Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital
542 Main Ave South, Twin Falls, ID 83301
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Meet Our Caring Veterinary Staff in Twin Falls, ID

Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital in Twin Falls, ID is here to provide the best services possible to your animals at an affordable price. Our veterinarians will dedicate the time needed to deliver the most expert care available by utilizing state-of-the-art technology and techniques. We treat your pets as if they were our own with trusted skills and a gentle touch.

Dr. Connie Rippel

Dr. Connie Rippel knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the beginning. In Kindergarten, she drew a picture (stick figure of course) of what she wanted to be when she grew up and it was a veterinarian. She raised many baby birds, turtles, etc. as a child. She worked as a kennel person for a local veterinarian as well as at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas where she grew up.

She went to the University of Wyoming for her undergraduate classes and then back to Kansas State University where she graduated from veterinary school in 1988. She moved to Twin Falls right out of college and worked at Green Cross Veterinary Hospital before opening up Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital in 1992. She loves having the opportunity to see so many different pets and people. It is a true joy to get to see some of the dogs and cats from when they were babies. Also she has been seeing some of her clients for over 25 years and their children are now clients. It really does feel like we are all part of a big family.
Dr. Connie Ripple - Veterinarians in Twin Falls, ID
In her free time she loves going on walks and hikes with her dogs as well as spending time taking care of her lawn and gardens. Backpacking with her spouse and dogs is a passion, but she laughingly admits that the backpacking trips have less altitude gain and are shorter than they used to be. Much of her free time is spent with family and babysitting or spending time with her many nieces and nephews

Dr. Paula Cox - Veterinarians in Twin Falls, ID

Dr. Paula Cox

Dr. Paula Cox is an east coast transplant. But since she has been here since 1995, she can truly call Idaho home. Dr. Cox earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in 1985. She then attended graduate school in New Orleans at Tulane University. In 1990 Dr. Cox received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University.

While in veterinary school, Dr. Cox met and married her husband Jay. After graduation, they moved to Wisconsin to start their veterinary careers. They both enjoy hiking, fishing, and outdoor sports, but five long winters on Lake Michigan was enough. On to Idaho!
Dr. Cox joined the staff of Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital in June 1995. She enjoys the challenges of internal medicine and surgery. She appreciates seeing a wide variety of patients and spending time with their owners. When not at work, Dr. Cox can be found with her husband, two children, or any combination of dogs, cats, or cows.


Dr. Lisa Latshaw

Dr. Lisa Latshaw was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended Penn State University for undergraduate school. She then took a year off to bicycle to Colorado and milk cows before attending veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with her VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris) degree in 1985. Dr. Latshaw has practiced in Pennsylvania, Washington, and Idaho since graduation. She is very detail oriented and enjoys diagnosing complicated cases as well as performing surgery.

She spends her free time swimming, bicycling, running, skiing, and when necessary doing yard work. On her days off, she is constantly in motion doing at least one or two of her favorite past times.
Dr. Lisa Latshaw - Veterinarians in Twin Falls, ID

Michelle Lewis, CVT

Michelle Lewis - Veterinary Technician in Twin Falls, ID
Michelle Lewis is a licensed veterinary technician. She started working for Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital in 1995 as a kennel assistant and found that she really enjoyed working in a veterinary hospital surrounded by animals and science. She graduated at the top of her class from the College of Southern Idaho Veterinary Technology Program as a member of the very first graduating class. She is an active advocate for the vet tech profession. She helped form the Idaho State Veterinary Technician and Assistants Association while in school. She started the ISVTA Magic Valley Chapter and has been the president for several years. Michelle has a passion for teaching and she stays involved with the upcoming vet techs by sitting on the ... Read more

Kim Hogue

Kim Hogue - Phlebotomist in Twin Falls, ID
Kim Hogue has worked in the veterinary field since 2000 and joined our team at Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital in 2006. She is an avid reader and is constantly devouring any and all information to better help her patient’s health and wellbeing. Her willingness to assist with anything makes her an invaluable team member and she can be found working in any area of the clinic. She is a member of the Idaho State Veterinary Technician and Assistants Association Magic Valley Chapter and is a certified Phlebotomist. She is our resident “cat whisperer.” We are lucky to have her. In Kim’s spare time she enjoys gardening, watching Netflix, and reading. She has a dog named Dory, who is the best grinner in the Magic Valley, as well as two very spoiled felines.

Connie Ostler, CVT

Connie Ostler - Veterinary Technician in Twin Falls, ID
Connie Ostler is a licensed veterinary technician. She was born and raised in Idaho, but left in 1978. She returned to Idaho with her husband and two small children in 1993. She started working at Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital in 1997 as a kennel assistant and is a regular attendee at the continuing education meetings that are scheduled around the valley. She is always interested in learning and staying up to date on new drugs and treatment options. She started college at the College of Southern Idaho in 2004 and graduated seven years later from the Veterinary Technology program. She continued her schooling and graduated again from CSI in 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in liberal arts. We are thankful she moved back to Idaho and decided to come work with us at Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital. She now has two grown children and she absolutely lives for the times when she can visit with her grandchildren. When she is not ... Read more

Andrea Fritz

Andrea Fritz - Veterinarian Receptionist in Twin Falls, ID
Andrea Fritz has been with Magic Valley Veterinary Hospital since 2009. She started as a kennel assistant and now is the first person to greet our clients, our trusted receptionist. She does her best to try to keep the doctors running on schedule so our clients don’t have to wait. She is always willing to try to help find a time that will be convenient to our clients so we can help their pet.

Andrea was born and raised in Southern Idaho. She has been an avid horseman her entire life and this has given her a unique understanding of the human-animal bond. She enjoys sharing and teaching her 4-H group, the Bridle Brats. Andrea is devoted to her family and loves spending time with her younger siblings and spouse. She also helps him run their trucking business. She has a menagerie of animals including horses, dogs, and cats, and is hoping to add a goat or two in the near future.
Karlee Lambert - Head Kennel Assistant in Twin Falls, ID

Karlee Lambert

Karlee Lambert is our head kennel assistant. She is very energetic and always willing to help so she can be found in all parts of the hospital. She is extremely friendly and outgoing and was a great addition to our staff in 2014. She grew up in Kimberly, moved away for a while, but then moved back to her home state of Idaho. In her free time she enjoys going to all sorts of rap/heavy rock/and metal band concerts. She loves giving Dr. Rippel a hard time because Dr. Rippel never has heard of any of the bands she enjoys. She has a passion for working on cars, especially her Subaru. Karlee is involved with a Subaru club and even has a Subaru tattoo. She loves spending time with her cat, dogs, and hedgehogs, and of course her grandparents. She has a deep interest in exotic animals such as reptiles and amphibians, and especially her” little hogs”.
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