Lead Back End Software Engineer
Veterinary Emergency Group

White Plains, New York
$200,000.00 - $250,000.00 per year

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Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG) is a rapidly growing, venture-backed veterinary emergency company with hospital locations across the USA. We are profitable, doubling our size every year, and supported by a multi-billion-dollar investor. Our mission is to help people and their pets when they need it most. We are changing the face of emergency veterinary medicine with a "customer first" mentality.


This role lead part of the team that is building "DogByte", our custom built PIMS (practice information management system). Just like there are other generic veterinary hospitals out there, there are several generic PIMS that our thousands of front line "veggies" (doctors, nurses, and support staff) could be forced to use. But VEG "only does emergency" and needed a PIMS that only does emergency. By building and continuously improving and scaling DogByte, our team is providing our veggies with software that is as reliable and as easy to use as a stethoscope.


If you want to code to spec, with little team interaction, and let QA verify all your work, you should look past this opportunity.

If you are a problem solver, a team player, have excellent communication skills, and truly understand Python, Postgres and back end development, you're who we are looking for. We want teammates that enjoy the challenge of taking a problem and finding the simplest solution. We want someone we enjoy talking to in our daily scrum and follow up meetings. We like reviewing code that is easy to understand and that we know is validated with a complete but concise set of automated tests. If that's you and how you and your employees like to work, we want you here.


You're going to code... a lot. All of our engineers love our QA team, but we like to leave the manual testing to them. We write code to solve veggies' problems, but we aren't scratching manual tests off of a notepad to make sure our solutions are complete. We write automated tests to ensure that those problems never come back. "Green bar addiction" is a [good] thing for the VEG engineering team.

You'll be in meetings, but not a ton. We're an agile team, but try to minimize the meetings so engineers have more time to code. We block off an hour a day for the "ceremony" around our process, but our scrum and its spin-off meetings rarely take up that full hour. There will be the occasional meeting outside of that hour block, typically to work with product, design, and QA to help define potential solutions to problems. As the backend lead, you'll have a few more meetings than non-leads, but you'll still get a lot of time for individual work.

We want our team lead to be near VQ so they can work out of VQ 3-ish times per week. If our engineers (and their pets) are lucky enough to live near one of our hospitals, they often work remotely from there. Occasionally there's a fun team trip to a new hospital that just came online (we're all waiting for one to open in Maui). These hospital visits help us observe problems (and solutions) first hand and get a better understanding of what our front line veggies need, and generally just know how they do what they do. The free snacks in the break room are a nice bonus.


We hire the best of the best. It is essential that you have expert level knowledge of Computer Science and an advanced coding skill set.

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred or equivalent experience
  • 7-10 years of experience in the software industry, 3+ years as a lead
  • Python expertise
  • Postgres expertise
  • Automated Testing / Pytest expertise
  • AWS expertise
  • Cypress is a plus
  • React.JS is a plus


At VEG, we want people and their pets to feel safe, secure, and valued; we want our employees to feel the same way. What we're aiming to achieve on the customer side is equivalent in nature to what we want for our employees: to have the best experience possible. With the highest NPS score in our industry, we're ready to ensure that VEG remains the place where the best and brightest in the emergency world not only want to work, but stay and grow. For our customers and their pets, we strive to find a way to say, "yes." We do the same and more for our teams. In fact, VEG is one of this year's nominees for INC Magazine's Best Places to Work!

  • Pay Range: $200,000 - 250,000 base + bonus potential
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits beginning day 1 of employment!
  • 401K with company match.
  • 10 weeks of parental leave with 100% pay.
  • Unlimited PTO.
  • Company laptop and a monthly cell phone reimbursement.
  • Casual office attire, dog friendly, and a kitchen full of snacks and beverages!
  • Opportunity to grow and so much more!
  • Flexible hybrid work environment (3 days a week in the office, White Plains)

VEG celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. You've found the equal opportunity employer you are looking for. We can't wait to meet you!

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