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.

Point Loma Veterinary Clinic - Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA - Our Staff - Ashley

Ashley - Veterinary Technician

My name is Ashley; I have been working as a veterinary technician for about 4 years now. I just recently moved to the San Diego area from Sarasota, FL to further my education. I have experience working at a small animal practice, as well as a cat only practice, and shelter. My passion for animals was evident, even from a young age. I have a 12-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, named, Zoey, whom is my everything. In my free time I enjoy hiking, reading, and eventually, plan on learning how to surf.

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. 

Amanda - Veterinary Assistant

I have always had a love for animals since I was young. I grew up wanting to be a vet so that I could help every pet in need. I spent five years as an assistant manager of an animal shelter. That experience opened my eyes to the world of animal welfare. I am a recent transplant to the San Diego area from Florida. I plan on continuing my education and work experience in the animal field. I currently have a 2 year old chihuahua mix who is very spoiled. I look forward to meeting you and your pets.

Laura - Veterinary Technician, RVT

Hi my name is Laura! I am a born and raised Californian but have just recently moved to the San Diego area. I graduated with an AS degree in Veterinary Technology from Foothill College in 2014. I obtained my license as an RVT in 2014 after passing national and California state testing. When I'm not at work I love hanging out at the beach and hiking with my husband and 1 year old lab mix, Allie. We also have a 3 year old Calico named Chloe. My love for animals has been with me since I was a child and I'm so happy that I get to spend everyday doing something I love, nursing animals back to health!

Kimberly - Veterinary Receptionist

Hi, my name is Kimberley. I am 48 years old, and I grew up in El Cajon, CA. I have one cat, and her name is Sin Claire. I have worked in the Veterinary field for almost 10 years as receptionist, and I love what I do. Some of my favorite things to do are reading, spending time with my niece and nephew, and traveling. 

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 was born in La Jolla, raised in Ocean Beach/Point Loma, and I attended college at San Diego Mesa College and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. I graduated with a 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 the 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. Currently I am also working at Donovan’s Steak and Chop House in La Jolla, where I hope to greatly increase my knowledge of wines and fine dining service. Even though the field of veterinary medicine is not the same as hotels, restaurants, and theme parks, I intend to bring the warmth and care of the great companies I once worked for to the PLVC. I certainly hope you feel that same comfort and happiness any time you come by.