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!
Dr. Tanushri Thakran
Associate Veterinarian
Like any veterinarian, Dr. Tanushri Thakran adores animals of all shapes and sizes and loves working to help them live happier, healthier lives. But she’s also fascinated by the stories of each and every one of her patients, as well as their loving owners. For her, getting to use her skill set in the ever-changing and fascinating world of medicine isn’t just a job—it’s her true calling. Dr. Thakran is proud to serve as an Associate Veterinarian with Vineyard Veterinary Hospital!

Dr. Thakran grew up in southern California but lived in the northern part of the state for more than a decade. It was there that she changed professions and decided to become a veterinarian! She attended veterinary school and returned to southern California after graduating, and has a special passion for performing treatments and therapies that can make a huge difference in quality of life for her patients. Dr. Thakran also loves to see pets through their entire lifetimes, from puppy- or kitten-hood through senior age. She joined the Vineyard Veterinary Hospital family in June of 2019 and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal parents of the area as a member of the veterinary team.

In her time away from work, Dr. Thakran loves traveling—she’s traveled extensively throughout Europe and hopes to check Greece and Croatia off her list in the near future!—and spending quality time with her family. She and her fiancé live with Dr. Thakran’s two young stepchildren as well as two dogs, Milo and Gatsby, and a loveable cat named Pippin.
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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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    • Kriszalyn B.Kriszalyn B.

      Angel, the vet tech is amazing! Our sweet little Ellie B just loves her.

      Brought our pup in Monday and found out that she has pneumonia, they were very... Read More

    • 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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    • Bradley HymanBradley Hyman

      We lost our Koufax today, after losing Sandi in March. They both lived 16 wonderful years and were a part of our family almost from the time Ellen and I got married.
      The house seems empty and it will be a long while before the sadness wanes, but their memories will always bring smiles to us.

      Sandi and Koufax were both taken care of until their last day by the amazingly compassionate staff at Vineyard Veterinary Hospital. Even at their passing, Ellen and I and our dogs felt that we could not have been in better hands.
      If in need of someone to care for your dog or cat, I highly recommend Dr. Totman, Joan, Verenice, Ashley and the rest of the staff at Vineyard.

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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

    • Bryna BundersonBryna Bunderson

      Dr. Totman and his staff are not only professional but caring passionate people. I’m so grateful to him and his entire staff for the consistent amazing care they provide my fur babies. It’s comforting knowing my babies have someone so special looking after them.

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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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