Welcome to Uptown Animal Hospital!

We are proud to provide veterinary services to cats and dogs in Salmon Arm and the surrounding area. Our clinic was started by Dr.Taryn Cass and Dr.Kirsten Riphagen, and we aim to create a low stress experience for pets and their people.

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide extraordinary care to your four-legged family members in a knowledgeable, low stress and creative way. Our empathetic team is here to guide and support the connection between you and your pet.

We strive to treat each pet as if they are a member of our own family.

Our Caring & Compassionate Veterinary Team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Uptown Animal Hospital in Salmon Arm! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at (250) 833-5364 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Dr. Bhandal


Dr. Bhandal is a Board-Certified Small Animal Surgeon and a member of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in all aspects of Veterinary Surgery to the Uptown Team!

Taryn Cass


Dr. Taryn Cass graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Since that time she has worked in many areas including a mixed animal practice in Fort St.John, a small animal specialty practice and emergency medicine. Dr. Cass now lives just outside Salmon Arm on a farm where she spends time with her 5 children, loving husband and menagerie of farm animals. Dr. Cass prides herself on quality medicine and a fear free approach.

Kirsten Riphagen


Dr Kirsten Riphagen grew up on a farm in southern Alberta, and graduated from the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She has lived in BC since then, first in Kelowna, and now in Vernon. For the first few years in practice she worked in a busy emergency practice. More recently she has focused on working in general practice for numerous small animal clinics between Vernon and Westbank. Dr. Riphagen has worked with several volunteer veterinary projects and groups to provide veterinary care to underserved communities in Canada and internationally and has worked very hard to become Level 2 Fear Free certified!



Ashley is a graduate of the Thompson Rivers University, Veterinary Technician program in 2013. She has recently moved to Salmon Arm and is excited to get to know the community through working with pets and their families. Her interest is in anesthesia, client education, and a fear free approach to handling pets. She enjoys spending her non-working time exploring Salmon Arm and the surrounding areas while skiing, gardening and hiking with her pooch, Wiley!



Leanne grew up in central Alberta and went to school at Lakeland College in Vermilion Alberta. She graduated from the Animal Health Technician program in 2004 and has been licensed 16 years. Leanne has worked on dairy farms, and in mixed animal and small animal veterinary practices. She has lived in Salmon Arm 9 years and is excited to be part of a clinic that also values a low stress approach. Leanne’s areas of interest are animal behavior and nursing care. She shares a home with 3 kids, 2 bunnies, a bearded dragon, a dog, and a very understanding husband.


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Cathy grew up in Alberta, but Salmon Arm has been her home for over 12 years. After graduating with a Science degree many years ago, she stepped into the Veterinary field, fell in love with it and has never left!  Cathy’s family crew includes two cats, a dog, two horses, a bearded dragon and two teenagers! She cherishes outside time with her family, kayaking, hiking and exploring the fabulous lakes of the Shuswap. That “wet dog” smell gives her joy! Cathy is excited to be part of the Uptown team, serving the furry family members of this great community.



Jenny grew up in Sheffield, England, and has always loved being outdoors exploring the countryside be it hiking or biking. Interestingly, Jenny studied Law at university but realised that her real passion revolves around animals. Jenny has two miniature shetland ponies that moved with her and her partner to Canada in 2018 that she loves to drive. Stay tuned for more pictures of them. When asked how Jenny likes Canada, she responded: We absolutely adore it here because not only is the hiking and biking outstanding but we can also ski and kayak! I am excited to explore and see all the beautiful scenery and animals Canada has to offer.


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Daryl-Lynn grew up in Sherwood Park Alberta and has always had a fond love of animals as well as people.

Daryl-Lynn joins us with a veterinary assistant certificate, 4 years of experience in the field, a one eyed dog named Prudence and 2 furry felines named Chunk and Meatloaf.


Originally from Revelstoke BC, Ashley has lived in Salmon arm for 14 years. She has recently entered the field of Veterinary medicine after a successful career in Wealth Management. Ashley is currently studying to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys gardening, beekeeping, hiking, camping, and snowboarding. She is joined on her little hobby farm by her husband, two kids, two cats, a dog, a rabbit, many chickens and honeybees.