Meet Our Team


Debbie Osborne

Practice Owner (B.V.Sc)

Debbie has worked at the Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital (formerly Alice Springs Veterinary Clinic...

Lauren Filce

Veterinary Practice Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing;Diploma of Practice Management; Certificate IV in Bussiness Administration)

Lauren joined our team as our new Practice Manager in November 2014. She started her career as a veterinary nurse on the east coast in 1996. With her team managing skills and passion for business she moved into veterinary practice management in 2005 working both on the Sunshine Coast, QLD and Darwin, NT. Lauren has recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Business Administration. We are excited to have her here with us, implementing novel ideas within our practice.

Kristen Smith

Customer Service Manager (Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)

Originally from Sydney, Kristen has a varied employment history, having previously worked in propert...

Emily Bindle


Emily grew up in Alice Springs, where she completed Year 12 at Our Lady of  the Sacred Heart College. Emily spent time working in both hospitality and retail, until her passion for animals and customer service lead her to join our team as a Recptionist in April 2016. In her spare time Emily loves to cook and spend time with her beatiful dog Zoe.

Richard Bishop

Veterinarian (B.V.Sc)

Richard has been in the veterinary industry for more than 35 years, having extensive experience working with companion animals, working dogs, cattle, sheep, horses, goats, alpaca and some pigs and poultry. Originating from New Zealand, he started in South Otago in 1980 then in 1985 spent 25 years in Central Otago. From 1987 he went into partnership in Central Vets until 2005 where he then went into partnership with Advanced Vets for 3 years. Richard has always had an interest in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedics, and enjoys the challenge of managing very involved medical cases.

Outside of work, he is a gym and crossfit enthusiast, chess player, follows sports; especially the rugby, and also follows sharemarkets for land and world events avidly.

Richard currently has a 5 year old staffy cross named Jess, a very beloved family member who is at this stage living with Richard's family back in New Zealand. Richard hopes Jess may come to Australia next year.


Audrey Siah

Veterinarian (B.Sc. B.V.M.S.)

Audrey is originally from Singapore. She obtained her veterinary degree from Murdoch University in WA then returned to Singapore where she spent several years in a variety of veterinary practices. In 2010, Audrey took a locum position at the Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital. Fortunately for us, she decided to stay and became a permanent member of the veterinary team in January 2011. Audrey enjoys all aspects of companion animal veterinary practice but has a special interest in challenging medical cases and ultrasound. Audrey has one cat, Charli. When not working, Audrey and her husband enjoy rock climbing and spending time in the great central Australian outdoors.

Audrey is easing back into casual work after being on maternity leave and is working some Saturdays.

Kate Opitz

Veterinary Nurse (Certifivcate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Kate is originally from Melbourne but has been living in the NT (Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs) f...

Ana Bolanos

Veterinary Nurse

Ana started working in the veterinary industry in Colombia in 2008. Ana and her husband moved to Mel...

Omar Salazar

Veterinary Nurse (Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing)

Omar is originally from Colombia, where in 2003 he started working in the veterinary industry.  Omar joined us in June 2015 and has proved to be a wealth of knowledge and valued member of the Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital team. As well as extensive in clinic experience, Omar has been actively involved in conservation projects and zoo work. He is committed to animal wellbeing and has a special interest in birds. In his spare time Omar enjoys getting out in nature to go hiking and camping.

Alex Coulsell

Trainee Nurse (Certificate II in Animal Studies)

Alex grew up on the Gold Coast, where she completed a Certificate II in Animal Studies and spent some time gaining experience in the animal industry at a local wildlife park. Alex relocated to Roma and started her career in the veterinary industry, working for 12 months as a trainee Veterinary Nurse. She moved to Alice Springs in August 2015 to join our team and aims to complete her Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing. Alex has a passion for travel and is keen to plan some future adventures.  

Ray Jones

Trainee Nurse (Certificate II in Animal Studies)

Ray, originally from North East Victoria, joined Alice Springs Veterinary team in March 2016.

In 2015, Ray had decided to travel through the UK and Europe returning back to Australia to spend Chrsitmas catching up with friends in Alice Springs. Working as a general mechanic for years and having a change of heart, Ray found the oppotunity to do some work experience with the Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital and amazingly loved it, accepting the position of a Trainee Veterianry Nurse.

Ray enjoys travel, rock climbing, MTB, snowboarding/ski, and has hopes to someday be able to play the Ukulele.   

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