Elneda Connors, DVM
Elneda joined the SPCA as a part-time veterinarian in 2018. She attended East Stroudsburg State College (PA), graduating in 1980 with a degree in Biology/Biological Chemistry, intending to become a physician. She realized that a career as an MD was not for her, but continued to work in hospitals and related businesses for the next 12 years. She never lost her love for science and medicine, and an adopted shelter dog named Sam made her realize that veterinary medicine was her calling. She received her DVM from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.
Although she initially thought she would work in a shelter, and loved her externship at Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, the challenge and variety of cases in private practice set her course for the next 20 years. She owned Camino Real Pet Clinic in Burlingame for over 11 years, and moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 2012. In this area, she provided veterinary relief services then worked as a part-time associate at Monterey Animal Hospital. She retired from private practice in 2017. After filling in at the SPCA in spring 2018, she realized that she loved being a veterinarian too much to retire. In May 2019, she was promoted to Chief of Veterinary Staff.
Elneda lives in Carmel Valley with her husband Matt and two Guide Dogs for the Blind medical career change black Labs, Mulligan and Norton. They hike regularly at Garland Park, where she and Matt have been volunteer naturalists. She participates in Ikebana, dabbles in California native plant landscaping, likes trying new recipes and loves international travel. She is passionate about using her knowledge and experience to care for animals at the SPCA.
Alecia DuCharme, DVM
Alecia joined the SPCA for Monterey County as a veterinarian in April 2018. She attended UC Berkeley to earn a BS in Biochemistry and graduated from the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. She has since worked with all sorts of pets including cattle and small ruminants in Kansas and Canada, and more recently at a dog and cat spay and neuter clinic in Wisconsin.
Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, in her 20’s she took a break from “real life” to travel and wound up living in northern British Columbia for several years. Living in such a remote area and working to help animals inspired her to become a veterinarian.
Alecia spent several years in the Bay Area while in school, and has always longed to return to the beautiful California coast. She enjoys live music, a crisp glass of sauvignon blanc and a competitive round of ping-pong. Her dog, Leonard, will keep her busy exploring the hiking trails and beaches of Monterey County. Alecia is excited to work with pets at the SPCA’s high-quality, affordable Veterinary Clinic and help animals in need rescued by the SPCA.
Andrea Lin, DVM
Andrea joined the SPCA for Monterey as a veterinarian in May 2018. She attended University of California, San Diego to earn a B.S. in Physiology and Neuroscience and went on to graduate from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine. She has since performed thousands of surgeries, particularly dog and cat spays and neuters.
Growing up, Andrea has had many pets, from goldfish to guinea pigs and one very smart dwarf rabbit named Lavender. She is currently the proud owner of a very well-mannered pet rabbit named Sir Edgar who enjoys bok choy and exploring.
In addition to her skills as a surgeon, Andrea is a dedicated practitioner of Italian longsword, stick fighting, grappling, and European Martial Arts. She also enjoys obstacle course racing, particular Spartan Races, of which she has completed many. In all aspects of her life, Andrea puts forth her best efforts.
The commitment and dedication that Andrea applies to her daily life, she applies to providing quality care for all animals. Andrea looks forward to helping animals who have nowhere to go, or people and their pets with no other options at the SPCA.