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.



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.

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!

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Paulina - Veterinary Assistant

Hi! My name is Paulina, and I work as a veterinary assistant at Point Loma Vet Clinic after attending Pima Medical Institute. I grew up surrounded by farm animals and my furry best friend since I was 10 years old. My dream has always been to work with animals, and now that I've accomplished my objective, I want to continue developing in the veterinary industry and to be a helping hand in your pets health.  

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Mikaila - Veterinary Receptionist

Hey there! My name is Mikaila, a passionate animal lover and dedicated veterinarian receptionist. With a heart full of love for our furry friends, I'm here to greet you and your pets with a warm smile and a helping hand. Whether it's scheduling appointments, answering questions, or providing a comforting presence, I strive to create a positive and welcoming experience for both pets and their humans. Together, let's make every visit to the clinic a tail-wagging, purr-fect one!

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Elena - Veterinary Receptionist

Hello, I'm Elena, and I am thrilled to em-"bark" on my veterinary journey at Point Loma Veterinary Clinic.  My main goal is to be a veterinary technician, particularly focusing on aiding rescues.  Growing up surrounded by dogs and horses, my deep-rooted love for animals has fueled my lifelong commitment to their well-being.  At home, I have a wonderful German Shepherd/Labrador mix named Mooshu, with whom I share a special bond.  Soccer is our favorite pastime, and we play together all the time.  I'm excited to channel my passion into making a positive impact in the field of veterinary care.


Patty - Veterinary Technician

My name is Patty. I'm a veterinary Technician. I attended Pima Medical Institute in 2006 and completed Veterinary Allied Staff Education to become eligible for the VTNE in 2021. I started in the surgical department cleaning, maintaining, preparing surgical instrument and worked my way into practice management. I love working hands on with the pets, providing excellent patient care and client education. I have a French Bulldog named Lucious and am a mother to a beautiful teenager.

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Justyce - Veterinary Receptionist

Hello, my name is Justyce. I am currently serving as a veterinary receptionist at Point Loma Veterinary Clinic. I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science at The University of Arizona. In addition to my academic endeavors, I hold the position of social chair in the Pre-Vet Club and am an active member of the Collegiate Livestock Growers Association. Following the completion of my bachelor's degree, I plan to continue my education in veterinary school. I am dedicated to providing compassionate and professional care for your pet and will always advocate for their well-being. I also have a pet of my own, a pitbull/boxer mix named Widow.

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Sydney - Veterinary Receptionist

Hi there! I’m Sydney, and I’m thrilled to be a veterinary receptionist at Point Loma Vet Clinic. My love for all animals runs deep, and I am passionate about providing the best care and friendly service to our patients and their owners. Whether it’s a waggy-tailed dog or a purring cat, every animal that comes through our doors is special to me. At home, I have an amazing cat named Diona, who keeps me company and reminds me daily why I love working in this field. My love for Diona inspires me to bring that same friendliness and warmth to my work every day. As a dedicated member of the Point Loma Vet Clinic team, I strive to make every visit a positive experience for both pets and their owners. I look forward to welcoming you and your furry friends to our clinic!

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Heaven - Veterinary Assistant

Hello there! My name is Heaven, and these are my two dogs, Huggy and Floky. I unfortunately left them with my family in the Philippines when I moved here :(. Nonetheless, they are well-cared for and are very spoiled with all the good things in life! I am currently a student enrolled at Southwestern College, where I am completing prerequisite courses with the aim of advancing to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. I am striving hard in order to gain more opportunities that would significantly assist in expanding my experience and enhancing my knowledge in the field of veterinary science. I am eager to gain practical skills and insights that will prepare me comprehensively for my future professional pursuits. Your pet. Our passion.

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.