barbs and Betty!, not forgetting the fabulous Boxer, Winston!

Catriona McDonagh

Student Veterinary Nurse

Catriona has been riding since she was 8 years old and hasn’t stopped since! Catriona has worked as a riding instructor at a local riding school for the past 11 years, alongside running her own equine transport business. Catriona has 2 showjumpers which take up all her spare time, whilst trying to get out and compete as much as possible. Catriona joined the team in April 2021 and showed such promise, she has been awarded a rare training position to train as an RCVS Registered Veterinary Nurse. She is very excited to commence her training this Autumn.


Client Care Team

Client Care Team


Tara O’Callaghan


Tara is a qualified BHS AI and spent a number of years as an instructor before developing her administration career after having a family. Joining Newnham Court Equine was a way of bringing her experience and love of horses to the workplace again. Tara has a retired rescue Thoroughbred who she has owned for over 20 years, has competed in British Horseball and in her spare time plays ladies football and enjoys running with her family and their dog Connie.

Emily Harris


Emily worked in childcare for 6 years before deciding to pursue a career in the admin world! She worked as a medical secretary in human private healthcare before landing her dream job here at Newnham Court Equine as a Receptionist. She has always had a love for horses and has ridden since she was 10. Emily hopes to become a horse mummy in the near future but for now enjoys being a mum to her miniature schnauzer, Darcie





Dr. Lesley Young


Dr. Lesley Young


Lesley is a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons recognised specialist in veterinary cardiology and a Diplomate of the European College of Equine Internal Medicine. Though a specialist in veterinary cardiology, her case load is exclusively equine and whilst based at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket she made significant contributions into the understanding of heart murmurs and arrhythmias in athletic horses. Lesley has been a specialist consultant in equine cardiology, working with equine practices across the UK and Europe for the last 8 years. She uses top specification ultrasound and electrocardiographic equipment, allowing her to give a comprehensive assessment of your horse’s heart either at our clinic or at your own yard.


Tegan McGilvray BVSc CertAVP(EM) MSc MVetMEd DipECEIM MRCVS

European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Tegan McGilvray back to the Newnham Court Equine family for a period before she commences her PhD.
Many of you will remember Tegan when she was an ambulatory clinician at Newnham Court back in 2012-14. Tegan and Katie worked together at University of Cambridge Vet School prior to this date 10 years ago. Since 2014, Tegan has gone on to undertake a Masters degree in Epidemiology until 2017 followed by an Internal Medicine residency at the Royal Veterinary College. Having successfully completed her Board exams, and now a European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine, we are delighted to welcome Tegan to the team. Tegan will be based in clinic 2 days per week, sharing the medicine caseload with Katie, and will be providing a specialist medicine service.




Consultant Equine Surgeon

Safia is a RCVS and ECVS recognised specialist in equine surgery. Her expertise lies in soft tissue surgery, and in particular, upper respiratory disorders (‘wind’ problems), dental and sinus surgery and minimally invasive surgical techniques.She qualified from Bristol University in 1998 and started her surgical training at the University of Edinburgh the following year. After her residency, she stayed on at the University of Edinburgh until 2012, working as a senior surgeon in the R(D)SVS referral hospital. She then spent 5 years working as an equine surgeon in private practice in the UK and Ireland, before setting up Equine Surgical Referrals as a mobile surgical consultancy in 2017.  Safia’s clinical research includes over 80 peer reviewed publications in the veterinary literature. Her main research interests are diagnosis and surgery of upper respiratory tract disorders and imaging and surgical treatment of dental and sinus disorders in the horse. She sits on the Editorial Consultants Board for Equine Veterinary Journal.

We are delighted to be able to offer our loyal clients these specialist services so that their horses can stay close to home, and receive the best care.



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Claudia Hartley


Claudia is a Royal College and European Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. Claudia graduated from the University of Bristol in 1995, after which she spent nine years in general practice. Whilst in first opinion practice she gained the certificate in veterinary ophthalmology and undertook a scholarship at Cambridge University investigating tear film abnormalities in dogs. In 2004, Claudia joined the Animal Health Trust (AHT) working as an equine consultant and successfully gained the European diploma in veterinary ophthalmology in 2007. She became Head of Ophthalmology at the AHT in 2009. Claudia works with many charities worldwide, assisting with welfare and zoological ophthalmology cases. Claudia has assisted with the RCVS certificate and diploma examinations, been an active committee member/chair, published several book chapters and lectured both nationally and internationally on veterinary ophthalmology. Claudia currently works at Langford Referral Hospital as Head of Ophthalmology.