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 Annie, an elderly adoption. The family also owns a Cockatiel who is simply and appropriately named Cockatiel!

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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    • 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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    • Arlene GrayArlene Gray

      The greatest staff, and Dr. Totman is THE ABSOLUTE BEST. We have been seeing him for years and years.

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    • Anita M. ParkAnita M. Park

      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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    • Jennifer Luczak EckertJennifer Luczak Eckert

      Patient, compasionate, understanding. I found my new vet!

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    • Patricia E.Patricia E.

      Dr. Totman and the staff at Vineyard Veterinary Hospital have always been caring and polite. They deal with very stressful situations with many amazing... Read More

    • Tanya EdwardsTanya Edwards

      These people are amazing!!! They treat your animals as if they were your own. I had a very difficult case with my Rottweiler with hip dysplasia and they were on top of it from day one!!! Dr. Totman and his staff are simply the best in Temecula. I would highly recommend to anyone that is looking for an honest, knowledgeable, loving vet to care for your animal!!!!!!

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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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