Senior Backend Software Engineer at Vetster

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 - anytime, 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 well-being 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.

Why work with Us

Vetster champions flexibility and inclusivity, offering flexible working options from our headquarters in Toronto, Canada. Our teams operate on the principles of ownership, accountability, and mutual respect, fostering an environment where every member is valued and has the opportunity to contribute to our dynamic workplace. We are driven by a shared ambition to evolve into a global brand while providing substantial professional growth opportunities for our team.

Position overview

Vetster is looking for a Senior Backend Software Engineer to develop incredible product features that deliver value to pet owners and veterinary professionals. We build complex, globally distributed systems leveraging Laravel, Postgres, Redis, Elasticsearch, Vue, and React Native. Working with a Technical Lead, the Senior Software Engineer is responsible for building, testing, and operationalizing backend RESTful applications with a cross-discipline engineering team. You are passionate about technology and developing robust, scalable, state-of-the-art software systems, as well as sharing your knowledge and mentoring junior members of the team.

Key responsibilities:

  • Engage in the entire development lifecycle, from design through deployment to maintenance.
  • Collaborate with teams across Product, UX Design, User Research, and Data Engineering to develop exceptional digital experiences.
  • Conduct and participate in code reviews, striving for excellence in development standards.
  • Deliver high-quality code in an agile environment, working collaboratively with the team.
  • Define business and product requirements, assess technical feasibility, and drive solutions.
  • Mentor junior engineers, sharing your knowledge and expertise to enhance team capability.
  • Manage the operational aspects of applications, including incident response and maintenance.


  • BA/BS degree in Computer Science, a related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years in application design, development, and testing, preferably with Laravel.
  • Proficiency in API development (REST, GraphQL, or gRPC) and database systems (relational and NoSQL).
  • Familiarity with cloud-based architectures, preferably AWS.
  • Comprehensive experience in automated testing and source control systems, particularly Git.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience in a fast-paced, agile environment.

Why Join Us?

  • Unlimited access to Vetster for your pets.
  • Dog-friendly office environment.
  • Generous vacation and personal day policy.
  • Comprehensive health and dental benefits for you and your family.
  • Competitive salary with market alignment.
  • RRSP matching and Employee Stock Option Plan.
  • Opportunities for career growth and international assignments.
  • A culture of inclusivity, equity, and team engagement.

Interview Process:

  • Video call with Tolga Ercan, Director of Engineering (30 minutes)
  • Technical video interview with Tolga Ercan, Director of Engineering (60 minutes)
  • Engineering project exercise video Interview with 2 members of the engineering team (60 minutes)
  • Video Interview with Regan Johnson, CTO (60 minutes)
  • Reference and background check
  • Offer

Ready to Make a Difference?

Embark on a fulfilling journey with us, shaping the future of pet healthcare through design. If you're driven by innovation, collaboration, and a love for pets, apply now to be a part of our mission-driven team.