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 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.

Dr Jessie Eldridge




 Jessie was one of our original veterinary nurses who has since gone on to become a qualified veterinarian. She qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2011 and a veterinarian in 2018.

Dr 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 along with her menagerie of rescue animals.



Our Veterinary Nurses


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.


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

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.


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 sitting business to ensure she received her ‘animal fix’ and now runs 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 and exploring new bush walking trails with the dogs she takes care of and travelling.


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, son Casey, 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 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.


Veterinary Nurse

Emily graduated from Applied Vocational Training (AVT) in 2016 and joined our nursing team in 2018. She dreams of one day owning her own hobby farm surrounded by animals!

She shares her home with Briggs the cat, Cooper the dog and a rabbit called Bunny.

Emily’s special interests are general nursing, canine and feline behaviour and animal welfare. In her spare time, she enjoys finding new dog walking trails and going for hikes with Cooper.


Veterinary Nurse


Beth has always loved animals and knew since she was little, that she would pursue a career with them. Born and raised in Bunbury, her first step along this path was getting a job at the Dolphin Discovery Centre! From here, a job with Geovet in Busselton, was next and where she completed her Cert II in Animal Studies. When Beth moved to Perth in 2017, she began studying her Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing which she is due to complete at the end of this year. With an interest in canine behaviour and training, she hopes to further her studies and education in that field.

Beth shares her home with a pink and grey galah named Peanut and a Labrador Retriever named Baloo.


Veterinary Nurse

Jen graduated as a vet nurse in 2001 and has worked across a number of clinics in Perth including WAVES, a 24hr emergency hospital. She enjoyed working abroad for two years as an au pair. Jen also has extensive experience in recruitment. Je joined the Foothills team in late 2018 as a nurse and receptionist.

In her spare time, Jen enjoys spending time with her daughter, bush walking and reading.

Jen has a dog called Poppy and a cat called Alvin.


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. 


Trainee Veterinary Nurse


Ally has been studying vet nursing since the beginning of 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

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

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