Business Hours

Mon - Fri: 8am - 7pm
Sat: 8am-3pm
Sun: 10am-2pm

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 2013 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





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 Jessie Eldridge


Jessie has been with Foothills since 2013, and was one of our original veterinary nurses who has since gone on to become a veterinarian. Originally from Geraldton, she qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2011 and worked in mixed and small animal practice. She graduated in 2018 as a veterinarian from Murdoch University.

Dr Jessie has a special interest in exotic animals ranging from rabbits and guinea pigs, to parrots and backyard poultry. She also enjoys pathology and cytology, delighting in diagnosing many conditions on site at the practice, and can usually be found at the microscope with a pile of slides.

She is a friendly vet who especially takes joy in assisting people to care for their beloved family members. She has a Pomeranian named Toto, cats Dorothy and Bernie, and a small collection of guinea pigs.



Our Veterinary Nurses


Senior Clinical Nurse

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 two dogs named Tyson and Kaida along with her cat Bliss.


Veterinary Nurse

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 and pet sitting business to ensure she received her ‘animal fix’ and for some time, ran our puppy pre-school classes. With a keen interest in canine behaviour, Laura is always looking to expand her knowledge in this field as well as others relating to animals.

In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse Linc, playing netball, bush walking and travelling to new places.


Veterinary Nurse

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, sons Casey and Cameron, fur baby ‘Jack’ the Staffy, a small flock of chooks, budgies and some gold fish!


Veterinary Nurse

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.


Veterinary Nurse

Jae started with us a nursing student but we soon realised she was too good to let go! She is now an integral member of our team and she always arrives with a smile on her face and a can-do attitude. Jae enjoys so many aspects of vet nursing and can’t pick a favourite although she is a great surgery nurse! In her spare time Jae enjoys playing netball, visiting the beach and hanging out with her dogs Tia and Elliot. 


Veterinary Nurse


Carly started her vet nursing traineeship when she was 15 and since then has worked in general practice, specialist referral diagnostic imaging, emergency and also as a head nurse. She loves the diversity of the vet nursing career and that no day is ever the same. She enjoys being able to give patients the love and care she would want for her own pets when they are in hospital. Her special interests are surgical nursing, anaesthesia and patient care. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and fur family, sewing and horse riding. She has two cats, Momo and Jessie cat, two dogs, Theo and girly and two horses, Jimi and Jelly.


Trainee Veterinary Nurse


Charley has recently joined the Foothills family as our newest trainee vet nurse. She is a kind and helpful young lady who we know will make an amazing nurse!

Charley does a great job at keeping the day running by ensuring all the background tasks are complete and we appreciate her so much.

Charley has a dog named Boss who is a patient here at Foothills and she is also in charge of our two resident hens Betty and Big Stevie. 


Veterinary Nurse


Ally has began studying vet nursing in 2019. Having previously worked with animals in both a kennel, animal shelters, wildlife centre and grooming (both dogs and cats) she has always had a passion to be apart of the animal welfare and veterinary industry. She so far enjoys the surgical side of nursing. Ally has two Italian greyhounds who are her much loved fur babies and when not at work, she loves exploring new places with them.


23 Thomas St, Armadale,
Western Australia 6112

Business Hours

Monday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

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In case of EMERGENCIES outside of these hours, we recommend going to WAVES, 1/640 Beeliar Dr, Success WA 6164 - 9412 5700