Our Veterinarians

Dr Nicole Laurence

Practice Owner – BVSc BVMS

After reading the delightful tales in James Herriot’s books “All Creatures Great and Small” Nicole’s childhood dream was to become a vet. Nicole graduated from Murdoch University in 1997 and worked in mixed animal practice in the beautiful Albany for ten years. She also travelled extensively and locumed throughout the UK for many years.

In 2012 another dream has also been realized by teaming together with Nathan Mannix to start Foothills Animal Hospital. Nathan and Nicole wanted to create a vet hospital where they are able to deliver veterinary care in a family, environmentally and truly pet friendly way. Nicole loves it when her patients love coming to the vet and her favourites thing about the hospital is the outdoor consulting garden for dogs and “Tricia the elephant” blackboard in the kids’ play area which is a lovely bright play space.

Nicole regularly attends conferences and seminars to ensure her patients get the options of the most up to date care available. She has a special interest in dermatology and is our hospitals Cat Friendly Advocate.

Nicole with her husband Mike and two small children live in Bedfordale and have a very mischievous cat “Pudding” (who was a hand raised orphan), a few horses plus many kangaroos and ducks which call their place home.

Dr Christina Smit

BSc BVMS MVS

Chris is a local Gidgegannup girl who just loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2005 and spent the following two years working in a mixed practice veterinary hospital. A horse riding injury encouraged the move into a small animal practice where she has been ever since.

Chris enjoys expanding her knowledge and gained a Masters in Small Animal Practice in 2011. Her passion has always been surgery, particularly reconstruction work and orthopaedics. Weightlifting in her spare time sure helps with this!

Chris shares her home with Iain and Sean, two rescued Greyhounds Fonzie and Moo, Scholar and Pig the cats and her beautiful horse Willow.

Dr Rachel White

BSc BVMS (hons)

Rachel grew up in Leicestershire in the UK and moved to Perth in 1996. She started out in veterinary nursing before realising she wanted to study vet.

Rachel qualified as a vet in 2009 and joined the Foothills family in 2016. Rachel shares her home with her dog, Leo.

One of her favourite hobbies is working with Leo in the agility and obedience fields.

Rachel has become a great asset to the team and she has a keen interest in cardiovascular medicine.

Dr Emily Barrick

BSc Animal Science, BSc Vet Science, BVMS

Emily is originally from Iowa in the United States. She came to Australia in 2007 and went on to graduate from Murdoch University in 2011.

You may often see Emily around the clinic on Saturdays as she works elsewhere during the week.

Emily enjoys spending time with her beautiful family, rock climbing and the occasional triathlon. She has a special interest in animal welfare.

Dr Jonathan Wood

BVSc GPCert(Opthal) MRCVS

Jonathan graduated from Sydney University in 2006 and has worked in NSW, the UK and WA as a veterinarian.

After 5 years in the UK he returned to Australia and continues to work part time in various veterinary practices as a locum vet.

He loves the daily variety of working with small animals but has a very keen interest in Ophthalmology. Jonathan is a member of the European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology, the International Equine Ophthalmology Consortium the British Veterinary Association and the British Small Animal Association. In his spare time Jonathan is a keen fisherman.

Our Veterinary Nurses

Jess

Practice Manager

Jess is our practice manager, she has been in the industry since 2003 and qualified in 2005. She grew up in south east Queensland and moved to Western Australia in 2010. Jess is very interested in critical and emergency care. When she isn’t busy mothering pets, Jess is running around after her two gorgeous and mischievous children. She also has one fur baby, a German Shepherd named Max, who is the biggest kid of all.

Haley

Senior Clinical Nurse and Cat Advocate

Haley is our senior clinical nurse and in house cat advocate. Haley started her career in the veterinary industry in 2005 as an equine nurse. She then became qualified in 2009 where she switched over to small animal nursing. She has a special interest in surgery and medical cases.

Haley grew up on a farm in Baldivis taking in any stray and orphaned animals she could find. In her spare time she enjoys bush-walking with her family, horse riding and catching up with friends and family.

She shares her home with a great Great Dane named Optimus and a cranky cat called Jahoolie.

Jessie

Jessie is one of our original veterinary nurses starting with us right at the beginning. She is a lovely friendly person and has a huge warm heart for all her patients. Jessie is currently studying to be a vet and Murdoch University. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2011 and has also worked as a veterinary recruitment consultant. Jessie  has a special interest in pocket pets and cats, and enjoys assisting people to care for their beloved family members. She has a cheeky cat named Dorothy, affectionately known as Godzilla, because she likes to destroy the house while Jessie is at work!

Siobhian

Siobhian joined the foothill team in 2013 and finished her qualifications whilst working at the clinic. She has a particular interest in animal reproduction and Surgery Cases. When not at work, Siobhian is very busy running around after her gorgeous daughter. She also enjoys horse riding and spending time with her gorgeous Miniature Bull Terriers Cheeko and Elly May.

Shanay

Shanay has been working in the Veterinary Industry since 2011 and became qualified early 2014. She has previously worked at Murdoch Veterinary Emergency department and has a special interest in surgery,emergency cases and wildlife rehabilitation.

Shanay grew up near Albany on a cropping and cattle farm, then moved to Perth at the age of 6. She helped out a lot with her parents stock feeding business and horse agistment centre, where her passion for horses and helping animals grew.

Along with her 3 horses that keep her busy she has a dog named ‘Tyson’ and her cat ‘Bliss’.

Laura

Laura is born and bred in Perth and started her vet nursing career at Foothills in 2016. Laura realised her passion for animals at a very young age. In early 2016, she started her own house sitting business to ensure she received her ‘animal fix’ and hopes to one day work in the equine field.

In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse Linc, playing netball and going for bush walks.

Kelly

Kelly grew up on a small farm in Oakford surrounded by animals. She started working in the veterinary industry 1997 and qualified in 2002. Kelly has worked in both large and small animal practices.

Kelly has a special interest in animal behaviour including Puppy Preschool and wildlife rehabilitation.

She shares her home with her husband Sonny, son Casey, fur baby ‘Jack’ the Staffy, a small flock of chooks, budgies and some gold fish!

Jamie

Jamie recently joined the Foothills team and is settling in beautifully. After reaching the role of Senior Vet Nurse in her previous place of work, Jamie decided she wanted to focus on the reception side of nursing and so, will most likely be your first point of contact when visiting the clinic. Jamie graduated as a Veterinary Nurse in 2010 and has loved it ever since. Canine and feline behaviour are the areas she enjoys most. Her own dog Charlie is a rescued Shepherd cross who has anxiety issues so if you ever need help with a ‘nervous Nellie’, Jamie is your girl!

In her spare time, Jamie enjoys relaxing with a paintbrush in hand.

Jae

Jae was one of our Vet Nursing work experience students who was too good to let go. We have now made her a member of staff and she has recently qualified as a nurse. Jae enjoys so many aspects of vet nursing, she can’t pick a favourite! In her spare time Jae enjoys playing netball and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

She shares her home with her English Staffy, Tia and her Maltese Shitzu, Elliot.

Address

23 Thomas St, Armadale,
Western Australia 6112

Business Hours

Monday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

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