Point Loma Veterinary Clinic

1964 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107




Point Loma Veterinary Clinic - Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA - Dr. Valerie Cardeiro

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.


Ashley - Lead Veterinary Technician

Hi, I'm Ashley. I have a degree in animal health technology from San Diego Mesa college and my goal is to obtain my RVT license for this year. I grew up near Temecula with tons of pets and always wanted a career helping animals. My goal is to help keep your pets healthy and give them a stress-free visit to our clinic. When I'm not playing with pets I like going to the beach, camping and gardening. 


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.

Stephanie - Veterinary Technician

Hi there! My name is Stephanie, I was born and raised in sunny San Diego! I love being around pets and enjoy caring for them! In the past year I have received my certificate in Veterinary Assistance and soon I will be receiving my Veterinary Technician degree. When I’m not helping the doctor with pets, I spend my time at the beach with my dog running around and swimming or simply hanging out at home! I’m looking forward to caring and loving your pet as much as possible! 

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

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!

Jesus - Veterinary Assistant

Hi everyone, my name is Jesus. I am a Veterinary Assistant in training here at the Point Loma Veterinary Clinic.  I’ve had a passion for animals since I was very little, and I’m set to graduate from UC San Diego this summer with a degree in Marine Biology/General Biology. I’ve participated in various animal rehabilitation and training projects around the San Diego area-from caring for baby skunks to dolphin training! I am beyond excited to be a part of this amazing staff that cares for your furry babies!

Ashley - Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Ashley and I am an undergraduate student studying General Biology at UCSD. I am from Los Angeles and am loving San Diego more and more! Since I was young I have always loved interacting with animals which in turn led me to pursue the veterinary career. I am excited to help out clients and their companions at Point Loma Veterinary Clinic, as well as to learn about the clinical procedures and environment. When I’m not studying or working/playing with animals, I enjoy exploring San Diego, going to the beach, and hanging out with my friends.

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!

Makaela - Veterinary Assistant

Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer and I’m a Veterinary Receptionist at Point Loma Veterinary Clinic. Animal health is something I have always been interested in and am happy to have joined a staff that wants to keep your pets as healthy as possible. As of now, I have a cat, a horse, a blue tongue skink and two fish tanks I take care of. Growing up in Los Angeles, I came to San Diego to pursue Wildlife Sustainability at SDSU. My goal is to work with exotic animals, to become more experienced a few years ago I volunteered in Madagascar doing turtle conservation and have worked at the Living Coast Discovery Center with the avian department.