VCA Antech Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
127 Reviews
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127 Reviews
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Helping animals, used to have a great employee discount, employee pet feeding plan/discount, and free revolution for my cat (in 15 reviews)

  • Working with animals and gaining experience in that field (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • As a hospital manager or medical director, you have to bend the rules to keep good employees and clients (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management is without morals or professional judgement , they have no soul (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    They are expensive and they do not pay well.

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    Current Employee - Veterinary Assistant  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Veterinary Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pet discount is great at 75% off.

    Cons

    The rate of pay is terrible even for the amount of experience I had. There is not really an opportunity to move up in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    keep on looking, underpaid, underappreciated, very difficult to have a life outside this place!

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    Former Employee - Tech
    Former Employee - Tech

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    good pet discount although prices are high to begin with
    locations everywhere good if moving you can transfer to another location until you get to know the area and hopefully find something better and trust me it shouldn't be hard to find

    Cons

    very under paid
    never a consistent schedule, changes day to day week to week
    get sent home if there's no appts bc they cant loose money
    have to stay late other times-like an hour or two late
    get called right before coming in saying don't come in today its to dead
    get called before shifts saying call back at 12 to see when to come in the 3 to see when to come in basically your entire day turns to on call status
    cut hours frequently and when they send people home then appts book up and we are very very understaffed
    SO MUCH FAVORTISM - only if your go out and drink and are friends with management do you get any appreciation/ first say in the scheduling
    say they have no money for raises or anything but give vets giftc ards for high performance each month/ always redoing the hospital in some way
    randomly extend hours/ days open with hardly any notice to employees
    cut hours to 28-36 for full time and never let you have overtime even when understaffed
    NO ROOM FOR GROWTH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop favoring employees, stop going out and trying to be best friends with them this isn't high school or college its a business.
    stop caring more about how much money you are making and start caring about your employees because then the employees will care more about the company instead of having such high turn over rates or employees saying everyday they come in they shoudl've called out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Quality Care. One big Sorority House

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    Former Employee - Veterinarian
    Former Employee - Veterinarian

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits (401k, health, pet benefits, CE days and funds) . Good pay. Good CE events. Several hospitals in network across country.

    Cons

    Lack of emphasis on quality patient care, work ethic, and client service. Too much emphasis on everybody being best friends. Way too much favoritism based on who is friends with who. Lack of professionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what a veterinary hospital is supposed to be there for. Patient care and client service. Allow your medical directors and hospital managers to manage. And if they are not managing, they should not be there. Remove the focus from being one big party.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    The day I quit was the best day of my life.

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    Former Employee - LVT  in  Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - LVT in Columbia, SC

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Helping animals, used to have a great employee discount, employee pet feeding plan/discount, and free revolution for my cat.

    Cons

    the health insurance is a joke, they only care about money, the pay is horrible! I am an LVT and I was not paid near what I should have been paid. Also a lot of the techs there did not go to school and they were paid better than I was. The staff played favorites and techs were treated more like janitors than techs while the assistants sat around and did nothing. In fact the other LVT and I had a joke that we were "Janitor Technicians". Also the prices were outrageous!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower your prices! A lot of the equipment is old and you are charging people way too much! Value your members of staff that have an education and pay them accordingly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    How things change.

    Former Employee - Vet Tech
    Former Employee - Vet Tech

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    we'll they have meetings twice A month. which gives us A free lunch. Not sure of the pros to work for VCA.I quit!

    Cons

    I had the best job.I would pace the floor with anticipation to go in. Then it happened the owners sold their business to VCA at first nothing changed then little by little they started bringing in their people. Our happy family is almost gone. one by one were all leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to watch how much power they give to their office managers they get BIG heads and treat employees like crap.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Part of corporate buyout - stayed on for 2 years, very unhappy

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    Former Employee - Veterinary Technician/Receptionist  in  Maple Shade, NJ
    Former Employee - Veterinary Technician/Receptionist in Maple Shade, NJ

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    better computer system than our old practice

    Cons

    Employees treated like mentally incompetent monkeys by the CO. We were made to do *hours* of unpaid online training. Our prices jacked up exponentially after being bought out by VCA and the quality of client service has significantly declined. Several employees who had been with the hospital for decades while it was under private ownership left within two years of the cooperate takeover. Lost a massive number of old clients to other local private practices. The entire staff was trained to suggestively sell medical procedures such as yearly dental cleanings under general anesthesia. Vets and techs very unhappy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY FROM VCA

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Getting to see animals throughout your shift, decent pay

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. Hours were terrible, the hospital manager was the worst I've ever seen. I was in training for front desk, they left me all alone up there filling other animals prescriptions! First off, I didn't even know how to do that! That is a vet techs job. I called her over the intercom and asked for help. It took her 5 mins to get up to the front desk because she was in the back being a vet tech because our staff was so short.
    There were plenty of rumors at this hospital. Even the other manager was talking crap about other employees to me. How professional is that?? Some of the vet techs that work there aren't even certified, they just got promoted from front desk....
    The Dvms at this hospital had absolutely no passion for animals. One vet says to me" I effing hate cats!!" What type of "vet" are you? The rumors at this hospital circled from kennel, front desk, vet techs and veterinarians. I will never again step foot in this building. Worst company I've ever worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire professional people, update the systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Atrocious Work Environment, Uncaring of Employee's!

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    Former Employee - R V T Registered Veterinary Technician  in  Sebastopol, CA
    Former Employee - R V T Registered Veterinary Technician in Sebastopol, CA

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pet discounts on medical services, vaccines, rx's and food.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and order between VCA hospitals. Doctors treated technicians and assistants with disrespect. They expect a high level of professionalism and performance from their employees, but you don't seem to get the same treatment.
    As an employee you aren't treated like part of a team or a family. You are treated as someone who can easily be replaced at any given time, so there is no leniency for life situations that happen like being sick, family passing away, or minute human mistakes.
    Unethical company policy related to the way certain tests and medical services seem to be pushed on clients. Hospital protocols aren't backed up by current veterinary evidence-based medicine. :^(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with more respect. Have better communication between hosptals and more consistancy with training and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    No appreciation at all,it was never good enough for them!

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    Former Employee - Certified/Supervisor Vet Tech  in  Danbury, CT
    Former Employee - Certified/Supervisor Vet Tech in Danbury, CT

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Its better than starving to death or living under a bridge in a cardboard box.one perk discounted pet care.

    Cons

    Greedy,selfish,noncareing upper management.it was always about the money to them!never in touch with the the real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of having all those worthless meetings that make you all feel oh so important visit your hospitals and find out what's really going on in them.you may be surprised!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    they violate labor laws

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lake Success, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Success, NY

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    it was a job that paid and it was in science

    Cons

    I went many times without lunch until my shift was over, and I was talked to like I was not working fast enough. I quit after 2 months. If I have to stay overtime, you better pay me what is required. The management makes all the money... they should all be ashamed of themselves. I can't believe their stocks are doing so well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loose the dumb attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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