MEET THE

HEARTLAND VETS

DR TRACEY THORNTON

Tracey graduated from Murdoch University in 2000 and since then has worked in a variety of different jobs. For her first two years of general practice she worked in a wheatbelt mixed practice and then went back to Murdoch University where she completed two years further training in anaesthesia and critical care. Tracey completed her Membership qualifications in Veterinary Anaesthesia & Emergency Medicine in 2006.

Having previously worked in the wheatbelt and loved the sort of varied caseload it has to offer Tracey always wanted to return to the area and so, in 2008, opened Heartlands Veterinary Hospital in York. Her aim was to open a hospital which provided an excellent standard of care for animals in the country. Since 2008 the practice has steadily grown and is now way bigger than she ever envisaged!

Tracey has a menagerie at home made up of cats, dogs, horses and the odd stray animal that needs looking after! In her spare time she loves spending time with her animals, riding her horse “Socks”, cooking, photography and just generally relaxing!

DR HEATHER BARRETT

Heather graduated from Murdoch University and has worked in a number of different roles in small animals clinics in the Perth area, performing both general veterinary work as well as emergency work. Heather has Membership Qualifications in Animal Behaviour and has a keen interest in surgery and small animal dentistry.

Heather lives in Gidgegannup with a myriad of animals including her dog Tank and her horse Knight.

In her spare time Heather enjoys painting, riding her horse and spending time with her animals.

DR SOPHIE MUELLER

Sophie grew up in the Perth Hills and studied at Murdoch University.

She is interested in small and large animal medicine and surgery, and has a particular passion for treating companion exotics (birds, rabbits, reptiles, etc.) and Australian wildlife.

Sophie enjoys a bit of art and music in her spare time and currently looks after a cat (a Burmese called Simba), a dog (Maisy, a poodle x border collie), an assortment of chickens, two galahs, a canary, and her growing collection of indoor plants.

DR ANNELISE LANGE

Anney is a graduate from Murdoch University and a lifelong Perth local (but don’t hold that against her). She is very excited to be joining the Heartlands family and looks forward to meeting the Wheatbelt’s residents – both the human and furry variety!

Anney thinks all parts of being a vet are wonderful but has a particular love for animals with behaviour issues and anything cat related. Anney shares her home with her three dogs Sterling, Lana & Pam and her cat, Overlord Gumnut. Aside from being a vet, Anney’s favourite hobbies include painting, diving, hiking and gardening!

DR ESTHER VAN KAMPEN

Esther grew up on a property in Dardanup where her family bred Arabian horses and she rode from a young age. She has a particular interest in cattle medicine, emergency medicine and surgery, but says she is happy to see whatever walks, trots or scurries through the door!

Esther lives in York with her dog Pirri, which came from an Aboriginal camp near Uluru, and her very cuddly cat Milo, which she says is so old she can’t remember life without him!

On her days off you can find her planning her next hiking adventure, playing hockey or enjoying a G & T whilst watching the sunset.

DR MZURI DAVIES

Mzuri grew up on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria spending her spare time riding and convincing her mum to let her nurse all sorts of animals on their property!

Her move to Perth was only meant to be temporary but she fell in love with the lifestyle and the people and decided to study vet science at Murdoch University.

Mzuri has a special interest in wildlife medicine but loves anything with hooves!

Outside of work she spends time with her two dogs (Scout and Bernard) and goes on an outdoor adventure (especially the beach) whenever she can!

DR NATALIE ULLRICH

Dr Natalie has called York home for most of her life, attending York District High School as a primary school student.

In the years since graduating as a veterinarian from Murdoch University in 2009 she has worked in various mixed and small animal practices in Western Australia.

Outside of work she is kept busy looking after her three children and enjoys gardening and riding her horse.

DR CAITLIN GIARDINA

Caitlin is originally from the dairy region of Gippsland Victoria, living in Perth for the last 5 years. She has a passion (some would say obsession) for cattle medicine and production animals but she also enjoys treating all kinds of small animals in the clinic.

At home, Caitlin cares for her special cat Nimble who was born with a neurological condition making her quite an interesting character. In her spare time Caitlin enjoys getting away to the bush to go camping, playing sport (netball, tennis, lawn bowls) and painting.

DR LANA RUDMAN

Lana grew up in South Africa and England before her family finally decided to call Perth home in 2010. She joined Heartlands as a graduate vet from Murdoch University at the end of 2018. Lana is passionate about all things equine related! From colicky ponies to lame horses and everything in between.

When she is not out on the road you will find her in the clinic gladly stealing cuddles from all the dogs and cats in the building. In her spare time Lana enjoys riding her two horses (Fred and Flynn), reading a book, yoga and of course going to the beach

DR ASHLEE CLARE

Ashlee grew up in Esperance before moving to Perth to study at Murdoch University. She is excited to be a part of the Heartlands team and to become involved in the vibrant local wheatbelt community. She has a love for all aspects of mixed rural practice but is particularly interested in animals that are just itching to be seen (quite literally!), as well as small and large animal surgery.

Whilst Ashlee insists she is not “breedist”, she does admit she has a soft spot for Staffies. She currently has a lovely English Staffy called Bella. In her spare time you will find her at the beach, hiking or simply enjoying a good book and some sunshine!