VCA Antech Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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Pros
  • Good employee discount, a lot of encouragement for staff involvement (in 16 reviews)

  • Pet discounts, surrounded by people who love animals all day at the hospital level, so most are dedicated and really care (in 8 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

    Founded by venture capitalists, not veterinarians, the focus is on sales and profits rather than a vets oath.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VCA Antech (more than a year)

    Pros

    Room for advancement if you are willing to go the corporate route.
    Job security.
    Easy to relocate.
    Opportunity to train. Frequent paid seminars.

    Cons

    Poor pay, worse benefits.
    Emphasis is on profit and sales, rather than the veterinarians oath.
    Employees are expected to be equally good salesmen as vets, technicians, etc.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    There is no respect given to employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VCA Antech

    Pros

    The people working there, for the most part, really do care about your animal.

    Cons

    Low wages, zero respect, questionable morals. All this company wants to do is make mass amounts of money, they need to understand they cant step on everyone, including their customers. They buy low and sell very high and then claim supremacy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring employees with no experience just so you don't have to pay higher wages. I think the company can afford it.

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

    Only in it for corporate profit.

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    Current Employee - LVT in Newark, DE
    Current Employee - LVT in Newark, DE

    I have been working at VCA Antech

    Pros

    The other employees, who genuinely care about the outcome for clients and patients.

    Cons

    We are all getting swindled. Tha Antins have built an empire on the blood sweat and tears of good hard working people they overwork and under pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Too corporate for me

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    Current Employee - RVT
    Current Employee - RVT

    I have been working at VCA Antech

    Pros

    The location I work for is a busy practice, so I gained a lot of experience quickly there.

    Cons

    All they care about is money. You have to negotiate hard for any raises or CE reimbursement. They care more about selling their wellness plans and making sure everyone wears the proper uniform than actually practicing quality medicine and they'll try to get you to work 50 or 60 hour weeks unless you stand up for yourself and protect your free time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on getting and keeping quality staff and I bet you the money will follow. A bunch of new, inexperienced staff and doctors all fumbling around is never going to win you client trust and drives away those of us who want to be proud of their work at the end of the day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Senior Financial Reporting Analyst

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VCA Antech

    Pros

    Great Working Environment, Managers, and colleagues.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything bad.

  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Don't believe the recruitment ads.

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    Former Employee - Veterinarian, Medical Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Veterinarian, Medical Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits, 401K and "some" decisions are made at a local level. And that is being nice.

    Cons

    The immediate money is what counts at this company; pet and pet owners are secondary. And staff is at the bottom of the scale!!! 3 paid holidays per year!! And raises/salaries are low, yearly only, no matter how hard you work. Drs are asked to do unpaid duties all the time; and they will add to your contract at their discretion! You can leave if you do not like it. There is no interest to change anything.
    Many successful hospitals are being run into the ground by management who refuse to understand that customer service (after hours availability, care not to raises fee so high, happy staff, maintained facilities, ....) was the reason for the success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of California and truly visit your hospitals. Spend some time seeing what works and what does not (our regional people would stay an hour or two every so often, and totally ignored the majority of the staff). Have true feedback from the clients (we were instructed to report only positive feedback !!!). Stay more local, pet owners who want to do a lot for their pets are a different breed; try to understand their mentality better. And please, take better care of your workforce. Read veterinary magazines, specially the ones that are staff oriented!! And have the support office truly support the hospitals. We stopped calling to get help after a while, they were never aware or knowledgable. And sometimes the calls ended up putting some of our staff in trouble... If we mentioned any medical conditions, personal problems, etc, ; we would end up being hounded for months with unreasonable questions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Ok for part time work

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    Former Employee - Animal Care Assistant in Franklin Park, IL
    Former Employee - Animal Care Assistant in Franklin Park, IL

    I worked at VCA Antech part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I did get a lot of opportunities to do different work and get trained to do different tasks even though I was kennel.

    Cons

    Even though I was trained to do other tasks, I was never given the opportunity to actually grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Not a career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VCA Antech

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Benefits
    E/o weekend off

    Cons

    High school atmosphere, no team work, high pressure

  10. Account Payables Superivosr

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VCA Antech

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and casual environment.

    Cons

    Management have been there for a long time. These people are against changes and lack of vision

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. AP Admin

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    Current Employee - AP Clerk in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - AP Clerk in Long Beach, CA

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

    Pros

    Simple tasks to be performed, and the people are easy going.

    Cons

    Not any significant ones. Seems like a great company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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