Petaluma Veterinary Hospital: Meet Our Veterinarians

Dr. Robert Titchenal - DVM

Dr. Titchenal was raised in San Jose, California. His mother claims that he knew from the time he was a little boy that he wanted to be a veterinarian.

He attended University of Hawaii on a basketball scholarship and graduated at the top of his class as a Zoology major. He continued his education at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, earning Regent and Hart Scholarships and winning the Merck award as the top student/clinician in his class.

Dr. Titchenal and his wife Cindy have been married since 1975 and live in Sonoma CA.


Prolific gardener who raises more than 35 varieties of fruit & vegetables

Avid fisherman who can often be found in his waders wandering up streams

Dr. Angela Smith - DVM

Dr. Angela Smith holds a BS degree in Animal Science from Purdue University and a DVM from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

She practiced for five years in the Chicago suburbs before moving to California and joining Petaluma Veterinary Hospital in December 2001. After working with Dr. T. for 15 years, Dr. Smith purchased the practice from him in April, 2016.

Dr. Smith believes strongly in animal rescue. All of her dogs have been rescues, and they have taught her a lot about behavior. Animal pain management and animal behavior are two of her special interests.

Dr. Smith is "Fear Free" Certified. She and her staff use these animal handling techniques to provide calming environments at the hospital. The result is fewer anxiety triggers and a better and safer experience for everyone - pet, owner, and staff.

Dr. Smith lives in Petaluma with Hope, her rescue Pit Bull.


Rabid Green Bay Packer fan (because her dad grew up in Wisconsin and forced her to be a Packer fan)

Fabled 4-H Grand Champion Guinea Pig owner at age 11 (she still loves to see the occasional guinea pig patient)

Known as "The Seagull"--she will eat (almost) anything

Dr. Valerie Cantrell - DVM

Dr. Cantrell was born and raised in central California and grew up working in her local veterinary hospital.

She completed her undergraduate degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, majoring in Animal Science. Dr Cantrell attended Western University School of Health Sciences where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, graduating with highest honors.

Dr. Cantrell’s specific areas of interest in veterinary medicine are soft tissue surgery and dermatology, although she enjoys all aspects of working in a small animal practice.


Loves to walk and jog along Petaluma’s beautiful trail system

Enjoys travelling and meeting new people

​​​​​​​Will often be found curled up with her cat Wolfgang and her nose stuck in a book

Dr. Gail Cutler - DVM

Dr. Gail Cutler was raised in southern California, received a B.S. from University of California, Davis, and then spent two decades enjoying Michigan winters. While there, she obtained an M.S. and a D.V.M. from Michigan State University.

Living in Sonoma county has been a long-time goal, and Dr. Cutler moved here last year after practicing for 12 years in Palm Springs. She now lives in Santa Rosa with her rescue animals; Anya (German Shepherd), Quinn (Standard Poodle), and Orlando (cranky older cat)


Is a member of the Song of Sonoma, a Santa Rosa women’s acapella chorus.

Has hung up her parachute and motorcycle, and now prefers horseback riding.

Worked as a wine grape specialist with a California farm organization and as an economist with the Michigan legislature prior to becoming a veterinarian.

Fear Free handling techniques are used at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital