Point Loma Veterinary Clinic

1964 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107




Dr. Valerie Cardeiro holding a cat

Dr. Valerie Cardeiro

Dr. Cardeiro knew from a young age that she had a strong interest in the welfare of pets. She first began working at an animal hospital while attending junior high school. A native of California, she attended U.C.S.D. and received her bachelors degree in Biology.  Although academic achievements were taken seriously, she found time for extra-curricular activities including riding her horse over jumping courses, running along the shores of Del Mar beach, participating on the first women's intercollegiate rugby team in California, dominating in intramural water polo and cooking for fellow students.

Following graduation from U.C.S.D., Dr. Cardeiro was employed at the VA Hospital in La Jolla to help research artificial kidney dialysis. She attended veterinary school at U.C. Davis. She spent her summers in the kidney research laboratory and worked for the Dermatology and Pathology Departments at U.C. Davis. She entered small animal clinical practice in northern California and developed special strengths in surgery, radiology, dentistry and dermatology. Missing the southern California beaches and weather, Dr. Cardeiro moved back to San Diego. She was hired at an emergency clinic and was scheduled as a relief doctor for about 75 different practices over the next six years. She continued her interest in physical fitness by becoming involved in weight training. She traveled to Australia, New Zealand and several Caribbean sites to enjoy scuba diving. She attends many veterinary conferences on a regular basis to keep her medical and surgical knowledge advancing. Dr. Cardeiro continues to be a very dedicated veterinarian.

Dr. Cardeiro started her family in 1988. Her sons attended Sacred Heart Academy. Her older son, Manny, received his BA in 2014 in Visual and Performing Arts. He performed in multiple productions such as "Seussical" and "Beautiful Killers," and enjoyed some "lime light" at Mission Bay High School for his home movie comedies. He has made several YouTube videos. He is considering a career in physical therapy and still has a strong interest in acting opportunities in Los Angeles.  He is certified as a fitness trainer.  He also continues to play baseball in the San Diego Adult Baseball League on weekends.  Her younger son, Jonathan, received his Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University of Pomona in June 2015.  He currently works as a front-of-house employee at Donovan's Steak and Chop House in La Jolla as well as working for OB Noodle House as a line cook.  

Dr. Cardeiro shares her home with three kitties whose names are "Slinky," "Twinky," and "Tobey"; they were all acquired through their need for veterinary care at the Point Loma Vet Clinic.



Melani - Veterinary Assistant holding puppy

Melani - Veterinary Assistant

Hey there! My name is Melani and I am currently a student at Mira Mesa Community college. I am currently majoring in animal sciences to become a Veterinarian Technician.  I love love love animals! I myself have 4 dogs named Bella, Leo, Mickey, and Oso all of them are sweet hearts.  I enjoy spending my free time out in the sun, spoiling my doggies, listening to music, and painting. I am looking forward to meeting you and help in anyway way I can both your pet and yourself!

Charles - Veterinary Assistant with many dogs

Charles - Veterinary Assistant

Hello everyone, my name is Charles. I am a Veterinary Assistant here at Point Loma Veterinary Clinic.  I am excited to be a part of this veterinary care staff that wants to keep your pets happy and healthy.  I have had a passion for animals for as long as I can remember.  Currently, I have four dogs, and two guinea pigs.  As a child I always brought home stray animals, which ultimately made me want to choose this career path. A little bit about myself, aside from animals, I was born and raised in San Diego. I have a passion for technology and gaming. I received my Veterinary Assistant certificate from PIMA and plan on returning to PIMA for the Veterinary Technician program. 

Anh - Veterinary Assistant

Anh - Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Anh Nguyen and I’m a recent graduate from UCSD. I majored in Biological Anthropology and I would love to become a veterinarian someday! I am from LA but I really enjoy the SD beaches. Going to UCSD, taking animal-related courses, and getting animal experience during my college years have solidified my love for animals. One of my first days working at PLVC, I was looking after a baby Frenchie and I was completely in love with the puppy and the animal medicine field. I hope to be able to give all fur babies the love and care they deserve!

Makaela - Veterinary Assistant Holding cat

Makaela - Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Makaela and I’m very excited to be working here at Point Loma Veterinary Clinic and taking care of all the wonderful pet patients. I’ve always had a great love for animals and passion to learn more about them! Currently I am pursuing a degree in Biology at UCSD, and my goal is to go into Veterinary school after graduation. When I’m free I love playing with my cats, drawing and gaming. I’m excited to learn more and meet all the adorable pets!

Viviana - Veterinary Receptionist

Viviana - Veterinary Receptionist

Hello, my name is Viviana, I was born and raised in Chula Vista and graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in Business and Theatre. My continuous love for animals led me to pursue a career focused on the health and happiness of animals. I have filled my life with animals from running my own dog bakery business to volunteering at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility and now working alongside the amazing team at Point Loma Vet Clinic. I enjoy spending my free time outside at the park or beach with my dog, Mancha. I look forward to meeting your adorable pets!

Tiffany - Veterinary Assistant holding cat

Tiffany - Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Tiffany and I am a current UC San Diego student! I'm majoring in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, with a minor in Chinese Studies and in Biological Anthropology. I'm an aspiring vet and hope to improve the well-being of as many amazing animals as I can. I grew up surrounded by furries and currently have a big loving family of 5 kitties and 4 doggies.

Carlea - Veterinary Technician

Hello, My name is Carlea Lolin. Growing up I always felt a personal connection to all animals. As friends and family refer to me as “Ms. Doolittle”. Working in the veterinary field has always been a dream of mine. I’m so glad to be apart of Dr. Cardeiro’s team of exceptional veterinary care.

Jonathon - Veterinary Assistant being licked by dog

Jonathon - Veterinary Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Jonathon and I am greatly looking forward to helping all of your amazing pets at the Point Loma Veterinary Clinic. I grew up in Ocean Beach/Point Loma and I attended college at San Diego Mesa College and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Hospitality Management in 2015. My interest in the hospitality industry stemmed from dining out and going on vacations with my family. My work experience in the industry first began in Summer 2006 when I started working at SeaWorld San Diego in their Culinary Operations Department. I worked there in various areas and departments every summer up until 2014. I have also worked at the Disneyland Resort in multiple areas, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Anaheim, and OB Noodle House/Bar 1502, to name a few. I intend to bring the warmth and care of the great companies I once worked for to the PLVC. I hope you feel that same comfort and happiness any time you come by.