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 & Anaesthesia
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!
Tim Rogers BSc(Hons) BVM&S MRCVS
Tim graduated from Edinburgh in 2013, but he is a Kent boy born and bred. Having spent the first 6 years of his career in mixed animal practice in Meopham, he has now decided to focus on equine practice full time. 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 Wateringbury with his wife, their two young sons, (Arlo and Orson) and two dogs (Elsie and Teddy), where they all enjoy long walks together.
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.
George Letts BSc (Hons), BVMSci (Hons) MRCVS
George came straight to us, having graduated from the University of Surrey in 2020. George completed externships at Weipers Equine Hospital as well as Bell Equine hospital during his time at University. While interested in all aspects of Equine veterinary practice, George’s particular interests lie in soft tissue surgery, anaesthesia and parasitology. While not at work, George’s interests include playing squash with his friends and scuba diving.
Emily Hunter BVMSci MRCVS
Emily graduated from the University of Surrey. She has recently joined our team as an intern, where she will work both alongside our hospital clinicians caring for the inpatients, and as part of our ambulatory team. She enjoys all areas of equine practice but developed a particular interest in dentistry whilst completing her final year rotations at various equine hospitals. After graduation 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.
Business Development Manager
Lucy has worked within the Veterinary Industry for 10 years, Starting her career within a large mixed practice Hospital as an Administration Manager. Lucy holds advance qualifications in Human Resources, qualifying with the CIPD in 2018. She also holds Diplomas in CBT and Depression Management.
Her role within the Equine Hospital will be to support the everyday operations, developing both the hospital and the employees.
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 fur baby Yoda
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.
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!
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.
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.
Receptionist & Equine Technician
I Have worked at Newnham Court Equine since October 2019, I wanted to get into an equine based role as horses are a huge interest of mine, I have previously worked in customer service and transport. I have been riding since I was 7 and have owned horses since I was 13, I currently own 2 horses one of which is an ex-racehorse who I am currently retraining and hoping to continue to do some eventing with. In my spare time I enjoy riding and caring for my horses and walking my springer spaniel puppy Belle!
Client Care Team
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.
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.
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.
Safia 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.