Dr. Donna Valerie

Dr. Valerie owned El Cerrito Veterinary Hospital for more than 26 years before turning it over to Dr. Massey in 2015. A native of Detroit, Dr. Valerie completed her under-graduate degree at the University of Michigan and earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1976. While raising two daughters, Chelsea and Allison, and running a successful veterinary practice, Dr. Valerie also found time in the 1980s to appear weekly on KGTV-10 News as San Diego's “Pet Vet.” Dr. Valerie has been married for over 30 years to Mark Sauer, host of The Round Table on KPBS. Dr. Valerie welcomed her first granddaughter, Valerie, in 2014 and is expecting another granddaughter by Christmas of 2015. Dr. Valerie lives with Mark, her 94 year-old mother Irene, as well as a ragdoll named Princess Fiona and an orange tabby named Raylan.


Throughout her many years in practice, Dr. Valerie's philosophy regarding veterinary medicine remains unchanged: Pets deserve the best care possible and their owners deserve the best information available on how to keep pets healthy and happy. When not at work you will find her on the tennis court or curled up with a book, a cup of tea, and a cat on her lap.


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