Learn about our animal hospital - Petaluma Veterinary Hospital ​

Welcome to Petaluma Veterinary Hospital- Serving Petaluma, Penngrove, Cotati, Rhonert Park and Sonoma County Since 1946


PVH is a family owned. non-corporate, small animal hospital and vet clinic on the north end of Petaluma. We are across from the outlet mall- with easy parking- you likely have seen out friendly sign. PVH has been AAHA Accredited for 30+ years to insure that your pet will get the state-of-the-art care that is required by all AAHA hospitals (only 15% are accredited).

​​​​​​​Our staff is trained in handling techniques to provide
low stress care- to create a calm environment for you and your pets. We understand that you want to be kept informed, so we explain what diagnostic tests are recommended, and why. After the diagnosis is made, we discuss treatment options with you - so we can make decisions together.

We never push any tests or treatmens that are not needed. Here is a recent client testimonial about this:
​​​​​​​"Dr. Smith is incredibly knowledgeable and recommends only things that are necessary. She is communicative and calls you directly with updates and results on your pet. Excellent staff and service overall." - Jamie N.

Our History

Petaluma Veterinary Hospital was established in 1946 by Dr. John McChesney as the only practice on the west side. In 1985, Dr. Robert Titchenal became the sole owner and managed PVH for 31 years until it was sold to Dr Angela Smith in 2016.

We are a one-stop-shop providing everything from routine annual exams to diagnosis and treatment for sick dogs and cats, surgery, dental exams and cleaning, vaccinations, Flea&Tick threatment and Heartworm testing. When your pet needs specialized surgery, we call in a board certified specialty surgeon to do the surgery in our hospital.

See our services section because there is too much to list here. We treat clients like family and pets as if they were our own. We hope you become part of our family.

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. That"s why PVH became AAHA Accredited so many years ago.

Dr. Angela Smith, worked with Dr. Titchenal for 15 years, purchased the practice in April 2016, and continues with the same philosophy.

How we are different:

​​AAHA Accreditation

You want state-of-the-art care for your pet, and we provide it by being AAHA Accredited (30+ years). To achieve this requires us to meet the American Animal Hospital Association’s rigorous standards. Every 3 years we voluntarily undergo comprehensive onsite evaluations on 900 standards of veterinary excellence. Accreditation puts us in a very small group (15%) of top US hospitals and means your pet will receive state-of-the-art care from a hospital that holds itself to a higher standard.


Client Teamwork

We know you want to be part of the decision-making process, so client teamwork is key for us. If we recommend diagnostic tests we explain what they are, what they cost and why they are needed. Then we review test results and treatment options with you, so we can make decisions together. We never push anything that you don't need.


Reduced Stess

Your pet may be fearful and stressed when visiting the veterinarian. Our low-stress gentle handling techniques help to reduce fear and to create a calm environment for you and your pet..

And yes, we are the people with the friendly sign on Petaluma Blvd. N., across from the outlet mall. Call our animal hospital and vet clinic to schedule an appointment.


Please read our TESTIMONIALSand REVIEWS by hitting the links at the top of our website. Please join our many happy clients.