California Riding Magazine • October, 2012

Temeku Equine Grows
Jeffrey Moss, DVM, joins thriving Temecula practice.

photos by Erpelding Photography


Chris Huth, DVM, Rafael Gomez and Jeffrey Moss, DVM.

Temeku Equine, Inc. doubles its capacity to serve the equestrian community with the recruit of Jeffrey Moss, DVM, as an associate in the Temecula practice. Well known thanks to his six-and-a-half-years with Creekside Veterinary in San Diego County, Dr. Moss joins Chris Huth, DVM, who started Temeku Equine in 2009.

They make a good pair. Both are Southern California natives who grew up with a love of animals. Their shared childhood background in 4H and FFA gave them an early appreciation for all kinds of animals, and fostered a commitment to serving their community.

Dr. Huth earned his undergraduate degree from Fresno State and his veterinary degree from Colorado State. Dr. Moss earned his Animal Science degree from Cal Poly Pomona and his DVM from UC Davis in 2005. Together, the veterinarians offer everything from routine maintenance and preventative care to surgical services and reproductive care. They are unique as a mainstream practice that includes acupuncture, provided by certified equine practitioner Dr. Huth, on its menu of services. Dr. Moss's background is general practice medicine and surgery, including lameness and dentistry. Both take pride in caring for clients' horses in every phase of their lives.

The veterinarians travel to clients for most of their work but expansion plans include increasing their on-site diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical services. Temeku Equine's location is across the street from Galway Downs. As such, they are go-to doctors for the many exhibitors at the venue's hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage competitions throughout the year.

The facility's continuity of service is aided by Rafael Gomez, a veterinarian assistant who has been with the hospital facility since it was first started by the late and renowned Dr. Willard Ommert many years ago, and by able general assistant Amanda Smith.

Serving parts of Northern San Diego County and all of Riverside County and the surrounding area, Temeku is a good career fit for Dr. Moss even though it was hard to leave San Diego. He is well known there as vice president of the San Diego Horse Coalition. That, and his role on the agricultural advisory committee for the Escondido Union High School District, are a few of several examples of his commitment to giving back to horses and horse people.

"Dr. Huth and I carve out quite a bit of time to serve the community," Dr. Moss notes. "We make our living being veterinarians, but there is a lot more to it than that and we want to give back to our community as much as we can."

It's a good time to be both a veterinarian and a horse owner, particularly a sporthorse owner, Dr. Moss reports. "In the last 10 years, we've been able to implement many new modalities for diagnosing and treating lamenesses." Many minor and major issues that might have ended a horse's career in the past are now manageable, which is great news for the hunter/jumper, dressage, western and recreational horses that comprise the majority of Temeku Equine's clientele. "The tools that we have to fix the problems are better and we are getting better responses to treatments."

Temeku's cutting edge tools include digital ultrasound, digital radiography and IRAP (Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist Protein) therapy. But no amount of technology substitutes for good old-fashioned compassion and the Temeku vets have that in spades.

"It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your horses and livestock," says the Temeku website. "We understand the special role your animals play in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in their health care. Temeku Equine prides itself on excellent client communication and customer service while providing outstanding veterinary care." With Dr. Moss on board, the practice can continue delivering on those promises as its clientele base grows.

For more information on Temeku Equine, Inc., visit www.temekuequine.com or call 951-302-6646.