SPCA CLINIC VETERINARIANS
Medical Director - Dr. Nermin Massoud
Dr. Massoud officially joined our team September 9, 2010 as a relief vet while our primary veterinarians were on vacation. Prior to that, she donated her time as a volunteer for the SPCA, spaying and neutering our shelter friends.
Dr. Massoud received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1995 from Alexandria University in Egypt. Relocating to the United States in 2000, she and her husband decided to start a family. She continued her education and received her DVM in the United States in 2007 from Tuskegee University of Alabama.
Dr. Massoud performs spays and neuters for the SPCA as well as seeing clients for wellness exams, treatments, diagnostics and routine care. Dr. Massoud takes great pride in her position and profession and enjoys nothing more than caring for the pets of Brevard County. Her primary experience and interest is in the care of canine and feline family members.
On a personal level, she enjoys swimming, reading, spending time with her family and all types of sports.
Dr. Megan Larive
Dr. Larive was born and raised in southern Louisiana. She decided that she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was 7 years old and never looked back. Dr. Larive attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal, Dairy, and Poultry Sciences in 2013. She then attended the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine where she focused on Shelter Medicine and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. Dr. Larive moved to Florida the day after graduation to begin working at the SPCA Clinic. Her primary interests include surgery, preventative medicine, and raising infant kittens. Outside of work, Dr. Larive enjoys reading, visiting the theme parks of Orlando, and spending time with her cats, Asher and Dottie. She makes frequent trips home to Louisiana to visit family and enjoy Cajun cuisine. Dr. Larive also loves sports and is an avid LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints fan.
Dr. Iulia El-Gendi
Dr. El-Gendi (or Dr. E as we call her) was born in Romania and moved to New York when she was 9 years old. She received her BS from Stony Brook University in 2011 and went on to St. George’s University and University of Florida to complete her DVM.
Dr. E and her husband live in Orlando with their beloved kitty Clementine. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing badminton, and sightseeing with her husband.
Dr. Virginia Somers
Dr. Virginia Somers was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia Throughout her childhood, her family was home to a variety of fun and exotic pets – from dogs and cats to lovebirds and snakes. This led her to a career working with animals, both in small animal clinics and in exotic animal hospitals. She also worked with zebras and elephants while in school, volunteering at a local sanctuary. After earning her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Florida, Dr. Somers decided to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine through UF as well. After graduating, she moved to South Carolina to practice shelter medicine, where she helped provide care for hundreds of homeless pets while they searched for their forever homes. Three years later, she decided to relocate back down to the Sunshine State to join the team at the SPCA’s clinic, where she hopes to learn and grow as a veterinarian while continuing to help animals in need.
Outside of her work as a veterinarian, Dr. Somers has a passion for reading and writing, and a special love for poetry which has filled several bookshelves. She enjoys painting, arts and crafts, and (especially now that she is back in Florida) taking to the water in her kayak. She is also following in the footsteps of both her father and grandfather by developing a passion for woodworking, and enjoys relaxing in her workshop working on small projects and building furniture in her spare time. She lives in sunny Orlando with her two cats, Zucchini and Phoebus, and three snakes, Mango, Mocha, and Asiago.