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 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 PAIGE LUDBEY
Paige grew up in Tasmania, before moving to WA’s beautiful Kimberley region to fulfil her dream of being a jillaroo. After falling in love with the lifestyle and the cattle, she was inspired to study at Murdoch University, so she could begin to help all creatures great and small. Paige’s main interests are cattle and horse medicine but she enjoys the variety that being a mixed animal practitioner offers.
In her spare time, Paige enjoys trips to the beach and riding out on her horse Baz with the company of her ever-faithful border collies, Jill and newest recruit Scruff.
DR OLIVIA FRUZYNSKI
Olivia is originally from Perth, having spent several years in both Canada and the UK.
She fell in love with treating both big and small animals whilst studying at Murdoch University and was inspired to move to the country to help both people and their animals.
Olivia loves all creatures but especially cows!
DR KIRSTI ADDISON
Kirsti was born in South Africa, in a small town called Nelspruit, very close to Kruger National Park. Kirsti studied Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria where she initially thought her passion lay with treating small animals (dogs and cats) but, after graduating and working for the government for a year, she has discovered a love for treating production animals.
Kirsti spends her down time in the dance studio and also hiking with her dog, Kaya. She has wanted to move to Australia since the age of 4 and is grateful she has now had the opportunity to fulfil this dream, along with having the opportunity to work rurally and see a huge variety of animals on a daily basis.
DR ANINCA JORDAAN
Aninca hails from South Africa where after completing her Compulsory Community Service year for the South African government in the beautiful Kalahari region of the Northern Cape, she pursued her dream of working abroad and moved to Australia. She worked at a small animal practice In the Northern Territory before her love for mixed practice prevailed and she moved to York to join the Heartlands team.
She especially loves working with cattle and sheep but Is happy to treat any creature that crosses her path.
On her days off she loves spending time with her family in Mundaring, enjoys a good South African “braai” (BBQ) and being in the outdoors. Between snorkelling, camping and kayaking Aninca also loves trail running with her rescue Greyhound, Ivy.