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John T. Moss VMD

Dr. Moss was raised on a horse farm near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania where he grew up with four other siblings. He was fascinated with animals as a child leading to his ambition of becoming a veterinarian. He attended Unionville High School, and went onto North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for his undergraduate years. After college, he attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1976. He was hired by Dr. James Cowan at Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital after graduating from U.Penn, and for eight years, he worked as a mixed animal practitioner, treating mostly small animals and dairy cattle. It was through these experiences that Dr. Moss developed an interest in small animal surgery. In 1980, Dr. Moss started the small animal orthopedic referral service at Brandywine Valley Veterinary Hospital in an effort to answer the growing need for surgery in the area.

Though Dr. Moss enjoys all aspects of small animal medicine, he especially enjoys getting to know the client owners of his patients and their families – many of whom he has had the pleasure of helping their pets for decades. The other passion and talent he has is for surgery. This led him to expanding his knowledge over the years of dozens of surgical procedures with extensive continuing education training including courses in Advanced Orthopedics, Dentistry, Endodontics, Arthroscopic and Laparoscopic surgery and has completed The International Acupuncture Society’s intensive course and VetStem training. He has become locally famous for canine knee surgery techniques, and for his aptitude in a growing list of surgical procedures.

Over the past 40 years, Dr. Moss has developed a progressive surgical referral practice by outfitting the practice with state of the art surgical equipment. More than 30 local veterinarians refer clients to him for a variety of surgeries. In 2000, he was one of the first 50 veterinarians nationally to perform routine arthroscopic (joint) surgeries. With the advent of the CO2 laser, digital dental radiography, and high speed dental equipment he has also remained up to date with sophisticated surgery of the head, neck, the mouth and advanced dentistry. His recent interests include stem cell therapy, C-Laser therapy, ear surgery, and biopsies – affording his patients quicker recoveries and less invasive surgeries. Client education is a big part of his general practice and surgical referral service. The focus is to give clients the knowledge needed to thoroughly understand any issue their pet may have, and to design clear treatment plan options.

Additionally, he is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, AVMA, PVMA, BVMA, The Society of Civil War Surgeons, and The Chester County Historical Society.

He is the father of four grown children and has seven grandchildren who fondly refer to him as “Grandpa Doc”. His youngest son, Kip, is doing a surgical residency at Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. His daughter, Lilly, is a Physicians Assistant working at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. His older sons Wes and Brannan live in Atlanta with their young families.

In addition to veterinary medicine, Dr. Moss has many interests including; composing and playing acoustic music on the guitar, vegetable gardening, sewing, leather working and saddlery, Civil War history, medicine, and reenacting, Wild West and Rendezvous living history, AND jousting at Renaissance fairs with his horse Uncle Remus. Along with his wife, Anne, Dr. Moss can be found foxhunting and trail riding around the beautiful countryside of the former King Ranch in Doe Run, Pennsylvania.


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