MEET OUR STAFF
Katie Snalune BSc MA VetMB CertEM(Int. Med.) CertES(Soft Tissue) MRCVS
Head of Hospital
Katie graduated from Cambridge Vet School 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 Otterhound and terrier, training for the London marathon, skiing and Gin and Tonics!
Pippa Hawkes BVetMed MRCVS
Equine Clinician and Head of Ambulatory Services
Pippa has been a member of the equine team at Newnham Court since 2012 having spent the previous 3 years working at a mixed practice in Paddock Wood. Pippa studied at the Royal Veterinary College in London, and for most of her childhood she pony clubbed with East Kent PC. Pippa can be seen on the road and in the clinic, and many people would have met Snoopy her trusty border collie. Pippa enjoys the variety of first opinion equine work but her main interests lie in dermatology and ophthalmology. Pippa is currently studying towards a RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice. In her spare time, Pippa enjoys being outside in the Kent countryside , whether it’s walking, cycling or horse riding. She has recently broken her Connemara pony Dillon into harness, with the highlight of 2014 being when she drove herself and the father of the bride to the church at her wedding, and made it to the church in one piece!
Amber Segre DVM MRCVS
Equine Clinician and Head of Anaesthesia
Amber graduated from St. George’s University, Grenada in June 2017 and joined us in October 2018 after completing a 12 month internship at Minster Equine Veterinary Clinic, York. Amber is interested in many aspects of equine practice, although has a particular interest in reproduction and neonatal care, having grown up on an Arabian stud farm. Amber also loves anaesthesia and heads up our anaesthesia team. Amber is closely involved with both teaching anaesthesia and performing general anaesthetics, both elective and emergency at the clinic. In her spare time she enjoys riding, exploring the countryside and spending time with friends and family.
Jessica Laffan BVM&S MRCVS
Jess comes to us after graduating from the University of Liverpool. During her time at university, she completed externships at both Liphook and Newmarket Equine Hospital, where she developed her interest in all things orthopaedic.
Jess is looking forward to getting to know all of our lovely clients and their horses. In her spare time, she is hoping to explore the beautiful Kent countryside with her horse Mattie.
Sara Fidalgo BSc (Biology) DVM MRCVS
Sara graduated from the University of Lisbon in 2017 and joined us in September 2019. After doing several externships in England, Portugal, Belgium and France, she completed a 12 month internship at a large referral racehorse practice in France. She moved to England in 2018 and completed a mixed hospital and ambulatory internship at the fantastic Sussex Equine Hospital, where she focused on orthopaedics and Sports horse medicine. Sara is especially interested in orthopaedics, surgery and diagnostic imaging and is completing her RCVS Certificate in Equine Surgery (Orthopaedics). In her spare time, Sara enjoys travelling, hiking and riding. She is looking forward to meeting all our clients and to exploring the Kent countryside with her collie puppy, Ascot.
Jordan Ashby BSc (VetBioSci) DVM MRCVS
Jordan graduated from the University of Adelaide, Australia before moving to Ireland to complete an internship at Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital. During this year long program she gained experience across a wide variety of areas but especially focused on intensive care foals, medicine and anaesthesia. Originally from a farm in Central Queensland, Jordan has been around horses her whole life. Her family now lives in southern New South Wales with far too many horses ranging from retirees to FEI eventers, that her sister competes, along with a small herd of broodmares. In her spare time Jordan is enjoying training her dressage mare, Wisper. She is looking forward to helping all of our clients meet their goals – be it keeping your retiree comfortable in their golden years or making sure your horse is performing at their best for that next competition.
Izzy Maisonpierre BVetMed MRCVS
Izzy graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2018 and is joining our internship program after spending the past year working at a mixed veterinary practice in her home county of Suffolk.
During her studies, Izzy completed a number of externships at various equine hospitals and undertook a research project on activity tracking in grazing horses, which she is proud to have published in the Equine Veterinary Journal.
She is interested in all aspects of equine practice but is particularly interested in dentistry and orthopaedics. In her spare time, Izzy partakes in a number of outdoor activities including riding, cycling, and hiking.
Kelly Tillet RVN REVN
Equine Head Nurse and Nursing Manager
Kelly qualified as a small animal veterinary nurse in 1997 and soon after chose to follow a career in equine veterinary nursing. In 2001 Kelly qualified as an Equine Veterinary Nurse and was awarded a travel scholarship, by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, which enabled her to travel to Kentucky, USA, to undertake a placement in an advanced neonatal intensive care facility. After working in a large Equine Veterinary Hospital, for 12 years, she returned to Newnham Court Equine as Head Nurse. Kelly is a coloured horse enthusiast! She currently owns a coloured show cob which she enjoys showing.
Deputy to Head Nurse, Qualified Equine Nursing Technician and Pharmacy and 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.
Alice Irons BSc
Student Veterinary Nurse
Alice grew up in France and moved to England in 2013 to study Equine Management and Training at Greenwich University. When in France, she was part of a horseball team and competed regularly. Alice has just commenced her Registered Veterinary Nurse training at the Open College of Equine Studies and we look forward to supporting her through her training. Alice has a great interest in theatre nursing and heads up our theatre. In her spare time, Alice enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking her three border collies and riding her horse, Platinum.
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, one which she rescued and is currently enjoying starting to jump again.
Lauren Davis BSc
Lauren joined the practice in May 2018. She had just completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation and has always had a keen interest in Equine veterinary medicine. Lauren remembers hand writing a letter to Peter asking if she could do work experience when she was 16. She was only 10 years old when she wrote the letter just to ensure she definitely got a space! Lauren says “Everyday is amazing as you meet new horses and all of their characters are so different, making the job so interesting.” Outside work, Lauren is extremely busy competing her own horses whether that be eventing, showjumping or dressage. On top of that, she is also busy building her own equine massage business.
Client Care Team
Laura Hawkins RVN
Laura first came to Newnham Court Equine as a client in 2005, when her mare became critically ill whilst in foal. Inspired by the work of Katie and the team, Laura started working in practice in 2006 and qualified as a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) in 2009. Since qualifying, Laura has worked in multiple veterinary practices with small, exotic and large animals. She has acted as a clinical coach training student nurses, a head nurse, holds two diplomas in animal behaviour and is a qualified equine artificial insemination technician. Outside of work, Laura helps run the family Stud farm with her father, breeding Welsh Cobs which they use to compete in carriage driving. They were honoured to be asked to perform for the Queen’s 90th birthday. With a keen interest in business, Laura has now joined us as our Practice Manager and is pursuing a certificate in Veterinary Business Management through the University of Liverpool.
Lindsay started work at Newnham Court Equine in 2006 as part of our nursing team, where she completed the Open College of Equine Studies Equine Technician course, and is a fully qualified Equine Nursing Technician. She has since had a baby daughter and son, and returned from maternity as our Senior Client Care Assistant. Previously, Lindsay worked in the racing industry for 8 years, in which she still maintains a keen interest. Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her children, walking her dogs and riding her horse.
Receptionist and Practice Administrator
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 has recently expanded her role as Practice Administrator, assisting the Practice Manager with the running of the business. In her spare time, Mel enjoys spending time with her 3 children and looking after all their animals!
Julie has worked in the veterinary profession for over 20 years, mainly in referral small animal practice. She started working at Newnham Court Equine as part of our client care team in April 2014. She has recently had her first horse riding experience, and was delighted to remain in the saddle, a resounding success! Julie is kept busy with her Border Collie, Whippet and Lurcher.
Linda joined Newnham Court Equine Clinic in July 2015. Linda has worked for the previous 6 years in the veterinary profession in small animal practice. Linda has had horses from a very young age, and now has one Irish sports horse called Susie whom she competes on a regular basis SJ and eventing. In her spare time, Linda looks after her 5 rescue lurchers.
Dr. Lesley Young
BVSc DVC DVA DipECEIM PhD MRCVS
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.
Dr. Graham Munroe
BVSc(Hons) PhD CertEO DESM DipECVS FRCVS – Equine Orthopaedics
Graham qualified from University of Bristol with Honours in 1979. He spent 8 years in equine practice in Wendover, Newmarket (Rossdale and Ptnrs.), Arundel, and Oxfordshire as well as a stud season in the Waikato, New Zealand. Whilst in practice he studied for and gained CertEO and DESM from RCVS. Graham joined Glasgow University in 1987 as a Lecturer in Equine Surgery and Reproduction where he ran the equine hospital and was a consultant surgeon and clinician. He obtained a PhD by thesis on Neonatal Foal Ophthalmology and Fellowship of the RCVS by examination in ophthalmology in1994. He then moved to Edinburgh as a Senior Lecturer in Large Animal Surgery in 1994 where he ran the orthopaedic service. He obtained DipECVS in 1997 by examination. Graham is a RCVS recognised specialist in equine surgery in 1999 – 2012. Graham set up a private equine consultancy practice based in the Scottish Borders in 1998 and he consults in clinics in Scotland and England, and occasionally in Sweden, Eire, Holland, Portugal and Greece. From 2003-2004, 2007-2009 and 2011 he was the visiting equine surgeon at University of Cambridge Veterinary School.
BVSc CertVOphthal DipECVO MRCVS
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.