Vetster is the world’s fastest growing veterinary telehealth and pet care marketplace. Since our launch in 2020 we have established ourselves as a leader in the rapidly growing pet care industry. Named Overall Pet Healthcare Company of the Year, Vetster makes it easier for pet owners to connect with the veterinary care they need - any time, anywhere.

We know that by empowering pet owners with easy-to-use, convenient services and an open marketplace, we can move the industry forward, create professional opportunities in the veterinary community, and fundamentally improve animal wellbeing and access to care. The work we are doing is groundbreaking and is changing lives.

Vetster offers flex and remote working options and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. We work in cross-functional teams and believe ownership and accountability, along with trust, respect and inclusion are core tenets of success in our new working paradigm. At all levels, successful Vetster team members are those who seek to grow their careers and who share our ambition to build a global high-growth brand.

While we have a physical office space in Toronto we have team members working remotely throughout Canada and welcome more!

What does it mean to be a Backend Software Engineer at Vetster?

At Vetster, we solve problems. We work with cutting edge technologies to help us bring ideas to life. We want to leverage your expert analytical and problem solving skills to build and deploy components, services and APIs on the cloud. We are data driven, agile and are focussed on continuous delivery to help test and validate new features with our customers.

We’re looking for a team-oriented person who enjoys developing incredible mobile product experiences that deliver value to pet owners and veterinary professionals as they help improve health outcomes for their animals. We develop complex, globally distributed systems using the latest Laravel, PHP8, Postgres, Redis, and GraphQL with search technologies such as Elasticsearch helping us to connect our users. Our platform is deployed to the cloud leveraging extremely scalable serverless solutions on AWS. We are always open to adopting new technologies if they are right for the systems we create. At Vetster, you’ll be part of a groundbreaking high-growth, customer obsessed company that is building a world-class marketplace that delivers incredible D2C experiences and value-driven B2B solutions.

Common Responsibilities Include:

  • Collaborate with other designers, engineers and product managers
  • Create elegant, testable abstractions for complex infrastructure
  • Build beautiful, performant, clean & testable code
  • Contribute to feature planning throughout the sprint cycles, and continuously deploy well tested code to production
  • Work closely with the Vetster engineering team to ensure products scale, perform and are future forward
  • Work with UX and design to deliver elegant, easy-to-use features that enhance the pet care experience
  • Build innovative features that help drive consumer engagement and drive positive reviews and referrals
  • Support bug fixing, release cycles, product launches, and QA as needed


  • Working in PHP frameworks such as Laravel or Symfony a plus, but experience with other modern frameworks like Rails, Spring or Django will help you get up to speed quickly
  • Degree in computer science or information systems is good, but equivalent certifications or professional experience is okay too
  • A passion and curiosity for constantly learning new things and ways to accomplish complex problems
  • Architecting systems for the cloud and working with serverless technologies a plus
  • Experience building marketplaces, real time communication and payment systems is a bonus
  • Experience working with relational databases and SQL
  • Bonus points if you love to share your craft, and have mentored teammates

What We Offer:

  • Full access to the Vetster service for your own pets
  • Bring your furry (canine friends) to our office
  • Vacation and personal days to support work life balance
  • Attractive health and dental benefits for you and your family
  • Competitive salary based on experience and market
  • Flex work and remote work options
  • Career growth and international work opportunities
  • Inclusive and equitable workplace
  • Team building and social events