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 - 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.

Danaka - Veterinary Receptionist

My name is Danaka, and I am a California native. I have a degree in Environmental Science and Policy from California State University Long Beach, where I also played water polo. I grew up around animals, and have had the privilege to work with horses and other farm animals on various ranches, as well as the San Diego Zoo, where I helped to raise critical funding for the Zoo's various conservation projects around the world. My hobbies include: Watching sports, baking, fishing, shooting and more recently, scuba diving and road racing. 

Laura - Veterinary Receptionist

My name is Laura and I have recently made a career change into the veterinary field because I have a love and passion for animals.  I cannot remember a time where I never had a pet.  I am surrounded at home by Thomas, my loving husband, Jordan, my teenage daughter, George and Cosmo the kitty duo, and Kipper the ever loving and faithful guard dog.  I am a native San Diegan as well as my family. I love the outdoors.  In my spare time I love to exercise, hike, camp and travel.  My favorite vacation spot was Costa Rica where I wanted to adopt all of the puppies I came across.  It brings me joy every day to be a part of keeping your pets healthy and happy.

Marissa  - Lead Stylist

Hey Guys! My name is Marissa and I have always had a love for dogs and cats! I entered the profession of pet grooming by pure happenstance.  I began when I was offered a position at Petco as a dog bather.  Later I was promoted to being a dog trainer, then to a grooming salon manager, which is where I found my calling.  Fast-forwarding to today, I am the Lead Stylist here at Point Loma Vet Clinic. I have been professionaly grooming for 5 years, but have been dog training and studying animal behavior for 7. Here at Point Loma Vet Clinic your baby is not just a pet, it is family. I treat every single pet like if they were my own. Big or small, we accept them all.

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.

Justin - Veterinary Assistant

Hi there! My name is Justin and I am very excited to help each and every one of your pets here at Point Loma. Like many I started my love for animals when I was young but it wasn’t until after I graduated high school that I found that I wanted to make my love for animals my career in life. I went to the Health Occupations Center for my training and that opened my eyes to the great expansive world of career opportunities in the veterinary field. So I hope that I can be a part of your pets road to happiness and good health. I do my best to treat every pet, be it furry, scaly, or even covered in feathers, like it was my own and keep them calm and relaxed during their visit.