The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital

08 8952 9899

17 Elder Street, Alice Springs
After Hours : 03 8644 6104

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

Veterinarian

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 (Accredited Veterinary Receptionist)

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.


Morgane Soquet

Head Nurse

Morgane came to Australia from Paris in 2013 just for a year… wanted to visit Alice Springs just for a few months (sound similar?!) and yet she has been in Alice for 8 years, met her partner, bought a house and now have a baby! Morgane loves spending time with her family (pets included), swimming and gardening.

Morgane and her partner have 2 pets together; Chilly and Weasley. Chilly (shown in picture) is an Australian Cattle Dog x. Adopted from the Alice Springs Animal Shelter when she was only 3 days old, hand raised by Morgane – typical foster failure! She is the best even though she had the most medical problems a dog could have!!
Weasley is a Domestic Medium Hair also adopted from the Alice Springs Animal Shelter. Morgane always wanted a ginger cat and he is quite something…! Very funny, cool, cheeky and loving personality. You can never get bored with this guy.

Before working at The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital in February 2020 Morgane worked at the Alice Springs Animal Shelter for a couple of years then at Bark n’ Bath, she enjoyed being with happy puppies at doggy day care but also learnt how to groom dogs and cats which she misses a lot!

As many Morgane has always loved animals, after working at the Alice Springs Animal Shelter she really wanted to be able to medically help them. This is why Morgane started studying the Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing.

Morgane absolutely loves surgery, specifically orthopaedics however, also loves being able to help in the patient recovery and help them feel better. “It’s always very rewarding to see an animal go back home as their normal self.” Morgane is very obsessed with her work as she loves it so much (ask any of her work colleagues how often she came in just to hang out during her maternity leave!)


Jess Taylor

Registered Veterinary Nurse

Jess grew up in Sydney, NSW and spent most of her time in the suburb of Cronulla. She was brought up in a big family of 6. Growing up, they spent a lot of time outdoors and were big on hiking and camping. From a young age, the veterinary industry always interested Jess. Her family has always had a big love for pets and animals so it just felt right when she signed up and started working in clinic. Jess started vet nursing in 2018 and has worked mainly in Sydney before coming to Alice. She has worked in a variety of clinics within the eastern suburbs and Sutherland Shire of Sydney, working mainly with small animals. When she moved to Alice Springs just over a year ago with her partner for work and “we have loved the change”. Jess started at The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital in October 2021 and has been a valued member of the team since.

She enjoys the versatility of being a vet nurse. Working in so many areas within the clinic; from anaesthesia, hospitalisation, critical care, radiology, diagnostics to nurse consulting. Mostly she loves seeing patients improve under our care. To see them go home a completely different pet brings her joy.

Jess has acquired two beautiful pets since moving to Alice Springs. Pictured is her puppy Bitter and she also has a kitten called Pinchy at home. They love to play fight with each other and get along very well – mostly!

Everything about vet nursing and this industry is interesting! She loves interesting surgical cases, analysing diagnostics and blood work, working on fascinating radiology cases and caring for patients in hospital.

Outside of work, her interests are mainly keeping fit, enjoy being healthy and happy. Spending time with the friends she has made in Alice and being able to experience new parts of Australia she hasn’t seen before.


Gabby Leslie

Registered Veterinary Nurse


CJ Burke

Trainee Veterinary Nurse

In August 2021 CJ joined The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital team; he always wanted a career in caring for animals and that way he could do volunteer work with animals in Australia and overseas. CJ loves watching dogs get super excited to see their owners but more so when they get super excited to see the vet staff.

CJ is originally from Sydney but moved away in 2002 and never looked back. He has lived in Southern Tasmania for 7 years, Newcastle NSW for 8 years. Travelled around Europe, Asia, Canada and New Zealand, but now he is hooked on exploring all over Australia. Previously CJ has worked been a Landscaper, building, horticulturalist, plant nurseries and in construction.

CJ owns an English Staffy x named Arya “my heart, my special little munchkin”. Arya is also the happiest dog on earth. Outside work CJ enjoys ADVENTURES!!! Hiking, camping, mountain biking, bush walks with Arya, dancing at festivals and CrossFit. 


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

Jen is an Alice Springs born local. She enjoys spending her time with her partner, pets and seeing her family and friends regularly. Previously Jen worked at the Alice Springs Animal Shelter and in a few hospitality and retail settings. Outside of work Jen’s interests include, crafts, baking, MX riding, volunteering at the Alice Springs Animal Shelter and frequent visits to the Cinema.

She has always had a passion working with animals; having many pets growing up and working at the Alice Springs Animal Shelter. She saw vet nursing as an opportunity to explore a career path that will allow her to do what she loves. Since starting at The Alice Springs Veterinary Hospital in February 2022 she has found she really enjoys being hands on and learning different skills and procedures. She especially enjoys assisting the Vets in surgeries.

Jen has 2 pets at home Buddy and Daisy. Buddy is a five-year-old Golden Lop who's the queen of the castle and Daisy a one-year-old Parson Russell cross rescue who loves to dote on her older bunny sister.


  
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