Jeffrey D. Moss, DVM Celeste Spini, DVM (951) 395-0398
Meet our team...
Dr. Moss, Amanda, & Dr. Spini
About Dr. Moss:
Dr. Moss graduated from UC Davis Veterinary school in 2005 after completing his undergraduate studies in animal science from Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Moss is very involved in the use of cooled and frozen semen in both bovine and equine reproduction. He also has additional training in equine dentistry and joint injection techniques which supports his interest in performance horse medicine. Dr. Moss donates many hours to equine rescue organizations where he has taken a leadership role in the plight of the unwanted or neglected horse. He also gives many guest lectures at 4-H and FFA clubs, equestrian riding clubs, and local schools. Dr. Moss is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Moss always wanted to be a veterinarian. His love of animals was evident from an early age as he worked alongside his father, an FFA advisor at San Pasqual High School in Escondido. As he grew older, Dr. Moss would tell anyone who would listen that he was going to be a veterinarian. His aptitude for science began in 4H and FFA where he raised hogs and calves. Dr. Moss continues to dedicate his life to animals. He believes that through volunteerism and education, people will learn better animal husbandry practices and in turn improve the lives of their animals. Dr. Moss is grateful for his career in animal health and finds each day different, highly challenging and equally rewarding. Dr. Moss resides in Temecula with his wife Stephanie and their three children, Emily, Steven and Laci. In his free time he loves to go fishing with his son, waterskiing, and watching his kids play sports and many other outdoor/water activities.
About Dr. Spini:
Dr. Celeste Spini is a recent graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed her clinical year at Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine.She attended San Diego State University as an undergraduate, where she majored in Kinesiology and Physical Therapy.Dr. Spini is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Spini is originally from Fairfield, in Northern California.She spent the majority of her summers spending time on her family’s dairies, where she often worked with the local veterinarian.Dr. Spini has always dreamt of being a veterinarian, and she spent much of her life volunteering at local veterinary hospitals. While in veterinary school, she realized her true passion lies in reproduction.Dr. Spini enjoys both equine and bovine reproduction, and has experience with live cover, cooled, and frozen semen.Through her internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, in Lexington, KY, she was able to sharpen her skills in equine reproduction and see the entire process through, from breeding mares to performing new foal exams.Also while at Rood and Riddle, Dr. Spini worked extensively with foals and thoroughly enjoys foal medicine. In addition to reproduction, Dr. Spini enjoys routine wellness exams, lameness exams, floating teeth, and educating clients on animal husbandry, as well as current vaccination and de-worming protocols. Dr. Spini loves the challenge of working with many species on a daily basis.She has found her true calling and finds her work as a large animal veterinarian extremely gratifying. Dr. Spini lives in Temecula with her husband, Jameson, their newborn son, Easton, their Chocolate Lab, Dixie, and Golden Retriever, Bear.In their spare time, they enjoy spending time with family, going to country concerts and being outdoors.
About Amanda Smith, RVT:
Amanda was born in Anaheim, CA. At the age of four, upon riding and working with horses for the first time, she knew she wanted them in her life forever and to work with horses in the veterinary field one day as a career. At the age of twelve, after acquiring her own horse and moving with her mom to AZ, she became very involved in 4-H and enjoyed showing. They moved back to CA with the animals when Amanda was sixteen so that she could go to college and be nearer to her grandma. Amanda graduated from Biola University in 2006 with a BS in Biology. She then attended San Diego Mesa College, and in 2008 graduated with an AS in Animal Health Technology. In December 2008, she passed her state board exam and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She worked at an equine emergency/surgical referral hospital from 2008-2013. Amanda also worked at another local practice as an office administrator and ambulatory technician from 2010-2014. Since 2012, Amanda has been Dr. Moss' technician and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work alongside an amazing vet, while getting to meet and work with amazing patients and clients in the field. Amanda lives in Temecula and is married to Wayne. In September of 2016, they welcomed their baby daughter, Autumn, into the world. They enjoy spending time together as a family, and discovering the world with their daughter, as well as fellowshipping with friends, drinking a good cup of coffee, and looking after their horses, dogs, cat, and leopard geckos.
About Aaron Merten:
Since 2013, Aaron Merten has been dedicated to the care of animals both small and large, at the time employed as a show- and barn-groom for dressage trainers and their clients out of a commercial boarding facility in Northern San Diego county. As a child, his home always had pets and animals around, whether it be canine, feline, fish or amphibian, or worse, something he had found outside and brought back, much to his older sister's disdain! His adventurous attitude and curious nature also resulted in various natural science experiments being undertaken, initially spurred on by the acquisition of a mail-order insect catalogue, which after a series of silkworm and mantis escapes, led to his parents insistence of no more indoor experiments. Prior to his highschool years, he enjoyed riding his mom's lesson horse Buddy, a gentle, flea-bitten grey OTTB retired racehorse whom he had learned how to ride and care for, even going so far as to show in youth competition before highschool and relocation left less time. It would be those childhood experiences that would become pivotal to Aaron's later interest and appreciation of animals, eventually leading him to work alongside talented trainers and riders while learning about horse care and training. It was in the beginning of 2017, however, Aaron was afforded the opportunity to ride along with and eventually join the Temecula Creek Equine team as a veterinary assistant. As he worked, he also further realized his passion for animal science and began focusing on veterinary care with a renewed desire for further education. As such, Aaron has plans to enroll in an RVT program upon meeting the program requirements, and to eventually pursue higher education in a scientific field.