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.

FUN FACTS

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.

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.


FUN FACTS

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.


FUN FACTS

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

Fear Free handling techniques are used at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital