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VCA Antech Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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VCA Antech Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Antin
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Pros
  • Great employee discount, good medicine (in 19 reviews)

  • Generous employee pet discount, quality medical ethics (in theory), state of the art facility, great dental insurance (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay compared to the average in the area (in 10 reviews)

  • Poor management, rules do not apply to all employees, standards do not apply to all customers (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Poor Training, High Stress"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot of good management skills and HR was good to deal with. Great discount on pet supplies, medications and animal care.

    Cons

    I was pretty much thrown into a job with very little training. Environment was very cliquey. Low pay compared to doing the same job other places.

    Advice to Management

    Training shouldn't be throw people in and see if they sink or swim


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Friendliness of co-workers/staff
    Relaxed environment
    Great mission

    Cons

    Vacation time and number of holidays were below average


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Hospital Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    I personally think management is very difficult and stressful in a hospital setting. The pay is competetive, but it was not worth the stress of the position to me personally


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  5. "Overall, good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee pet discounts are the most generous I've seen and I've been able to give the top notch care I recommend to clients to my own pets. Access to multitudes of free online and in person CE. Good vision and dental insurance, 401k, life insurance. Pay is competitive for the area I work in. While every workplace has their issues, I've found the ones at VCA to be mostly manageable (though this will vary from hospital to hospital, I'm sure). Technicians and veterinarians all answer to the same manager, so the all-too-common mistreatment of technicians by veterinarians is minimal here and I feel respected. Mostly positive workplace with the exception of a few negative employees. Great team environment (for the most part).

    Cons

    Health insurance is so bad that I declined it and pay out of pocket for private insurance. Emergency can be hectic (expectedly), but more so when the sole ER doctor has to go to surgery and more emergencies are pouring in. They tend to hire a lot of new vet grads and it can be frustrating working with inexperienced veterinarians. The few negative employees here can really bring the team down and create divisiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Please reevaluate your health insurance options - most would rather pay a bit more in premiums to be able to go to a doctor without shelling out hundreds of dollars. Consider having an experienced on-call surgeon for emergency surgery, as opposed to having your only ER doctor for the shift have to handle it (in addition to any other emergencies present).


  6. "Not that great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, flexible working hours and discounts if you have a pet, great career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Manager should respect new employees and not talk behind their back and yelling across room. Not that great benefits and parking.

    Advice to Management

    Be nice to new comers and train them if they are not experienced with everything that is required for job position instead of telling everyone how inexperienced an employee is!!!!!!!And making fun of them.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Night shift"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Success, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Success, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience was okay for my first job

    Cons

    Night shift and split shifts


  8. "Revenue accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    Company overall is pretty cool

    Cons

    Revenue accounting management REALLY sucks!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Antech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VCA Antech full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros that I could think of

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Few Breaks
    Production line type work

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more breaks


  10. "vca employs spouse as full time veterinarian"

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    Current Employee - Spouse of Career Vet At VCA in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Spouse of Career Vet At VCA in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good quality medicine, experienced and capable staff

    Cons

    There is no vacation benefit for vets at this clinic. Me off,even for professional conferences , etc., is possible if you get another vet to cover your appointments when away. Consequently you end up paying the other doc back when he/she want time off. Not a healthy situation for typically overworked veterinarian.

    Advice to Management

    Give some reasonable paid vacation. Overall work would improve, not to mention health of employees.


  11. "Lab tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Helping give veterinarians pieces of the diagnostic puzzle to treat animals

    Cons

    Have a hard time balancing work/life and stress can be high.


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