The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital

08 8952 9899

17 Elder Street, Alice Springs
After Hours : 1800 838 247

Meet Our Team


Dr. Debbie Osborne

Practice Owner (B.V.Sc)

Dr. Deb did the classic "Let’s move to Alice Springs, just for a year or two", and never left!  Deb is the practice owner and has proudly been a part of the Alice Springs community since 1984 when “we were just a small clinic on the North Stuart Highway”.

Deb became a vet because of a keen interest in science and medicine but the desire to treat more than just one species led her to choose veterinary medicine over human medicine.  She enjoys learning about the amazing advancements in medicine that we can put into practice to “improve the lives of our patients, and by keeping our patients healthier for longer, we are improving the lives of their owners”.

Deb’s goal is to “run the business as a place I would want my pets treated and employ staff I would want caring for my pets.” She believes that a great vet not only knows what’s best for the pet, but also how to make that work for the owner too.

Like most of us in the industry, Deb's pets have been mostly made up of strays or abandoned patients that she has fallen in love with at work. Sometimes our pets find us! Her family is made up of her husband Bryan, their two adult children, and a Kelpie named Sid who was originally purchased to help with Bryan's cattle work and a wolfhound cross originally from Timber Creek.

In the little spare time she has, Deb enjoys cooking and hiking, although rarely finds the time for the latter. One of her goals is to find the time to complete the Larapinta Trail.

Dr. Richard Bishop

Veterinarian (B.V.Sc)

Dr. Richard comes from a farming background but wanted a career with animals, not "machinery and crops". 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, Richard has always had an interest in surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedics, and enjoys the challenge of managing very involved medical cases. He is a very valued senior vet who kindly mentors our vet students and new grads and there doesn't seem to be much he doesn't know or can't do!

His family is made up of his wife Liz, two grown up children, two grandchildren and one very spoilt dog Jess (pictured). Richard believes "it is compulsory to have a sense of humour and fun in your work" so is always making us laugh. He is also a great believer in remaining calm, "there is no situation you cannot find a resolution to with a calm and reasoned approach", so we often go to Richard with our problems for help :) Dr. Bishop is known for his kind, gentle and loving manner with pets and is always talking to his patients who adore him!

Outside of work he is a gym and crossfit enthusiast, armchair sports fan (especially rugby union and cricket), a keen chess player and is interested in world share markets, current events and documentaries about the world we live in.

At staff meetings we all enjoy what we call "Story Time with Richard", where Richard shares with us his plentiful and amusing yarns from his long and varied career!


Dr. Anne Vastmans


Dr Anne was born in Belgium and has always had a love for animals including the medical side of animals. As Anne has always had this interest she decided to become a veterinarian and graduated from vet school in Belgium in 2016. After graduating Anne decided to become a backpacker in Australia; while travelling Australia she worked in a variety of farms. Anne started working at The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital in July 2021 as a vet nurse while doing exams to transfer Belgian vet degree to Australia. In January 2022 Anne’s Belgian vet degree had been transferred to Australia and is a vet at The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital. Anne enjoys interacting with animals and talking to their owners, and surgeries – specifically dentistry and soft tissue surgeries.

Outside work Anne enjoys running on trails with her dog Miki, travelling, camping and exploring with her partner David. Anne’s dog Miki is a kelpie x border collie – he loves to run and chase tennis balls.

Emily Bindle

Customer Service Manager

Emily was born and raised in Alice Springs. Emily can never remember a time growing up when there was not a family pet.

In Emily’s spare time she enjoys watching movies, going Four Wheel Driving, and camping. She also loves to cook and spending quality time with her family, including beautiful dogs Zoey, Ruby and Lilly, and cats Snowbell and Tinkerbell.

Emily was working retail when she saw a Facebook ad for a “Superstar Receptionist” at the Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital (ASVH). With her passion for animals and customer service she took the chance and applied, and joined the team at ASVH in April 2016.

Annette Cunningham

Administration (Certificate IV in Business Administration )

Morgane Soquet

Veterinary Nurse

Jess Taylor

Veterinary Nurse

Gabby Leslie

Veterinary Nurse

CJ Burke

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Steffi Howell

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

Steffi is originally from Melbourne, she completed her Bachelor of Animal & Veterinary Bio-sciences degree in 2015, after which she spent some years travelling.  Now settled in Alice Springs with her partner and cats, she is thoroughly enjoying working with animals again and studying again, to get her Veterinary Nursing certificate.

Steffi grew up on a hobby farm (with cows, goats, sheep, dogs and cats), enjoyed being outdoors around them, and always knew she wanted to work with animals.  Nursing suits her perfectly, it is a great balance between hands-on animal work, diagnostics, assisting with surgery, and learning.

She has worked in boarding kennels since being a teenager, but also had a short stint with reptiles during her degree.  She has also done the odd bit of bartending, and plenty of festival work!

Steffi joined our team at The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital in August 2020. She loves the variation of work, animals, cases and treatments.  No two days are the same! She also really enjoys surgery nursing, she finds it so incredibly interesting.

Steffi has two cheeky rescue cats – Mulga and Puca, some chickens and some fish. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and four-wheel driving, gardening, sewing, and travelling!

Jennifer Taylor

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

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