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 actively improving his golf game.  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.

Dr. Cardeiro shares her home with three kitties whose names are "Cappuccino," "Hot Chocolate," & "Twinky,"; they were all acquired through their need for veterinary care at the Point Loma Vet Clinic or from rescues.



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!

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!

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.

Kaitlyn - Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Kaitlyn and I’m currently an undergraduate pre-vet student at UCSD and my goal is to continue gaining veterinary experience while applying to veterinary school. I’m very excited for the opportunity to work and learn in Point Loma Vet Clinic. I grew up surrounding many dogs and have always had a great passion toward animals and their health beings. During free times, I love exploring around San Diego, cooking new recipes, and volunteering at local cat shelters to give love to the cats there.

Caitlyn - Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Caitlyn and I'm a veterinary assistant. I recently graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry and I am currently in the process of applying to veterinary schools. I currently have a kitty cat and have always had a strong interest in helping and caring for animals. Growing up, there were many stray cats in my neighborhood, many of which were in great need of tender loving care, and I would often take them in to feed and care for them. In doing so, I became intrigued in exploring veterinary medicine as a career and I hope to one day become a veterinarian. 

Jade - Veterinary Receptionist

Hi there! My name is Jade, I am thrilled to be part of the Point Loma Vet Clinic Team. Nothing gives me more joy than being able to work with animals. My passion is to provide the best care possible to all pets. I enjoy making a positive difference in the lives of not only the animals but their owners. Outside of the clinic I enjoy photography, cooking and traveling. 

Jared - Veterinary Assistant

Heyooo, My name is Jared. I love helping animals in need. I’m music oriented so I’ll sing a song to your pets if they are nervous or worried. I hope to see you and your little pals soon!

Karen - Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Karen and I am a undergraduate pre-vet student from UCSD. I’m thrilled to be a veterinary assistant here at Point Loma Vet Clinic! I was born and raised in Shanghai, and relocated to the US at the age of 15. As a child growing up, I have always been drawn to animals, and passionate about pursuing a career in the field. I love to be around with animals! I adopted a chubby corgi “Tigger” at home during the pandemic, and I am now living with my roommate’s poodle “Mermer”. Aside from animals, I am a huge foodie, a skier, and a snowboard rider. Looking forward to meet you and your fur babies!

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.