Riverton Veterinary Clinic has been providing quality healthcare for dogs and cats for over thirty years. Under new ownership, the experienced team of veterinarians, technicians and client care representatives are committed to providing the highest quality in companion animal medical care. We offer preventative services as well as surgical and dental procedures.

Additionally, we are dedicated to educating our clients to ensure your pet lives a long and healthy life, and to treating each dog and cat as if it were our own.

Riverton Veterinary Clinic is your trusted partner for your pets’ long term health and happiness.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Dale Smith, DVM

Clinic Owner

Dr. Smith was born and raised in Southern California. His love for skiing and the mountains brought him to Utah many years ago. He spent his summers as a wrangler at a summer camp in Antimony, Utah, and attended the University of Utah, where he earned a B.S. in biology. He then attended Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Smith studied and practiced in Baltimore and Philadelphia, then returned to Utah and opened an orthopedic referral practice in Salt Lake City. He has two wonderful children. Dr. Smith has 2 Golden Doodles, Jack and Frankie, and a Devon Rex named Willow. He also shares his life and house with his 33-year-old Amazon Parrot, Bob. He continues to enjoy the vast outdoor opportunities that Utah has to offer.

Dr. Kim Ingraham

Dr. Kim Ingraham, DVM, CVA

Medical Director

Dr. Ingraham is a Utah native. She received her BS degree in Bio-Veterinary Science at Utah State University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. After graduation, she married a career military service member and traveled with him for the next ten years. During this time, she had the honor of working in Okinawa, Japan, North Carolina, Washington, and Arizona before coming back and settling in Utah.

Dr. Ingraham managed a veterinary clinic in West Valley City for the past twenty years before coming to Riverton Veterinary Clinic. She received her certificate to practice Veterinary Acupuncture in 2007 and believes this modality has greatly helped many of her patients. Her interests are improving the human-animal bond through client education and dedicated care of her patients. Dr. Ingraham has two amazing sons and enjoys camping and boating with them outside of the clinic.

Dr. Sara Shaw, MS, VMD

Dr. Sara Shaw is originally from Pennsylvania and she earned her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. She moved to Utah in 1996 and has been practicing veterinary medicine here since then. For many years, she also taught human anatomy at Westminster College.

She has five adult children who also live in Utah and many family members and friends back in Pennsylvania. Dr. Shaw currently lives with her senior dog, Cody, and elderly cat, Grace. She also owns a beautiful paint horse, Roxy. When not working, her hobbies include hiking, traveling, horseback riding, and bicycling.

Dr. Shaw enjoys internal medicine, wellness, and pediatric aspects of veterinary care. Due to her teaching background, she also loves client education. Working with a great veterinary team has always been important to her and she knows she has found it here at Riverton Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Sara Shaw
Dr. Jessy Albergo

Dr. Jessy Albergo, MPH, DVM

Jessy Albergo is an Illinois-native who graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. After receiving her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and her Masters in Public Health, Albergo decided to leave the Midwest in search of mountains and less gruesome winters. This search landed her in Utah.

Dr. Albergo enjoys preventive medicine, public health, and client education. She likes to take a team-based approach with her clients to develop the best diagnosis and treatment plan for their pets.

Outside of work, Dr. Albergo enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors. She lives with her husband and 2 pitbull mixes- Eleanor and Odin. She is excited to make Riverton Veterinary Clinic her new home and work with all of you!

Dr. Jessica Zelnik, DVM

Dr. Jessica Zelnik was born in the US Virgin Islands and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Washington State University.  Dr. Zelnik has been a practicing veterinarian in the Salt Lake Valley since 2009 and joined us here at University Veterinary Hospital in the fall of 2012.  She has received advanced training in dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and pain management.

Jessica is an avid skier and mountain biker.  She also enjoys running and hiking with her dogs: Kami, a Boxer, and Jake, a Schnauzer mix.

Dr. Valerie Schuster, DVM

Dr. Schuster is originally from central Wisconsin. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Exercise Science from the University of Cincinnati in 2012 and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin in 2017. She has a special interest in nutrition, dentistry, preventative wellness, and client education. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, boating, and spending time with her family. Her best friend is Elsa, a beautiful golden retriever.

Lance Bermudez Ward

Practice Manager

Lance started his veterinary experience at the age of 13 and continued in the field becoming a licensed Veterinary Technician. He brought his considerable experience to Riverton Veterinary Clinic in January 2020 and is excited for the new adventures that await him as he serves the clients and patients of RVC. Lance enjoys client education and empowering staff to be the best they can be. While not working, you will find him spending time with his husband and three girls. He enjoys running, hiking, and walking his two Yorkies, Tinker and Bell.

Lance Bermudez Ward

Nichole Finley

Lead Technician

Nichole has been working in the veterinary medicine field for over 10 years. She started working as a boarding technician after graduating high school and continued working and training to be a veterinary technician while she pursued her college degree. Nichole received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences with an emphasis in Equine Science from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. In March of 2020, Nichole joined the Riverton Veterinary Clinic team. She is excited to be a part of the team and ensure that exceptional and personal patient care is provided to all patients.

Nichole has always loved the outdoors – camping, hiking, or a day at the lake are her favorites. But even more so, she enjoys riding her horse, Noodle. Nichole has a beagle mix named Paisley who is always by her side, and may even be seen around the clinic “sitting pretty” for her treats from her favorite people at the front desk.

Denise Kovacevic

Lead Customer Care Representative

Originally from the Bay area, Denise joined Riverton Veterinary Clinic in 2020 bringing expertise in Customer Care. As the Clinic’s lead Receptionist, she is a dedicated professional, passionate about helping beloved pets who are not able to speak for themselves. She is proud to work with skilled and accomplished Veterinary professionals, delivering quality, compassionate care to our patients and their parents. Outside of work, Denise enjoys paddleboarding, cooking, crafts, solving puzzles, and learning something new every day.

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“The doctors and staff at Riverton clinic are so caring and friendly. The love my pups like I do. I have one with a unique genetic disease that they treat and one that eats everything in sight. They’ve saved both of their lives multiple times. We love Riverton Vet.”

– Ashley