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

Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian

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 Jitender Bhandal

Veterinarian

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

Veterinarian
Dr. Sue grew up in Nova Scotia and graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1997. She settled in BC in 1999 when she came for a vacation and never left.  After investigating the Shuswap and surrounding area, Dr.Sue finally decided to put roots down in Salmon Arm and started Pals with Paws in 2004. Since then she has remained an important part of the veterinary community. In her free time, Dr. Sue enjoys her 2 dogs, gardening and enjoying the outdoors.

Dr. Momin Iqbal

Veterinarian
Dr. Momin Iqbal is a recent graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Edmonton where he completed his BSc degree, Momin is excited to join the team at Uptown Animal Hospital and get to know the community in Salmon Arm.
He found his passion for veterinary medicine while volunteering and working with stray animals abroad. He has an interest in canine and feline internal medicine and is certified in the fear free approach to practice.
In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, weight lifting and going on relaxing walks with his cat, Oreo. He is looking forward to exploring the numerous hiking trails Salmon Arm has to offer

Jacquie Vallee

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.

Ashley Doty

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 Schmidt

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.

Jenny Gleadhall

Assistant

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.

Kerri Eburne

Assistant

Kerri has joined the Uptown team with over 10 years experience as a certified veterinary assistant. She recently moved to the Shuswap and is having fun getting to know the area with her husband and two dogs. In her free time Kerri likes to hike, garden, snowshoe, and go fishing.

Cathy Burrus-Simpson

Customer Service

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.

Britt Thomson

Customer Service

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.

Robyn Binks

Customer Service

Robyn started her dream career all the way back 1999. Starting out as a kennel assistant, Robyn has been fortunate to experience and work in many areas of the veterinary hospital setting. After a move to the Shuswap, from the lower mainland, she finds so much enjoyment being outside and exploring the lakes and trails of the North Shuswap and surrounding areas.