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.


Dr. Heather Loveland

Ashley - 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.


Jessica - Veterinary Receptionist

I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. In June of 2016 my husband, daughter and I moved to the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area. A few months later I got a job in the biotech industry. Which is where I got my first taste of the veterinary field. Animals have always been a part of my life. Growing up we always had dogs and cats, currently our family is completed by 2 former lab rats. I love the companionship of animals and I love OB. My daughter and I love to ride our bikes and going to the beach. I feel extremely fortunate that I get to meet so many wonderful animals and their owners in such a beautiful location!

Jenny - Veterinary Technician

My name is Jenny. Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to work with animals. The day I drew my first goat blood draw, was the day I knew I chose the right career to pursue. I graduated with an AS from the Animal Health Technology program at San Diego Mesa College. My goal is to provide the best patient care I can give by helping your critter achieve their optimal health in an acute care setting.


Athena - Veterinary Receptionist

Hi, I'm Athena and super excited to join the Point Loma veterinary family! Recently my boyfriend and I moved here to So-Cal from San Francisco. Originally I grew up in the much smaller town of Placerville, CA where I still travel to often to visit my dad. I graduated from Sacramento State University and became interested in pursuing a career in the veterinary space. I love animals and to have a chance to help pets in some way is a great feeling. Throughout my life I have never been without a family pet. Currently I have my fur baby Navi, a lab mix and Beta fish Cheesecake. All animals have their own unique personality and I love working with them each day!

Emma - Veterinary Receptionist/Assistant

Hello! My name is Emma and I am a California transplant all the way from Virginia. I am so excited to be a part of the Point Loma Veterinary Clinic family and to go back to my roots by working within a small family owned veterinary hospital. I grew up with a veterinarian mother, so my entire life has been centered around taking care of pets and critters in need. It is so exciting to continue this path in beautiful Ocean Beach, California nearly a year after moving to the area. I can't wait to greet each and every person that walks into this wonderful clinic and make their pets feel as comfortable and cared for as possible. 

Adra - Veterinary Assistant

Hi there! My name is Adra and I knew from when I was little I wanted to work with animals when I grew up. I have recently moved from Phoenix where I completed my veterinary assistant program. Now that I live in San Diego, my goal is to expand my veterinary skills and knowledge by helping your furry friends and attending school at San Diego Mesa College in the Animal Health Technology program. I’m very fortunate to be able to do something I’m passionate about and I practically on the beach! 

Sara - Veterinary Technician

Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I am excited to join the PLVC family. I have been an animal lover as long as I can remember. I am currently about to wrap up my first year in the Animal Health Technology program at San Diego Mesa College. I have worked an array of jobs helping and taking care of animals. If I’m not working you can find me at a sporting event, cooking in the kitchen, or hanging out at SeaWorld with my friends. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and taking care of your pets.