MEET OUR VETERINARIANS & STAFF:
TREATING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PETS WITH CARE

At Marina Veterinary Center, we understand that providing top-quality veterinary care requires more than extensive knowledge and advanced veterinary tools. It also requires compassion, dedication, and attention—to everyone’s needs, even the unspoken ones.

Our veterinarians and staff are committed to giving you and your pet the best of care. We invite you to learn a little more about us, and hope to see you and your pet soon!

DR. JARROD MOSS
DR. JARROD MOSSVeterinarian

Jarrod Moss grew up in Nevada and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He is a 2006 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Moss completed his postgraduate training at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in internal medicine and surgery. In 2008 he founded a hospital in the South Bay and then went on to own multiple veterinary practices in Montana. He is back in Southern California with a vast range of experience which includes internal medicine, oncology, dermatology, ultrasound, endoscopy, and ophthalmology. His main focus is to provide personalized, top-notch veterinary care that allows each pet to live the longest and healthiest life possible. He spends his free time coaching Little League Baseball and mentoring kids through the Boys and Girls Club.

Dr. TALPALATSKY
Dr. TALPALATSKYVeterinarian

Dr. Talpalatsky (a.k.a Dr. Rachel) was born and raised in San Diego, California. Dr. Rachel’s love for animals began at infancy, in the lap of her family’s gentle and loving Great Dane, and her passion progressed to competitive equine sports and love for all creatures, big and small. She earned her Bachelor of Science, in Animal Science, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, with emphasis on animal nutrition in 2015. During her undergraduate career, Dr. Rachel interned at the San Diego Zoo, which gave her a unique insight into working with exotic animals. Dr. Rachel began her veterinary education at St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine, in Grenada. After one semester, she transferred to the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she completed her studies in June 2020. Dr. Rachel’s special interests include Fear Free Practice, surgery, and animal nutrition.

Dr. Rachel will miss the Pacific Northwest and all its beautiful scenery, but she is thrilled to come back home to sunny Southern California and join Marina Veterinary Center! During her free time, she loves to hike with her dog, Finn; spend time with her friends; engage in watersports; spend time at the beach; and she plans to get back into horseback riding, soon.

DR. KAREN HALLIGAN
DR. KAREN HALLIGANVeterinarian

Renowned veterinarian, author, and celebrity spokesperson Karen “Doc” Halligan has developed a distinguished veterinary medical career while establishing herself as a national authority on animals. She was a sought-after pet health expert and featured spokesperson in the media during the pet-food recall crisis and provided veterinary care at ground zero in Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

Doc Halligan is the author of the award-winning book Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know: Prescriptions for Happy, Healthy Cats and Dogs (HarperCollins, 2007) and has authored numerous articles for PARADE magazine and other media. She has appeared regularly on television on the Home and Family Show, the Doctors, Bonnie Hunt Show, Kelly and Michael, the Today Show, the Mike, and Juliet Show, iVillage Live, Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers, The Insider, CBS Early Morning Show, Fox and Friends, Dog Tales, Animal Rescue 911 and Extra TV.  On Animal Planet, she frequently appears on Dogs 101, Cats 101 and Americas’ Cutest Pets and has a regular segment on KTLA “Ask the doc.” 

In addition to being a skilled surgeon in spay/neuter techniques; she was the director of veterinary services for the spcaLA for over twelve years and is an expert in animal-cruelty, having prepared in excess of over one hundred cases for trial as well as testifying as an expert witness.  Additionally, she has presented lectures to law enforcement on the successful use of forensics in animal cruelty prosecution.  For the past five years, she has served on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica where she helped developed emergency service protocols for pet owners that can serve as a national model. 

A native of San Diego, Calif., she double-majored in theater and zoology while performing in animal shows at the San Diego Zoo. In 1989, after graduating from the University of California, Davis, Doc became acutely aware of the tremendous pet overpopulation problem and seeking to give a voice to animals and help pet parents everywhere, she moved to Los Angeles in 1993 and began to passionately lobby on animal- welfare issues.

She currently oversees all aspects of The Lucy Pet Foundation whose mission is to reduce pet overpopulation by supporting mobile spay/neuter clinics across the country and to support causes that benefit animal welfare. She also practices general medicine and surgery at Marina Veterinary Center in Westchester and shares her life in Marina Del Rey with Ricky, Ethel, and Nathan, three very spoiled and healthy cats! You can learn more about “Doc” Halligan at her website www.dochalligan.com.

Veterinary Nurses

ALEX
ALEXVeterinary Nurse
Alex has worked at Marina Veterinary for 6 years. He enjoys spending time with his family and gardening.
ERICA
ERICAVeterinary Nurse
Erica has worked at Marina Veterinary for 7 years. She enjoys dancing, music, traveling, and spoiling her dogs Tootsie and Happy.

Veterinary Assistant

AMANDA
AMANDAVeterinary Assistant
Amanda has worked at Marina Veterinary for 4 years. She enjoys off-roading with her monster truck and spending time at the beach.
DANIELLE
DANIELLEVeterinary Assistant
Danielle is relatively new to Marina Veterinary. She is studying to attend veterinary school and enjoys the outdoors and plays music.

Hospital Manager & Receptionists

JENNIFER
JENNIFERHospital Manager
Jennifer has worked at Marina Veterinary for 9 years. She enjoys spending time with her kids and doing arts and crafts.
SAM
SAMReceptionist
Sam has worked at Marina Veterinary for 2 years. He enjoys classic cars, oldies music, playing guitar, and photography.