We want you to feel comfortable with us as your veterinarians. Please take some time you get to know a little more about us.
Together, Dr. Ridgway and Dr. Smart write pet care columns for a selection of western Canadian community newspapers and livestock articles for various North American Magazines. We hope to help Princeton and area pet, equine and livestock owners take the best care of their animals they can.
Dr. Lynn Smart-Ridgway
I was raised on a small farm near Tulameen. Along with the usual farmyard menagerie of horses, pigs, sheep, chickens and dogs, was an assortment of more unusual pets. Tame squirrels, song birds, Canada geese and deer were all a part of growing up in the country. I was an animal lover from the earliest age, and always knew I wanted to spend my life helping them in some way.
I received my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and then worked in rural mixed and large animal practice in Saskatchewan before opening a companion animal practice in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with my husband, Dr. Ryan Ridgway. Cascade Veterinary Clinic is our second venture into practice ownership, and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities. I am excited to be returning to my hometown and look forward to helping old friends and new faces alike.
I also enjoy running, hiking, sewing, gardening, and baking. I attempt to play the fiddle. However, my favourite pastime is spending time with our dog, Ella, and cat, Ginger, who are both wonderful companions, and can turn even the bluest day around!
I believe in practicing veterinary medicine with patience and compassion, and strive daily to understand each situation from both the owner's and patient's perspective. I understand that medicine is complex and often confusing and will always do my best to help you understand your animal's situation. I look forward to getting to know you and providing quality medicine for your pets!
Dr. Ryan Ridgway
I grew up on a farm just outside of Avonlea, an hour south of Regina, Saskatchewan. Growing up on a mixed farm started me on the path to becoming a veterinarian early. I've always had many pets from cows to horses, chickens to cats, frogs and salamanders to rabbits. My whole life I've strove to understand how animals think and feel. Even now, I try to make my visits with my patients as stress free as possible.
I received a degree in Animal Science from the University of Saskatchewan before completing my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, I worked in rural mixed and large animal practice for several years in Saskatchewan, and opened a companion animal practice in Swift Current, Saskatchewan with my wife, Dr. Lynn Smart. Cascade Veterinary Clinic is our second venture into practice ownership, and I look forward to new opportunities and getting to know this beautiful area of B.C.
When I'm not working as a veterinarian, I enjoy blacksmithing, welding, fly fishing and playing my guitar and bodhran. I also enjoy training and working with horses when I get the time.
Along with Lynn, I write many articles on animal health care, blacksmithing and general farming for magazines and newspapers across North America.
I believe that by taking care of people's pets in as stress free of manner as possible, I can play an important role in human medicine as well by reducing the stress on the owners. I also feel that preventative medicine is best medicine for large and small animal patients alike.
Gary Smart- Veterinarian Assistant
Gary is an animal lover who lives on a small farm near Tulameen. He enjoys reading, studying nature, spending time with his dog Gyp, and computers. He is author of a book on edible plants of the Tulameen area. Gary assists with cleaning and organization at Cascade Veterinary Clinic.
Sarah Hurd- Veterinarian Assistant
Sarah grew up in Princeton and attended Princeton Secondary School. She grew up with dogs, iguanas as well as love birds! In her teen years she enjoyed helping out at a dog sledding operation where her passion for huskies started. These days she has one husky named Koba and 2 cats. She has an active family and enjoys hiking and getting outdoors as often as possible. Sarah is excited about the never ending learning experience that comes with working in a clinic.
Emma Jameson- Registered Veterinary Technician
Emma graduated as a Registered Veterinary Nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK in 2001. She has had a varied career including equine nursing at two large equine referral hospitals, mixed farm and equine practice and small animal practice in the UK and BC.
Emma moved to Princeton with her husband and menagerie of animals in 2010. She loves calling our small town home, and is now raising a young family here. She also enjoys running, snowboarding and most of all riding.
Kennady Holland-Krenn- Receptionist
Kennady was born and raised in Princeton. Attended Princeton Secondary School and graduated in 2015. She has always loved animals and has grew up on her family's hobby farm, which has the usual mix of animals such as the chickens, horses, ducks, cats and dogs. Kennady currently has a dog , 2 cats and 1 horse but is hoping to add to her collection. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time outside and hanging out with her family and friends.