Pet Emergency & Specialty Center
 At Pet Emergency & Specialty Center - La Mesa, a Thrive Pet Healthcare partner, we offer 24/7 emergency care for cats, dogs, pocket pets, and exotics in East County & San Diego County.

We specialize in critical care, internal medicine, oncology, and surgery. Check out our current opportunities below for Emergency Veterinarians! Click Connect With A Recruiter to learn more about these "pawsome" opportunities!
Director of Emergency Services
Veterinary Medical Director

Industry-first support, benefits, and opportunities - because we know what it's like and what you deserve.

As a company founded by veterinarians, we understand the challenges and needs of our doctors and their teams. Our extensive nationwide network of hospitals and support offices allows you to practice medicine with the autonomy of a private practice, while also experiencing the strength and resources of a larger community. 

You’ll have unparalleled CE and learning options, mentorship and support, the equipment and tools needed to succeed, and an outstanding tech-to-doctor ratio. Our nationwide teams of skilled, bright, and caring individuals are here to help bolster your professional and personal well-being, with empathy and understanding. 

Being a doctor is an incredibly rewarding job that can be demanding at times, and we are here for you every step of the way. We’re actively adding facilities to our network too, which means if you want a different challenge at a different pace, we can support your growth!

Our Benefits

Each of our benefit offerings is thoughtfully built around you. Founded by a veterinarian, we’ve crafted our comprehensive
benefits, support structures, and learning tools around our doctors and their teams. You'll feel 
supported, whether it’s through our employee assistance program, flexible work weeks to fit your lifestyle, or paid parental leave and care assistance to support your growing family.
  • Competitive pay
  • Paid time off
  • Paid parental leave
  • Purr-ental leave when bringing home a new pet
  • New foster pet leave
  • Employee pet care discounts
  • Performance bonuses
  • 401k with matching
  • Perks at Work employee discount program
  • Medical insurance, dental and vision insurance
  • Short-and long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Wellness programs
  • HSA/FSA pre-tax healthcare accounts
  • Family planning and care assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program with 24/7/365 support
  • Continuing education funding​​​​​​​

Learning and Development

Our network of hospitals provides exceptional career mobility where you can move however is best for your career, life, and wellbeing. With 350+ locations and a wealth of programs and support, your future is wide open – whether it leads you into a new modality, specialty, location, or leadership.  

  • $5,000 annual CE stipend + 40 paid CE hours
  • Medical Excellence and Education Platform built and run by doctors down in the trenches with you
  • Doctor Mentorship programs
  • An extensive ecosystem of hospitals for both lateral, vertical, and geographical career movement
  • Personal and professional development plans
  • Access to ThriveU - our one-stop shop for all things learning and development at Thrive Pet Healthcare, curated by both industry veterans and education experts. 
  • QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Want to learn more before applying? Click below to connect with a veterinarian to learn more about how you can thrive with us.