Canada West Veterinary Specialists
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Canada West Veterinary Specialists Careers and Employment

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  • Company size
    51 to 200
  • Industry
    Personal Consumer Services
  • Link
    Canada West Veterinary Specialists website
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Rating is calculated based on 11 reviews and is evolving.



Patient Care Assistant in Vancouver, BC
on 26 May 2020
Great Place to learn and grow
If you are seeking a future in the Veterinary Industry Canada West is a great place to work. Everyday is a new learning opportunity and the company really supports growth with their Veterinary Technician Junior program. Everyone I worked with is friendly and supportive.
Technician in Burnaby, BC
on 29 March 2022
Awful Everything
Working here is like being back in high school, it is an extremely toxic work environment you will have people talk about you behind your back while trying to work in a full icu for 10 hours, There is a high turnover rate because management does not care to keep the staff they have and sees everyone has replaceable. It is a great place if you want to learn however how much you get to learn depends on how much people like you. Their is no one supervising on a day to day basis so lets just say some staff work harder then others.
Technician in Vancouver, BC
on 31 August 2021
Short term for most staff
The hospital, veterinarians and technicians are amazing people. The issue is leadership and HR. There is an extreme lack of professionalism and experience. The general manager operates more as a CEO and is very hands-off day to day. The day-to-day is left to a very inexperienced team. The hospital would operate better if there is a specific trained manager in place.There is a huge turnover of Staff which puts a burden on everybody else in the hospital with a constant revolving door. The hospital should be offering more than two weeks vacation and three sick days per year. This is just not acceptable this day and age. The hospital should put more effort into retaining staff than recruitment.
Veterinary Technician in Vancouver, BC
on 23 January 2020
Very stressful
Canwest is an incredible place. everyone are very compassionate and they do their best. Unfortunately, it’s a very competitive environment, and you don’t receive a feedback properly from your supervisor on time.
Veterinary Technician ICU/ERCC in Vancouver, BC
on 19 September 2019
Misleading management and obvious favouritism
I worked at CanWest for just over a year as a technician. During that time, I saw multiple technicians and assistants come and go, and at first I wasn't sure why. When hired, management draws this incredible picture of a happy work environment, great wages, a 4 day on 3 day off week and rotating schedules, which none is true. To start - Scheduling. You can be rotating from overnights (9pm-7am) to evenings (7pm-5am) and they claim you have not worked 6 months of overnights. They'll also rotate you "weekends" from Thur-Sun to Sat-Wed and claim that as rotating weekends. Evening/ Overnight and Weekend staffs do not get to attend many of the CE offered since it's always during their night and during the week, which was a huge issue for me since I was trying to grow my career. Every technician hired will go through this, and based on how much the scheduler likes you, you could potentially get a change in shift, but it's highly unlikely. Evenings and overnights are equipped with 1 (maybe 2) doctors to take care of the whole hospital, which means most of the staff are doing mass amounts of overtime and called in on their days off to help with the work load. The care lacks on overnights because there simply isn't enough staffing. Hope to work during the day or in a service (or request it early on) or you will be massively overworked. Pay is adequate. If you look at all the overtime you will do and the "premiums" you receive by working at night, you make slightly more than any other vet tech in Vancouver. Your lifestyle will however suffer and you won't necessarily advance your career, if that's what you're hoping to do. Going to a service (specialized departments) is considered a privilege. If management does not like you, you will never move to a service. I know of multiple employees being told they were "too valuable" in the ICU to advance their career and move into a service. If you are interested in working for a certain department, I would wait until there is a opening and apply directly to it, to avoid the dark hole that is the ICU/ERCC. All in all, there is massive favouritism with management which is obvious with scheduling and within departments. This has created strong cliques within the practice, competitivity and honestly, bullying. Doctors have even been told to not socialize with technicians outside of work because that shows a lack of professionalism. Wages are mediocre, hours are horrible, and the quality of animal care (especially on overnights) is also not amazing - considering the lack of staffing and time for adequate care. Specialty hospitals are amazing and I do have hopes for this one, they just need to strongly reconsider their management.

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