The Team at
Foothills Animal Hospital
Dr Nicole Laurence
Practice Owner – BVSc BVMS
Nicole together with her business partner, Nathan Partner designed and built Foothills Animal Hospital hospital opening in April 2013.
Nicole is very grateful to have worked some amazing people over the years to care for the animals and people in the Armadale region and Perth hills.
Nicole has worked in the veterinary industry for over 35 years and 25 years as a vet. Her career spans from working in mixed practice in Albany to fulfilling her childhood dream of working as a vet in the England, just like James Herriot from All Creatures Great and Small. Nicoles enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine and surgery and is also passionate about the team at Foothills and helping them to fulfil their dreams doing the best job in the world.
Nicole loves spending time with her family, horse riding and hanging out with her two cats, both rescue’s from Foothills.
Dr Rachel White
BSc BVMS (hons)
Rachel grew up in Leicestershire in the UK and moved to Perth in 1996. Before studying to be a veterinarian, Rachel worked as vet nurse which is where her passion for animal health began.
Rachel qualified as a vet in 2009 and joined the Foothills family in 2016. She also co-owns and runs a behaviour and training company, Dogs United Training Academy which provides training for puppies, adolescent, and adult dogs. In addition to training, she also offers veterinary behaviour consults for pets who are struggling with fear and anxiety, she is passionate about helping people create a positive connection with their dogs.
With her partner she shares her home with a family of working border collies and participates in multiple performance sports including agility, scent work, sheep herding and trick training.
Rachel has lots of medical knowledge under her belt and is a wonderful addition to the Foothills team.
Dr Nicole Leslie
BSc BVMS (hons)
Nicole graduated from Murdoch in 2004 and has worked in both Perth and Melbourne in small animal clinics over the last 16 years. Nicole loves being a vet as she truly believes that animals bring something incredibly special to your life. She has an interest in dermatology and imaging including both X-ray and ultrasound.
Nicole, her husband Ben and two young boys love taking their dog Scout to the beach – it’s one of their favourite places, seeing all those happy dogs playing. When Nicole isn’t at work you’ll find her grabbing a coffee, playing piano or cooking.
Dr Julia Galvez
Julia grew up in Zaragoza Spain and moved to the UK before hopping to Australia in 2000. She has worked in many specialist centres in Perth in ECC before deciding to ditch night shift and work in the daylight hours.
Her special interests include, Preventative medicine, pain management, surgery, and chickens!
On her days off, you’ll find Julia hiking, doing yoga, or sustainable gardening.
Julia has a gorgeous pooch called Dopamine who is a Border Terrier extraordinaire – we know right, what a cool name!
Our Veterinary Nurses
Manager & 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 hospitals and has a great deal of experience in the veterinary field. Kelly’s role at Foothills now sees her doing a lot of the behind the scenes work to ensure we continue to run as a high standard. When nursing, Kelly has a special interest in animal behaviour and wildlife rehabilitation.
Kelly has been with the Foothills team for over 4 years and we couldn’t imagine it being the same without her!
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!
Alice joined us in early 2020 as a veterinary nurse and receptionist. Alice grew up in the Perth hills and after travelling extensively for a number of years, she returned to Perth and decided to start her nursing career. Alice started her vet nursing journey in 2016 and has since worked in a number of clinics around Perth.
She enjoys surgery nursing and wound management.
In her spare time, Alice loves to travel, visit the beach and explore new places with her Golden Retriever puppy, Mavis.
Keely has always had animals in her life from such a young age. When living in England as a young girl Keely would always bring home lost or injured animals. Keely has wanted to work with animals ever since then and after having three children she decided to follow her passion! She has been qualified and working in the community since 2008. Keelys special interest is customer relations, with years of practice management experience behind her. Keely also has a few fur babies name Holly, Marley and Angelina.
In her spare time she likes to traveling, snorkel and tend to her garden.
Bonnie graduated in 2017 and even received the VNCA award for her cohort. From a young age she has loved all animals and gets a great satisfaction when patients return to their owners happy and healthy. Bonnies special interests include dentistry, surgical nursing and senior pet health. Bonnie is mum to a 17yr old cat named whiskey and in her spare time loves to snorkel, play board games, complete puzzles and tend to her indoor plant collection.
Laura-Lee has been a registered nurse since 2010. Shes very passionate about making a difference to patients and their families lives every day. She enjoys continually learning new approaches to ensure patients are as safe and comfortable as they can possibly be whilst they’re in our care. Laura-Lee has a special interest in anaesthetic nursing, pocket pets and client education. In her spare time she is spending time with her pets Trax, Widget-Twinkles, Tolly-Mateo, Junior-Mint and Wentworth and she also dabbles in some cycling and exploring vegan/vegetarian foods.
Shanae’s love for animals grew from a very young age. You would find her bringing home injured baby birds and kittens.
She began her nursing in 2016 and decided to grow her wings and join us at Foothills in 2022. She is now an integral member of our nursing team!
Shanae’s special interests are surgical nursing, nutrition & neonate nursing.
On Shanae’s days off, you’ll find her camping, going to the beach & hanging out her fur babies Rocky the Boxer & Scoop the DSH.
Veterinary Nurse Assistant
Paige helps to keep everyone sane during our very busy days and we are so glad to have her as a part of the team! She is studying animal health and science at Murdoch, and is hoping to study veterinary science in the future. Paige loves all things with 4 legs and has a strong love for dogs particularly her baby Rizzy. Paige has a special interest in cancer research and development and in her spare time you’ll catch her playing sports and travelling.
Trainee Vet Nurse
Natasha is a jack of all trades she completed her Biomedical Science degree in 2020 and has been a volunteer at an animal rescue since 2019. Natasha has since decided on a career change because she loves to make a difference in the lives of people and their pets. She is now completing her Cert IV in Veterinary nursing and although she loves all animals, dogs have a very special place in her heart. Especially her baby Hannah.
Natasha has a special interest in Canine behaviour & surgical nursing and in her spare time enjoys travelling, cooking and camping.