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. 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!

Dr. 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.

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!

Dr. Sue Cizek


Bio Coming Soon.

Jacquie McLeod

Registered Veterinary Technician
Jacquie was born and raised in Germany and moved to Canada in 2003.  She has always had an interest in the veterinary industry and when she was still in Germany she did a practicum at a veterinary clinic and decided that one day she would be in the veterinary field for good.
After moving to Canada and working at a variety of different jobs, Jacquie volunteered at a shelter for a few years further supporting her decision to pursue her dream career in veterinary medicine. She first took a veterinary assistant course and then after several years, moved forward with her education to secure a diploma as a veterinary nurse (RVT). Jacquie graduated from the distance veterinary technician course through Thompson Rivers University at the end of 2019.
During her time away from work Jacquie enjoys riding motorcycles with her partner and snuggling with her 2 cats and 2 dogs.
When asked why Jacquie chose veterinary nursing as a profession she replies, “I have always had a passion for animals and always felt that I wanted to be a voice for them.  Providing a voice for my patients, quality care and a positive experience for all animals that walk through our door is my goal.


Registered Veterinary Technician

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!


Registered Veterinary Technician

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.

Ashley De Vos

Registered Veterinary Technician Student
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.


Customer Services

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.


Customer Services

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.

Britt Thomson

Customer Services

Britt was born and raised in central Alberta and just recently relocated to the sunny Shuswap after years of dreaming of making the move. Britt joins us with a diploma in dental assisting and has worked in an administrative role in dental offices for many years, but decided to pursue her passion for animals and jump head first into veterinarian medicine.

Britt’s hobbies include: boating, hiking, snowboarding, consuming large amounts of coffee and living life with her 3 children and husband. She shares her home with a black lab named Rosie and 2 sweet calico kitties.