VCA Antech Reviews

Updated 12 September, 2014
Updated 12 September, 2014
127 Reviews
2.1
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  

    Corporate Greed. Buying up neighborhood clinics, tearing them down

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Get to do what you love with animals but at a price to your well being.

    Cons

    - low wages or no raises in over 3 years
    - poor management (lack of experience)
    - little training for management
    - terrible hours (either too low to qualify for benefits or overworked with no OT)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The largest veterinary clinic on the north shore will be closing its doors for the final time this fall. It is the latest victim of small-minded, big business thinking.

    Capilano Pet Hospital has been a landmark, of sorts, on the north shore: sitting on the corner of Capilano Road and the west bound entrance to highway 1 for over fifty years. It is rare to meet a North Vancouverite who has not taken one of their beloved pets there at some point in their life. It was a thriving and busy clinic for many years. In 2007, Dr. Bob Skinner, the owner and operator of CPH, retired, selling the clinic to Associate Veterinary Clinics (A.V.C.). Already owners of multiple clinics in Alberta and Ontario, A.V.C. brought its profitable business model to the North Shore, transforming Capilano Pet Hospital. These changes did not go unnoticed by clients and staff, alike. In 2012, AVC was bought out by an even larger American corporation VCA Antech, further altering the busy practice.

     Despite losing many familiar faces, Capilano continued to be a very successful practice, with a revenue stream exceeding $3 million dollars a year. However, Capilano was failing in other ways: the staff was gradually suffocating under poor management and unfair working conditions. Seeking a resolution to these problems, the support staff formed a union. It was a year long process taking two attempts to certify, after the suits successfully squelched the first attempt. The results were modest. The collective agreement mainly managed to secure the employees’ hours and existing benefits so they could not be removed, as was their previous experience under this management. Although wages were increased, the grid wage is still far below industry standard. Only a few weeks after the collective agreement was ratified Associate Vet Clinics announced to staff that Capilano would be closing its’ doors for good; effectively laying off over twenty support staff and eight doctors.

    An aging building combined with a decrease in business was the reason cited for the closure. VCA could simply not afford the costs to relocate or rebuild based on Capilano’s revenue, so they opted to close for good. Perhaps, revenue of over $3 million is peanuts to a company whose enterprise value exceeds $2.8 billion or there is another explanation for this closure. Now that one of their 600+ clinics has successfully unionized, the fear is that more clinics will sign on, especially since they will not have to undergo the lengthy, arduous task of bargaining as did the brave, ground-breaking staff of Capilano. This is petrifying to corporations: united workers take power away from owners and can achieve access to more of the profits. Unfortunately, the flip side of the coin is completely overlooked: Happy, empowered workers are more loyal, more productive and take less sick time; thereby, potentially increasing profits. But rather than allow workers to ensure their rights to job security and a healthy and fair workplace, VCA Antech decided to not only put dozens of staff out of work, but to abandon thousands of loyal clients and their beloved pets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    There alright

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    Former Employee - Kennel Tech  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Kennel Tech in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    Benefits really is all I can say

    Cons

    managers are buddy up tight or sleeping whith each other. They do not promote from whith in some hospital managers are noit qualified to do there job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop taking to law what a hospital manger says without talking to the other employees invovled this goes to HR

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits, decent wages

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good employee discount, a lot of encouragement for staff involvement.

    Cons

    Could have better hours offered

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not much different than most other hospitals in the area.

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    Current Employee - Certified Veterinary Technician  in  Cheshire, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Certified Veterinary Technician in Cheshire, CT (US)

    I have been working at VCA Antech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    job security working for a large corp, pet benefits, decent health insurance, multiple job opportunities in other locations,

    Cons

    management that doesn't listen, and is non-complaint with its own rules and regulations, no raises or performance reviews for years at a time, will work employees until they drop with no care about work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have a lot to say, but they wouldn't listen...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It's not about the animals

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VCA Antech part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Consistent hours and generally well-supplied facility.

    Cons

    The bottom-line is the amount of money pulled in for corporate -- if your individual hospital is successful, staff isn't compensated, instead you're asked to perform even better to increase profit (i.e., work with less staff but please increase revenue!!)....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that all of the people working in the animal hospitals are truly there for the pets and their owners... Remember that a RAISE goes a long way to increase employee satisfaction and decrease employee turnover. Remember that QUALIFIED staff members are valuable assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Well it was ok but....

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great environment, bring your dog to work, great people, great break room perks.

    Cons

    Ridiculously long hours when month end closing, no growth potential, never leave on time, supervisor have no idea how to train.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please think of a better and efficient way to train new comers and make them grow. And think of the people on the bottom of the totem pole and think in their shoes and not the high executive point of view

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not worth staying long term.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Working with animals and having a good relationship with coworkers.

    Cons

    For the most part VCA Denver employees are like a family. Employees here work very hard to keep clients happy. They stick together because deep down know that the corporation side of the business ignores what goes on. Year after year, employees work flexible shifts, deal with sometimes irate clients, are responsible for more than the job descriptions state and yet DO NOT GET RAISES. Benefits are offered, but most can not afford to pay into this. Discounts are given, but that too does not pay your bills. Trying to go overtime here is a no no. Some people work 40 hours a week here and part time somewhere else. What?! They shouldn't have to! It leaves very little time for their families. Most people come to work everyday and try to stay positive given the situation, but it gets very frustrating knowing no changes are made. Employees can't be the ones to make these changes. This has to start with Supervisors, Managers, Administration etc. The turnover rate is unlike anything I've ever seen before. This place has lost wonderful employees. Off the top of my head I'd say I've seen VCA Denver lose nearly 30-40 people a year. That is horrible. How is this even acceptable? For one reason, the hospital takes in many Bel Rea Institute Interns which is great for learning purposes but to a long term employee who has been their for years with no raise and decides to move on from the company, they don't feel valued. They are replaceable by students and forgotten about. It seems as if VCA does not even bother trying to keep anyone here and they are losing some really great people. Very sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, but the pay isn't great.

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    Current Employee - Receptionist  in  Mission Viejo, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Mission Viejo, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    It's a big company, so you are covered with all of you lunches and breaks.
    You can transfer to other VCA's across the country if you move.
    The discount is amazing if you have sick pets.

    Cons

    The pay isn't great. They expect a lot for a little. Hours can be hard to come by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 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 (US)
    Current Employee - Veterinary Assistant in Seattle, WA (US)

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Veterinary Technician in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, that's pretty much it.

    Cons

    Upper management thinks so highly of themselves they fail to remember they are also human beings. They expect you to do tasks that they simply don't want to do, expecting you to drop anything your doing at the drop of a hat. Deppressing environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe training would be a good idea for EVERYONE. Upper management needs to understand the world doesn't revolve around them and a team environment would be much more helpful. Also, hiring people who are just there for a check and don't really care cause the people who docare a lot more headache.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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