Our Vets

Carmel Byrne BVSc MRCVS


After qualifying from Bristol University in 1988, I worked in mixed practice in Somerset until 1990. Knee problems and surgery prompted a move into small animal practice, and after a couple of years in Hampshire, I joined Highcroft in 1993. Since then I have concentrated on small animal medicine and surgery and developed my interest in practice management. I became a Director of the practice in 2017.

In 2009 I became qualified to perform acupuncture in all species and I hold regular acupuncture clinics. Apart from my roles as vet and Practice Manager, I am also a clinical coach, assisting our trainee veterinary nurses.

Outside work, I look after Peter (no mean feat I assure you!) and our family and animals, including a Flat coat Retriever and two Jack Russells, and three cats. I swim regularly (daily if possible), enjoy cooking, baking and gardening and if I get the time, reading.

Peter Stotesbury BVetMed MRCVS


I first came to work in Hailsham straight from the RVC in 1984, moved away to work in Gloucestershire and Kent for a few years before returning in 1990, and was then given the opportunity to take over the practice when Maurice Polley retired.

I feel very lucky to be doing a job I enjoy, treating pets, horses, and farm animals, with a team of great nurses and vets, and with some lovely clients, many of whom I can call friends.

Outside of work, I love to ski, play golf about twice a year (mainly as an excuse to catch up with old friends), and although I don’t play any more I like to stay involved at Hellingly Rugby Club. Walking the dogs, enjoying the beautiful Sussex countryside, watching films at the wonderful Hailsham Pavilion, and trying to keep track of what my family is doing, all give me plenty to do.

Faye Susans MRCVS

Originally from Yorkshire, I moved to East Sussex six years ago, but spent most of the last five years studying in Budapest (UVMB). I came home to England to carry out the final part of my veterinary studies and, after spending some time seeing practice at Highcroft earlier this year, I knew it would be the perfect place to work. My professional interests include Internal medicine, nutrition, ophthalmology and treating our feathered patients but I enjoy all the daily variety of the profession.

At home, pets currently include six rescue hens, Colin the Brahma, and Fred and Harold the Indian Runners. In my free time I like to get out and about; rowing at Bewl Water, riding, gardening or walking, and I enjoy cooking and photography.

Ian Stafford BVetMed MRCVS

After qualifying from the Royal Veterinary College in 2013 I went back home to Cheshire to work at my local first opinion small animal practice where I had worked as a receptionist and nursing assistant prior to going to Vet school.

A move down south to be closer to my partners family led to taking a position at Highcroft. My clinical areas of interest include surgery, medical oncology (chemotherapy) and dermatology (skin cases)

In my free time I like to keep fit at the gym, play golf & I enjoy baking.