Meet the Veterinarians near you - Petaluma Veterinary Hospital

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 the University of Hawaii on a basketball scholarship and graduated at the top of his class as a Zoology major. He then received his DVM from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and won 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, she 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. Pain management and animal behavior are two of her special interests.

Dr. Smith is "Fear Free" Certified. These animal handling techniques lead to 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

Enjoys traveling 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