Petaluma Veterinary Hospital: Our History and Why Our Animal Hospital is Different

Your Other Family Doctor - Your Veterinarian

Our Mission: To provide high quality, comprehensive veterinary patient care and exceptional client service.
Our Motto: To treat every client like family and every pet as if it was our own.

Serving Petaluma for over 70 years

The Petaluma Veterinary Hospital was established in 1946 by Dr. John McChesney as the only veterinarian on the west side of Petaluma. Over the years other owners, including Dr. Patterson and Dr. Blaine, managed and grew the practice until 1985 when Dr. Robert Titchena, DVMl became the sole owner of Petaluma Veterinary Hospital.

His 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, DVM, who worked with Dr. Titchenal for 15 years, purchased the practice in April 2016 and continues with the same philosophy today. Dr. Titchenal, DVM continues to work at the hospital on a part-time basis. Dr. Valerie Cantrel, DVM joined us in November 2016 as our newest full-time veterinarian.

AAHA Accreditation - for over 30 years

Petaluma 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, and 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.

Why is AAHA Accreditation Important?

By selecting an AAHA Accredited hospital Like Petaluma Veterinary Hospital, your pets will receive high-quality care from a hospital that holds itself to a higher standard. AAHA Accredited hospitals are recognized as the finest in the industry and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine.

How else are we different?

Client Communication:

We know you want to be part of the process. Along each step of diagnosis, we explain what tests are recommended, and why- how they can be of value. Then, once the diagnosis is complete, we explain treatment options and costs-- so we can make decisions together.

Low-stress Handling Techniques:

The relatively new “Fear Free” Certification Program teaches handling methods and protocols that provide calming environments for pets. Our staff understands your pet is scared, not mean, and they use these gentle and low-stress handling techniques to remove much of your pet's fear. This leads to fewer anxiety triggers and a better experience for you, your pet, and our staff.

Our Friendly Sign:

Yes, we are the people with the friendly sign on Petaluma Blvd North, across from the outlet mall. We change the sign every Monday to make you smile, maybe even laugh. We get letters, emails, and calls from people who love our signs. We think that having a bit of fun as we work hard is ok. We hope you like them too.

To learn more about us, please read our Yelp reviews and client testimonials found at the top of our website.