Our Doctors

Aurora Animal Doctor - Matt Fordham

Matt Fordham

DVM/Owner

Dr. Matt Fordham is a graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2004 with the majority of that time spent as director of VCA MountainView Animal Hospital in Highlands Ranch, CO. He is a member of the AVMA and the CVMA and is pen-hip certified.

Dr. Fordham is a loved veterinarian and was one of the top rated vets in Highlands Ranch (check his ratings out on yelp from his time at VCA MountainView). He is so excited to be starting his own veterinary clinic. His clients value his friendliness, strong communication skills, and his supportive-caring personality. His clients feel supported, listened to, respected, and cared for.

Outside the office, Dr. Fordham enjoys spending time with his wife, Shawny, and is a loving father to their two children, Reece and Joelle. They have two dogs, a 15-year-old pound puppy named Brady and a 3-year-old golden retriever named Lucy. Dr. Fordham is an avid baseball and football fan and loves to cook.

Melissa Ward - Aurora DVM
Melissa DVM Family

Melissa Ward

DVM

We are so excited to announce that Dr. Ward has returned to Tall Grass Animal Hospital from maternity leave. She is back in action and ready to care for your pets.

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Dr. Melissa Ward graduated from Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2016. She completed a one-year internship at the Dumb Friends League, where she routinely performed high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, as well as a variety of soft tissue surgeries. Prior to veterinary school, she spent 12 years in the veterinary field in a variety of roles, including Certified Veterinary Technician, in the general practice and animal shelter setting. Dr. Ward maintains avid involvement in shelter medicine through relief and volunteer work. She is a member of AVMA, CVMA, and HSVMA and is also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. Additionally, she has a background in veterinary hospice care, which allows her to help guide families through difficult end-of-life and quality of life discussions.

Dr. Ward’s primary values in veterinary medicine revolve around providing quality patient and client care in a supportive, compassionate manner.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ward enjoys spending time with her husband, Matthew, their two dogs, Eva and Izzy, and their 15-year-old cat, Frankie, as well as three snakes and a tortoise. She also enjoys painting, being outdoors, and recently developed an interest in paragliding.