MEET OUR STAFF
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!
Pippa Hawkes BVetMed MRCVS
Head of Ambulatory & Anaesthesia
Pippa qualified from the Royal veterinary College in 2009 and has been a member of the equine team at Newnham Court Equine since 2012, having spent the previous 3 years in mixed practice. For most of her childhood, Pippa 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 heads up our dermatology service, offering intradermal skin testing for all allergic skin disease cases. Pippa is currently studying towards a RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Practice). In her spare time, Pippa enjoys being outside in the Kent countryside , whether it’s walking, cycling or horse riding. She broke her Connemara pony Dillon into harness, with the highlight of 2014 being when she drove herself and her father to the church at her own wedding, making it to the church in one piece!
Tim Rogers BSc(Hons) BVM&S MRCVS
Tim graduated from Edinburgh University in 2013, but is a Kent boy born and bred. Having spent the first 6 years of his career in mixed practice, he decided to focus on equine practice full time and joined the Newnham Court Equine team in 2020. Tim has a keen interest in equine dentistry and soft tissue surgery. Outside of work he enjoys rugby, cricket, tennis, skiing and travelling. He currently lives in Bearsted with his wife, their two young sons, (Arlo and Orson) and two dogs (Elsie and Teddy), where they all enjoy long walks together.
Joe Sharps BVetMed PGCertVPS CertAVP(ED) MRCVS
RCVS Approved Advanced Practitioner in Equine Dentistry
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.
Lauren O’Leary BVetMed PGDipVCP MRCVS
Lauren graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2020, with a keen desire to embark on a career in equine veterinary medicine. After graduating she entered on to a rotating internship at the Equine Referral Hospital at the RVC. Lauren has an interest in all areas of veterinary medicine however particularly enjoys wound management and orthopaedics. Lauren is excited to join the team at Newnham Court Equine / KEH and is looking forward to meeting all of the clients and patients that she has heard such lovely things about. In her spare time Lauren likes to explore new places to visit within the UK and she enjoys riding at her local riding school in Essex that she has belonged to for 20 years.
Chloe May BVetMed MRCVS
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.
Emily Hunter BVMSci MRCVS
Senior Equine Intern
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.
Lily Fraser BVMSci MRCVS
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Emily Fairhurst RVN
As a child, all of my weekends were spent attending Pony Club rallies and shows and I was enormously proud to go on and represent my club at the National Championships as a teenager. I also thoroughly enjoyed competing in BE and BSJA and whilst I haven’t competed for a couple of years now, it’s something I’d very much like to get back to in the future! I first started veterinary nursing as a patient care assistant with the view to it being a temporary “gap year” job. However, I loved nursing so much that I decided to pursue it as a career! I’ve now been nursing small animals for nearly 7 years and for the past 18 months have specialised as an out of hours emergency and critical care nurse which I loved. I’m now looking forward to getting back to my horsey roots and starting equine nursing! In my spare time I can normally be found by a lake or the sea water skiing, surfing or paddle boarding with my border collie Twig.
Client Care Team
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 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.
Chanel has been obsessed with animals of all sizes from childhood having rescued animals from hamsters, bearded dragons, cats, dogs to a horse. Having spent her early 20s travelling, she then set up home in Greece for 3 years volunteering rescuing cats and dogs in need, getting them back to health and re homing them to the UK. After returning to the UK she started working within the small animal industry for the previous 6 years. Having absolutely loved it she is now ready for her next adventure working in the Newnham Court Equine team. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her 4 dogs, being by a beach, lake or river paddleboarding and swimming and horse riding.
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.
Tegan McGilvray BVSc CertAVP(EM) MSc MVetMEd DipECEIM MRCVS
European Specialist in Equine Internal Medicine
Saf Barakzai BVSc MSc DESTS Dipl.ECVS FRCVS
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.
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.