VCA Bascom Animal Hospital

Matthew Kafka, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
UC Santa Cruz


Dr. Matthew Kafka is a southern California native. He attended UC Santa Cruz for undergrad and continued on to Ross University to earn his DVM. He relocated back to the Santa Clara area in 2013 with his wife, Melissa and their wonderful baby boy, Reed. To complete their family, the Kafka's have two amazing mixed breed dogs, Barry and Stella and a tuxedo kitty, Charlie Bruce. During his free time Dr. Kafka has been enjoying all the adventures and responsibilities of being a new dad, while still finding time 'on occasion' to enjoy his favorite past times like trekking the outdoors, camping, kayaking, gardening and his constant quest for the next trophy fish to be caught and released!   


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

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.