The Team at
Foothills Animal Hospital
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 realised 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 loves animals of all shapes and sizes. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2005 and spent the next two years working in a mixed practice veterinary hospital. A horse riding injury encouraged her to move into small animal practice where she has been ever since.
Chris enjoys learning and expanding her knowledge and she 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 Spud 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. 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. Her and her partner share their home with their FIVE working dogs – Leo, Diva, Rocstar, Zumba and Minnie.
Rachel runs our Puppy Preschool classes and offers one on one behavioural and training consultations. Some of her hobbies include agility, trick training and sniffer dog training.
Rachel has lots of medical knowledge under her belt and is a wonderful addition to the Foothills team.
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.
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.
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!
Senior Clinical Nurse
Shanay has been working in the veterinary industry since 2011 and became qualified in early 2014. She has previously worked at Murdoch in the 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 parent’s stock feeding business and horse agistment centre – where her passion for horses and helping animals grew.
Along with her 2 horses that keep her busy she has two dogs named Tyson and Kora along with her cat Cindy.
Laura is born and bred in Perth and started her vet nursing career at Foothills in 2016. Laura deals with all marketing areas within the clinic including social media and event planning.
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.
In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse Linc, playing netball, bush walking and travelling to new places.
Jae joined the Foothills team as a nursing student but we soon realised she was too good to let go! She is now an integral member of our nursing 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 and is often found organising, setting up and monitrong our orthopaedic cases.
In her spare time Jae enjoys playing netball, visiting the beach and hanging out with her dogs Tia and Elliot.
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.
Charley joined the Foothills team as a kennel hand and very quickly decided she wanted to become a nurse. She transitioned into a trainee vet nurse role after signinig up for her Certificate IV in Veterinary nursing at tafe. Charley is a kind and helpful team member who we are so glad to have onboard and we know she will make an incredible nurse.
Charley does a great job at keeping the day running by ensuring all of the background tasks are complete. She is enjoying her nursing journey and learning more and more about surgical nursing by the day.
Charley has a Kelpie named Scout and a cat called Arlo – both rescues through Foothills 🙂
Ally started her vet nursing career in 2019 and came to us a work experience student. After seeing her amazing work ethic and the compassion she showed to her patients, we snapped her up and she is now one of our permanent nurses. Having previously worked with animals in kennels, animal shelters, wildlife centres and groomers (both dogs and cats) she has always had a passion to be apart of the animal welfare and veterinary industry.
She enjoys the surgical side of nursing but lately is liking the medical side of things. Ally has two Italian greyhounds who are her much loved fur babies and when not at work, she loves exploring new places with them.
We welcomed Morgan into the Foothills team in late 2020 and we are super excited to see what she has to bring. Morgan graduated as a vet nurse in 2018 and has been working at multiple vet clinics since then. She loves to travel to new and exciting places exploring the different foods they offer. When she’s not down at the beach on her standup paddle board, Morgan spends her time with her cat called Tinkerbelle. Morgan is currently studying a Masters in Human Resource Management and hopes to utilize her new degree within the animal industry. Her special interests are client communication and dental disease.