History and Reasons to Visit Petaluma Veterinary Hospital

Your Other Family Doctor - Your Veterinarian

Our Mission: provide high quality, comprehensive veterinary patient care along with exceptional client service.

Our Motto: treat every client like family and every pet as if it was our own.

History: Serving Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park & Penngrove since 1946

Petaluma Veterinary Hospital was established in 1946 by Dr. John McChesney as the only practice on the west side. Over the years other owners managed and grew the practice.

In 1985, Dr. Robert Titchenal became the sole owner and managed it for 31 years until it was sold to Dr Angela Smith in 2016.

Dr. Titchenal's philosophy was to keep abreast of the latest research, techniques, and equipment in veterinary medicine to insure that his patients received 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. Dr. T. now works part-time and Dr. Valerie Cantrel joined PVH in 2016 as full-time veterinarian.

AAHA Accredited - for 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. Consequently only about 15% of all veterinary hospitals choose to go through the rigorous evaluation process required to become accredited.

Every 3 years we undergo comprehensive on-site evaluations on approximately 900 standards of veterinary excellence. Areas evaluated include 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 so Important?

By selecting our AAHA Accredited hospital, you will know that your pet 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.

Besides AAHA Accrediation- Other reasons to visit our hospital

Client Communication:

We know you want to be part of the process. Throughout diagnosis, our veterinarians expain recommended tests why they are of value. Then they explain test results, treatment options and costs. This way we can make decisions together.

Low-stress Handling Techniques:

The “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 we use low-stress handling techniques to remove much of your pet's fear. This leads to fewer anxiety triggers and a better experience for everyone.

Our Friendly Sign:

Yes, we are the people with the friendly sign on Petaluma Blvd. N., 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 while working hard is ok. We hope you like them too.

To learn what clients think about us, please read our TESTIMONIALS and REVIEWS by hitting the buttons at the top of our website.