Our Veterinarians

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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    • 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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    • Bradley H.Bradley H.

      Dr. Totman was also the best vet we ever had. He took amazing care of both Sandi and Koufax into old age, and when it was their time to depart, it was done... Read More

    • 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

    • Brenda MacKay WinansBrenda MacKay Winans

      Thank you so much for seeing my boy Chief. Our vets office was closed and my boy needed to be seen immediately. Not only did they fit us in, they stayed late, after closing, to ensure my boy was taken care of and I was put at ease. I can't thank you all enough

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    • Keesha NolenKeesha Nolen

      They were nice and very clean and friendly and take good of my puppy

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    • Dawnellen HicksDawnellen Hicks

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

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    • Suriyan MakromSuriyan Makrom

      Friendly Satffs with nice smile. Dr. Totman is very professional in the field and understand animal condition. You will not regret taking your lovely pet to this place.

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