VCA Charles E. London Animal Hospital

Elena Shockman, VMD, Associate Veterinarian

VMD, University of Pennsylvania


Elena grew up in Jenkintown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Although she grew up in the suburbs, she was always a farm girl at heart. She attended Pennsylvania State University for her undergraduate degree. She majored in Animal Bioscience and minored in Microbiology. In her spare time she rode with the Penn State Equestrian Team. Elena spent the year prior to vet school in research at Temple University studying Streptococcus mutants bio-films, the bacterium most commonly associated with dental cavities.

Elena continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania for her veterinary degree. After graduation, she spent a year in California for her internship, but decided Pennsylvania was where her heart lies. She returned to the east coast to start her career.

Elena likes to spend her free time outdoors, biking, hiking, and horseback riding or relaxing with her boxer, Marley.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

During office hours, critical emergencies will be handled immediately. Minor emergencies are prioritized on the basis of their severity. Please call ahead before you leave to make sure a doctor is available to care for your pet's emergency, and our staff can prepare for your pet's needs. After hours, emergency services are available for current-active clients by calling our office number. Your call will be screened by our answering service, and if necessary, forwarded to a doctor. If the doctors are not immediately available, you will be informed of the options.