Encore Vet Group
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Benefits for all employees are top tier- definitely some of the best in the industry. The hospital teams are great too. Working with them and with your own department is probably the best part of the job. That’s the good I can I say about it. Lots of turnover since last year and lots of unhappy people. It just keeps getting worse.
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Avoid this company

Although the individual hospitals may have great teams, corporate is a joke. Their home office has as many staff members as they do hospitals and turnover at the corporate level is very high. They make promises they never intend to keep and if you complain or speak up you are labeled as a troublemaker or not a team player. They say they are about the people, but only if the people fit their mold. They are constantly looking for a scapegoat instead of realizing it might be the upper management.This company and their hospitals are on a downward spiral. I would not be surprised if they sold/consolidated within the next year.




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  • Ability to meet personal goals
  • Ability to learn new things

Healthy Environment, Good People

Pay is competitive, work life balance is phenomenal, people are superior. I love being part of a company that truly cares and appreciates the work you do in the practice.
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Toxic Workplace

Friendship Hospital for Animals in Chevy Chase is the most toxic, mentally deranged environment I have ever experienced. Associates are worked to the bone while upper management plots and plans and looks for scapegoats. It has been mismanaged for years. Instead of instilling actual needed change, they scream this is how it’s always been done while expecting a different outcome. 0 stars.
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Management Scares Staff Away

Staff is leaving left and right because of the lack of support you get from the management. They will use you up without a second thought, make sure you set your limits and stick to them!




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Vet Assistant position is a JOKE

Be prepared to be a janitor with no appreciation or support. You will receive plenty of criticism, but no help from anyone. If you ask a question (you’re new, of course you’re going to have questions), senior employees will LITERALLY ROLL THEIR EYES AT YOU and be short. If you do something wrong, you will not be educated or guided at all; you will be pushed aside and replaced by someone who knows better. You’ll be excluded from just about everything and treated like an outsider. I’ve never worked in such a toxic environment. Run far far away from here if you value your mental health and self worth.


There’s like two people that aren’t god awful


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Better than average corporate practice

I’ve worked for several nationwide vet corps. 30+ years experience. Encore actually leaves you alone, but are very responsive if you express concerns. Pay and benefits somewhat better than average. Far far better experience than banfield, vca, etc


Good responsive management


Management would benefit from more experience
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If you love being overworked with ridiculous expectations, work here!

I wish I was exaggerating, the workload here is insane! You are expected to submit rad reviews, pathology reviews, complete 90% of the medical record, never say no to appointments, no matter if you are overwhelmed, or uncomfortable with the type of case. Even if clients are 25 minutes late to a 30-minute appointment, you better hop to it! No complaints otherwise you are poisoning the culture! What did I learn? Never work at a place that promotes being an "urgent care" clinic. Unless you like regularly staying after your scheduled shift, after the hospital is closed, starting diagnostics on patients that are STABLE, and could come back the next day (during business hours) to complete their diagnostics. If you like being held to a higher standard than a doctor, then by golly this is the job for you!


Sometimes, there's kitten appointments.


benefits, working hours, work/life balance, workload, expectations.
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Don't work there

Do not work for them or their hospitals. They say they are all about "the people" but they are the worst! They are disorganized, have no clue, and will ruin your hospital.
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Do not recommend

Loved the job before encore took over. They only care about their bottom line, no care for the employees and no representation unless you were in a management position. When trying to reach out for assistance multiple employees were ignored and then treated badly for speaking up about issues. Also, the insurance was a joke and when I reached out for help I was sent to multiple different people and ultimately never got it resolved before I left the company.
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Active, fun work environment with easy-going management

I love working at Animal Care East under the Encore Vet Group! A nice thing about the management group, Encore, is that they offer an employee credit for our pets’ vet visits on top of also including scrub vouchers for both part-time and full-time employees, which is very convenient and accommodating. The doctors at Animal Care East are brothers and are both very nice, caring, and easy-going, just like the on-site management. The team, as a whole, is great. We always try and start the day with some good music and positive vibes since the days can definitely get hectic and sometimes stressful. Overall, I absolutely recommend working here. The clinic and management group definitely feel like a family.


Discounted pet care, scrub vouchers, employee credits, PTO (full-time only), mobile app(s), flexible schedule, weekends off, positive work environment


Limited wifi/cell signal in some areas
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It’s a very cliquey environment and management doesn’t seem to actually care. They promise a lot and don’t follow through. Staff aren’t well paid and turn over rate is extremely high. Unless you’re one of the higher ups you aren’t truly cared about. Work environment is pretty toxic. That being said I did form some good friendships there and the doctors are all very professional and care about their patients.
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Awesome culture and benefits!

Encore offers so many great resources and support while still allowing us to be who we want to be and make our own decisions as a local vet practice serving our community. Awesome company to work for! :)
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Fun, engaging work environment

The work was easy to learn and manage. I worked with a very supportive team and received constructive feedback every month. The training was great both hands on and virtually. I was very happy to accept the position though the pay was lower than expected. The benefits were great. I was very unhappy when they let me go after only a few months because the business location was not doing well and they needed to cut payroll.


Supportive co-workers, great benefits, flexible time off


low pay, no loyalty, it's all about revenue, personnel and customers are secondary
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Embrace your future with confidence

Our founders started with a simple idea: a veterinary community where people could be themselves without the drama of red tape. From there, it grew into a group of unique practices that keep the pets in their neighborhoods happy and healthy, just as they set out to do years before. Together we created something that is changing the profession. A future with Encore is about being your unique self, seizing new opportunities, building meaningful relationships, and being a force of good in the world of veterinary medicine.Every day I get to work for Encore is another day where I can live out my purpose, making lives better for our community. My colleagues at work are also my friends who I trust and admire. There are endless opportunities for growth and advancement. I've learned so much through my relationships alone. I am constantly surrounded by inspiring people who make me feel valued. I know my future is bright with Encore and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
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Fun workplace, Like one big family

I have never worked for a company that immediately made me feel included. At most jobs there's the award first few days except at Encore that never happened everyone was so welcoming and is so helpful. They immediately make you feel like family. The company truly cares about your growth as well as your thoughts on process improvements You really feel like your voice can be heard. I have never been more proud to work for a company both because of what they do but also the culture they have!
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Encore cares about YOU!

I’ve been so impressed with this company since day 1. Everyone is incredibly genuine, and I feel supported to be myself while doing the things I love! I am always surrounded by an informed and passionate team that is infectiously energized every day to think things better than they were the day before. Encore really strives to grow leaders and provides you what you need to have purposeful growth opportunities for yourself and your career. I can’t imagine working for better people!


Education Opportunities, Leadership Opportunities, Great Benefits
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It feels like a big family. I love working for Encore.

Encore to me feels like a big family. Sometimes at jobs you feel like you're just a number and no one knows or cares who you are and that is not the way Encore makes you feel. I am constantly empowered to improve and to help those I work with improve and grow and I love that. Encore Vet Group is a great place to work!
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Have you ever worked for a company with true vision?

Encore is a fantastic place to work! With 25 years in my field, it is easily the best company I've worked for - by a mile. Every member of this family is extraordinarily bright, helpful, respectful, and engaging. The leadership has a pure vision, perfectly communicated with infectious clarity and wisdom. I'm helping us achieve that vision, and the entire team makes sure that I know I am appreciated. There is no replacement for the joy you get from working under smart managers who clearly care about you. I feel lucky and honored to have found Encore and to have been given the opportunity to contribute my talent. If you ever get a chance to work with us, don't hesitate!


Work from home if desired, Direct access to all levels of management
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Productive, innovative, growing, and Positive Culture

It is a pleasure to work with management who is more than willing to help you grow while encouraging innovative thoughts. Very happy to work with such a positive, inclusive, and intelligent team at the home office. Most importantly, the hospital teams throughout Encore are amazing in what they do every day for the quality of pet care in this industry.


Team Building, Continuing Ed., Great Home office and Field Team
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Encore puts people first!

I applaud what Encore stands for and the values they place on employees. I personally have been able to learn and grow in my position with guidance from the Encore Team. But my entire staff has developed meaningful core values and a work culture that inspires empowerment and compassion. Encore really does put people first!


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Based on 28 reviews

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3.9 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
4.1 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
3.5 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
3.6 out of 5 stars for Management
3.7 out of 5 stars for Culture

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