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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    • Jennifer Luczak EckertJennifer Luczak Eckert

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

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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

    • Sheila ColclazierSheila Colclazier

      Love these ladies. They always treat us and our Ghost with respect and kindness.

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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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    • Letty MarquezLetty Marquez

      No pressure at all, everything was explain to me with prices and everything, I was happy I was not pressure into getting anything unnecessary for my cat.

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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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