Our Careteam

Dr. Robert Totman
Owner, Medical Director
When he was a toddler, Robert Totman’s family dog, Spot, would watch him as he played in their front yard. Occasionally, young Robert would wander toward the street. Spot would come up behind him and grab his diaper, pulling him back out of harm’s way! Now Robert gives back the compassion Spot gave him as a child, caring for pets every day as the Owner and Medical Director of Vineyard Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Totman grew up in Wichita, Kansas, as the eldest of three children. His veterinary journey began in Costa Mesa, California, where he took a position at one of the first referral practices in Southern California. After a year, he was transferred to a satellite practice in San Clemente. He eventually opened up his first practice in Laguna Niguel, practicing there for 20 years! In January 2003 he purchased Vineyard Veterinary Hospital.

Soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery is a special area of interest for Dr. Totman, and he prides himself in his high surgery success rate. He also likes seeing young puppies grow into healthy adults, and working with geriatric patients to deliver the best quality of life possible.

Robert lives with his wife Joan—Practice Manger at Vineyard Veterinary Hospital—and their four dogs: Jimmy, a poodle; Sully, whose favorite pastime is eating; Sophie, who sees Robert off to work every morning, and Rylee, the baby Bichon.

In his spare time, Dr. Totman enjoys woodworking, cooking, and wine tasting. A carving that Robert did of a grapevine can even be seen at the clinic. He especially enjoys finding excellent wines for reasonable prices, before they are discovered by the general public!
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    • Jane Giavelli LauhonJane Giavelli Lauhon

      We have been taking our yellow lab, Sadie, there for almost nine years. We are very happy with their services!

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    • Pamela BufordPamela Buford

      I had to take my senior dog in for an emergency, the staff was outstanding as I really didn't think my baby was coming home. They were so understanding and kind!! This is the only place I would take my fur baby to. Thank you for your excellent service and compassion.

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    • Charlene Herzog LeblancCharlene Herzog Leblanc

      This is the best vet I have ever been to. Dr.Totman is fantastic & very caring. He treats your pet as if it was his. The staff is really great too. If you need a veterinary. I highly recomend Vineyard Veterinary Hospital they are excellent

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    • Dawnellen HicksDawnellen Hicks

      Excellent quality medicine, loving caring Dr’s and techs!

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    • Sunni AlmondSunni Almond

      So nice, friendly and caring!!! Plus, they donated the office visit $$ to a local rescue

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    • Anita M. DriscollAnita M. Driscoll

      Since moving to California and living in Temecula I have lost one golden and gained a new puppy golden and Vineyard Veterinary Hospital has been amazing for us in our family. They give us great care each and every visit and helped us through one of our hardest times and losing are past golden. Thank you for all the great work we love coming to visit you with our new golden.

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    • Marianne AndreazzaMarianne Andreazza

      In the last 10 years Dr. Totman has cared for all of my fur babies with expertise and compassion that is unparalleled in Temecula. The happiest day is when you get your pet, the saddest day is when you say goodbye to your pet. And with all the things that happen to your pet then and in between, you want expert care in a family-owned environment vs. a corporate sales-oriented one. No one wants to think of that worst day. When that day comes though, as it did for me this week, you want a vet and staff who is sensitive to your pet's needs, comfort, and your grief. You want a vet who loves his patient, and you get that with Dr. Totman and his staff.

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