We are currently accepting applications in the following departments. Click on title for more information.
Emergency and General Practice Clinicians
Rotating Internship
Veterinary Technician/Assistant
Customer Service Representative/Operator


Emergency and General Practice Clinicians needed at 1st Pet Veterinary Centers

Chandler, Mesa and North Phoenix.  We are AAHA Accredited Referral hospitals.

  1. Quality matters – We focus on providing the absolute best patient care and client service. Job satisfaction comes from working in a collaborative environment with the tools you need to take great care of your patients and clients. 
  2. Training is a standard of care – We have a truly stellar technical staff. As a team doctor, working with knowledgeable and highly skilled technicians makes your job easier and more enjoyable. All technicians are required to complete rigorous in-house CE monthly. 
  3. Collaboration is key – For more challenging cases, you will appreciate the availability of our Internal Medicine, Critical Care, and Surgery specialists for consultation or referral. Even on nights and weekends, they are just a phone call away when you need advice and assistance. 
  4. Your growth is important – You will be encouraged and trained to practice the best medicine possible. Monthly in-house continuing education services are available – including presentations, journal clubs, and M&M rounds. 
  5. Ideas welcome – We are always looking for ways to be better than ever. If you have an idea that would improve patient care or make clients even happier, we want to know about it! 

Why not work with the best team in veterinary medicine?  Benefits include a generous CE allowance for national meetings, liability & health insurance, paid vacation, 401K retirement plan, and a competitive salary or production.

Although experience is an added bonus, what we are really interested in are doctors who have a passion for practicing the highest caliber medicine, play well with others, and understand the value of client communication and service.

Our hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most emergency doctors work between 10 – 12 shifts per month (an average of 36 hours/week). Our general practice doctors generally work 8-10 hour shifts 4-5 days a week. Our general practice is open Monday-Friday 8am-9pm.

For more information, or if you are interested, we have openings for general practice and emergency doctors.  Please send a cover letter and resume to  for immediate consideration.


1st Pet Veterinary Centers, Phoenix AZ: rotating internship; focus on ECC

Why not work and train with the best team in veterinary medicine? 1st Pet Veterinary Centers encompass 3 hospitals in the metro-Phoenix area, including the 2016 Veterinary Economics Hospital of the Year. We focus on providing the absolute best patient care and client service. Working in a collaborative environment with the tools you need to take great care of your patients and clients will help you excel in your veterinary career! We have decided to take our program outside of the match this year, but have had 3 very successful intern classes.  The specialists providing support for the program are experienced in training interns and residents in both university and large private practice settings. The emergency and general practice doctors enjoy mentoring new veterinarians. We are interested in helping you attain your veterinary goals, whatever they may be.
As a team doctor you will enjoy working with knowledgeable and highly skilled technicians, having all of your radiographs read by Radiologists, and access to state of the art equipment (including full in-house laboratory, 8 slice CT scan, ultrasound, endoscopy, enteral and parenteral nutrition, advanced analgesia, and mechanical ventilation). Interns will experience a diverse caseload, and have both direct and indirect case management, including opportunities for emergency and general practice surgery. Experienced emergency doctors and specialists will provide assistance and advice whenever the intern is scheduled for primary emergency duty.
Interns will rotate through the emergency & critical care (26 wks), general practice (6 wks), internal medicine (6 wks), and surgery services (6 wks). They will also have 7 weeks of additional out-rotations with boarded specialists off-site. Options for out-rotations include ophthalmology, oncology, clinical pathology, dentistry, cardiology, and dermatology. The majority of time will be spent at the Chandler location, but emergency shifts at the Mesa and North Phoenix location are also included.
Successful candidates will have a passion for learning, teaching and practicing the highest caliber medicine, play well with others, and understand the value of client communication and service. A demonstration of a desire to learn emergency medicine & pathophysiology, a compelling personal statement, academic record, phone interview, and letters of recommendation attesting to excellent work ethic will be used for ranking and selection. 

The following information represents the average of cases in direct support of this program

Total No. Annual Cases Average Daily No. Cases Presented to Hospital Average No. Cases Treated Daily as Outpatients Average No. of Inpatients Each Day Average No.  Daily Surgeries Performed Average No. of Emergency Cases Seen Daily
36268 99 58 17 5 42

Number of Faculty/Clinicians in Direct Support of Program: 20

Diplomates in Direct Support of Internship
DACVS – Dr. Dan Guastella
DACVIM – Dr. Shery Babyak
DACVECC – Dr. Alisa Reniker (internship coordinator)

Employment Information
Salary: $40,000

Opportunity to earn additional cash compensation: Additional emergency shifts (12 hour – $600) and general practice shifts (8 hour – $400) may be available, if approved by the intern’s mentor and medical director.
Benefits: Health insurance, personal pet care discount, 401K, AZ license, and AVMA PLIT
Vacation: 1 week available after first 4 months
Is a contract required? Yes
Is a non-compete clause required? No
Is a State license required? Yes If yes, what is the licensure fee? $400(paid by 1st Pet)
Is a DEA license required? No
Is USDA accreditation required? No

Registered/Licensed/Certified Veterinary Technicians

In Direct Support of Program

Assigned to the Emergency Service per shift

Assigned to the Intensive Care Unit per shift




Other Personnel of Note
20 experienced emergency and GP doctors are available for advice and assistance with cases.

Outcomes Assessment
Average number of interns who started this program per year for the past 5 years:  2
Average number of interns who completed this program per year for the past 5 years:  2
Number of interns from this program who applied for a residency in the past 5 years:  2
Number of interns from this program who accepted a residency in the past 5 years:  1 (emergency & critical care; zoo med did not match this year)

Clinical Experience and Responsibilities
 Yes  – Does the intern have primary case care responsibility for first-opinion and emergency/critical care cases?
  Potentially    Is the intern the primary surgeon on a broad range of elective and entry-level procedures?  (The amount of surgery performed by the intern depends upon the caseload and the willingness of the intern to be available for scrubbing in to emergency and GP cases).
 Yes – Does the intern have primary case care responsibility for complex cases with supervision by a boarded specialist?
 No  Are patient rounds held daily with a boarded specialist in attendance? (M&M rounds are held instead of daily rounds)
60% – What is the percentage of time the intern will be directly supervised?
 No  Are teaching rounds held weekly? (There is a year-long educational program with rounds, topic discussions, journal clubs, power point presentations, and case based teaching)
 Yes   Does the intern deliver a professional presentation or seminar to senior clinicians and peers?
 Yes –  Does the intern have an opportunity to attend a professional meeting?
 No  Is financial support provided to attend a professional meeting?
 No  Is the intern required to complete/submit a publication?
 Yes  Does the intern have access to current medical textbooks?
 Yes  Is a computer with internet access provided?
 Yes   Does the intern have access to search engines for scientific literature and online journals?
 Yes   Does the primary hospital have an intensive care unit?
 Yes  – Is a formal orientation program required?
 Yes – Does the intern have a mentor who is a veterinarian in the practice?
 Yes – Are written performance evaluations provided?
 Yes – Is an internship orientation manual provided?
Interns have access to the following equipment/technology:
 Basic clinical laboratory equipment
 Blood Gas Analysis
 Blood Pressure Monitoring
 Bone Plating Equipment
 CT Scan
 Diagnostic Laboratory
 Digital Radiography
 Physical Therapy Equipment

Percentage of program intern is assigned to daytime primary emergency  = 25%
Percentage of program intern is assigned to overnight primary emergency  = 25%
Percentage of program intern is assigned to first opinion (primary care) clinics = 11%
Percentage of program intern is provided elective time = 13%
Percentage of program intern is required to work at a secondary (satellite) clinic = 35 – 40%

Prerequisites other than being a Graduate of a College of Veterinary Medicine
Arizona State Veterinary Medical License.
VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ:  For foreign graduates, you MUST visit and contact the Arizona Veterinary Medical Board DIRECTLY PRIOR to application to see if you will be eligible for an Arizona State License. Ask for Kodi – she will assist you. Sadly, we are not able to accept applicants requiring VISAs. All interns MUST be licensed to practice in the state of Arizona within the first few weeks of the internship.
Visa Sponsorship – Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor VISAs

Requirements for Application
1 – Veterinary School Official Transcript from University Registrar
2 – Personal Statement
3 – Curriculum Vitae
4 – Three or four Letters of Reference
5 – Phone interview
5 – Great attitude and a willingness to learn!

Submit all application materials to:

Dr. Alisa Reniker, Dipl. ACVECC            
or:  1233 W. Warner Road
      Chandler, AZ 85224

Contact Dr. Reniker via email or 480-732-0018 with any questions or if you would like to speak with current or past interns


Veterinary Technician/Assistant

1st Pet Veterinary Centers is a busy 24-hour AAHA accredited emergency, specialty, and general practice veterinary hospital. We are growing and currently seeking experienced Veterinary Technicians to add to our team for the following areas/shifts:

  • General Practice evening technicians
  • Emergency technicians- swing shifts, overnight, and weekend (day or swing)
  • General Practice Surgery- Surgical recovery technicians- weekdays

Full and part time positions available. Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to: triage, high level nursing care, performance of in-house laboratory testing, monitoring patients under anesthesia, charting, and working together well as a team! The ideal candidate can function well in a fast-paced environment with good organizational and communication skills.

CVT’s or VTS preferred. Experienced assistants will be considered for some positions. We are proactive at helping our team learn and grow! Salary DOE, and benefits include medical/vision/dental insurance, paid PTO/vacation, CE allowance, uniforms provided, and much more!

If you would like to be part of a team where to you can truly feel like a working family, keep growing and learning, allowing for professional growth and personal fulfillment, providing a high level of care with progressive and modern medicine practices, then you are the right candidate for our team!

Email your resume to


Customer Service Representative/Operator

1st Pet Veterinary Centers in Chandler is a busy 24 hour, AAHA accredited, emergency, specialty, and general practice veterinary hospital seeking to add upbeat, personable, and compassionate Client Service Representatives and Operators to our team! Must have an outgoing personality, ability to multi-task, answer multi-line phone system, excellent communication skills, work well with our team, and follow directions. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering incoming calls
  • Provide clients with information about our hospitals, services, and provide clear directions
  • Triage incoming calls
  • Schedule appointments
  • Develop camaraderie with clients over the phone and in person
  • Prescription refill requests
  • Client education

Both part time and full time positions are possible. Schedule flexibility is a must! Shifts are evenings during the week, and on weekends. 1st Pet is a drug free workplace and offer competitive hourly wages, health insurance, uniforms, and more! Salary is DOE.

If interested, please email your resume and cover letter indicating why you are the best candidate for this position.