Kristin Ripka D.V.M.

Kristin Ripka, DVM – Attended Washington State University for both undergraduate work and veterinary medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009, and started working at Deschutes shortly thereafter. Forming strong, long-term bonds with her clients and their pets as a general practitioner has been her life-long dream.

Her interests in veterinary medicine lay mostly in small animal surgery and internal medicine. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys hiking, reading, traveling (stateside and internationally), and spending time with her dog, Chester. She is on the board for Joint Animal Services Commission (JASCOM). Kristin and her family (husband Justin and son August) love exploring Thurston County and getting to know the area!

Justin Ripka, D.V.M

Justin Ripka joined Deschutes Animal Clinic in the fall of 2017. He attended Washington State University for both his undergraduate studies as well as for his veterinary education. This is where he met and wooed his future wife (the other Dr. Ripka!) and he is very excited to be able to work with her now. In 2009 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and began to work in Chehalis shortly afterwards for over 8 years until he started with Deschutes Animal Clinic.

Growing up with animals his whole life, he was instilled with respect and compassion for animals and decided that he would be a veterinarian when he was 5 years old. He feels very blessed that his dream was able to come to fruition. Dr. Justin Ripka’s interests in veterinary medicine lay in small animal dentistry, internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Ripka finds that the most important part of his work is to work with owners to help form an individualized plan to help treat and prevent health problems. He does not believe in cookie-cutter medicine.

In his spare time, Dr. Justin enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, brewing, music, spending time with his wife, and caring for his son (2014) and daughter (2018). He is also an active volunteer and President of Covenant Creatures, an Olympia-based non-profit focused on providing veterinary care to the low-income in our community. Justin has been active in the international community in veterinary relief trips and missions work to Haiti, Honduras, Thailand, and Mongolia. He hopes to continue this work once he is able to again.

Catherine Van Dusen D.V.M

Dr. Van Dusen is the newest Doctor to join our growing practice, and she brings with her some of the newest medicine Washington State University has to offer. Although she currently has no pets of her own, she enjoys fostering rescue animals that later will be adopted to their forever home!

Dr. Van Dusen is the newest Doctor to join our growing practice, and she brings with her some of the newest medicine Washington State University has to offer. Although she currently has no pets of her own, she enjoys fostering rescue animals that later will be adopted to their forever home!

Introducing the Support Staff at Deschutes Animal Clinic. Each member of our team is dedicated to making sure you and your pet are getting the best quality of care we can provide.

Attached is a video of just some of our amazing staff members. More photos coming soon!