Petaluma Veterinary Hospital: History and Reasons to Visit us
Your Other Family Doctor - Your VeterinarianOur Mission: Provide high quality, comprehensive veterinary patient care and exceptional client service.
Our Motto: Treat every client like family and every pet as if it was our own.
Serving Petaluma for over 70 yearsPetaluma Veterinary Hospital was established in 1946 by Dr. John McChesney as the only veterinarian on the west side. Over the years other owners, including Dr. Patterson and Dr. Blaine, managed and grew the practice. Dr. Robert Titchenal, DVM became the sole owner of Petaluma Veterinary Hospital in 1985, and ran it for 31 years until it was sold to Dr Angela Smith, DVM in 2016.
Dr. Titchenal's philosophy of keeping abreast of the latest research, techniques, and equipment in veterinary medicine has ensured that pets treated at Petaluma Veterinary Hospital get the best medical care possible. Dr. Angela Smith, who worked with Dr. Titchenal for 15 years, purchased the practice in April 2016 and continues with the same philosophy today. Dr. Titchenal continues to work at the hospital on a part-time basis. Dr. Valerie Cantrel joined us in November 2016 and is our full-time veterinarian along with Dr. Smith.
AAHA Accredited - for over 30 yearsPetaluma Veterinary Hospital has been AAHA Accredited since 1986. This distinction insures that our patients get the highest quality veterinary care possible. Accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association is not mandatory. Consequently only about 15% of veterinary hospitals in the USA choose to go through the rigorous evaluation process to become accredited.
Every 3 years we undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence in the areas of quality of care, pain management, surgery, pharmacy, laboratory, exam facilities, medical records, cleanliness, emergency services, dental care, diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, and continuing education.