Anesthesia Horse Handler Trainee

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
$11.99 - $17.56
18 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
21 Oct 2016

Description of Work Unit

Our mission is to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community…every day. This work unit exists to anesthetize animals for general maintenance (dental work, cast application, etc.); diagnostic tests (physical exams, endoscopic exams, etc.); and for routine and emergency surgeries. The anesthesia section also instructs veterinary students, visiting veterinarians and technicians on the principles and practice of veterinary anesthesia by allowing students to anesthetize clinical animals, and guiding the students through preanesthetic patient evaluation, the choice of anesthetic agents, and the process of monitoring the anesthetized patient. While the focus of this position is to provide assistance to anesthesia faculty and staff in safe handling of horses in the perianesethic periods, contribution to ensure proper maintenance of anesthesia equipment and facilities is expected.

Position Summary

This position will serve as a horse handler for the Anesthesia Section of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. This individual will be an integral part of helping to facilitate anesthesia inductions, patient positioning for surgical procedures, and recovery from general anesthesia. This position will also provide basic anesthesia equipment and facilities maintenance needs in the anesthesia section.

Minimum Qualifications

An Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology OR one year (12 months, full-time) of experience handling and providing care for horses in a farm or ranch environment, AND must have a minimum of 6 months (full-time) of experience handling and providing care for horses in a medical environment to include veterinary hospital, breeding facility, large animal clinic etc.

Official or Unofficial Transcripts must be attached to application in order to qualify education/coursework.



Preferred Qualifications

The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:

  • Equine anesthesia experience and/or a desire to learn and further skills in anesthesia
  • Demonstrated experience providing care and handling a variety of horse breeds, which include both animal restraint, assisting in animal positioning, and animal safety
  • Knowledge of horse temperament as well as the ability to identify atypical behavior, distress, and/or negative reaction to medication or medical treatment
  • Demonstrated experience providing care for sick or injured horses
  • Genuine care and compassion for the well-being of horse and other large animals
  • Demonstrated experience providing care and handling for large animals (livestock)

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Horse Handling Duty/Responsibility

Provides proper horse restraint for patients during the pre-operative anesthesia period. This would include restraint during intravenous catheter placement, removal of shoes, flushing of oral cavity and administration of medications. Responsible for placing patients in the anesthesia induction stall for administration of injectable anesthetic drugs and masking of foals and other non-domestic exotic species. Helps to position patient for surgical procedures, properly provides padding and support to limbs of the horse during all surgical procedures. Assists in anesthesia recoveries, this will involve moving the horse from the surgical suite into the recovery stall. Provides help with assisted recoveries, this will include using head/tail ropes and the use of a hoist system. Observes recoveries and makes sure horses are safe during the recovery period. Safely transport horses and other large animals to and from the barn.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Cleaning and Equipment Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

Maintains a clean working environment. Set-up of anesthesia equipment prior to induction of patient. Stocks and cleans the large animal anesthesia section as needed. This includes cleaning recovery stalls, induction stalls, and anesthetic equipment. On days when no surgery is scheduled, this position will thoroughly clean and stock the anesthesia section, repair equipment as needed and maintain an effective working environment. This individual may be asked to help clean and stock in small animal anesthesia if all other tasks are completed. Operation of fork-lift. Other duties may be assigned.

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category Anesthesia Training Duty/Responsibility

Will train with anesthesiologist and anesthesia technicians on proper recovery techniques. Will attend lectures and rounds provided by service.

Percentage Of Time 25% Application Details


Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the “Work Experience” section on the application. We must be able to evaluate your experience based on this information.
  • Clearly outline dates of employment and hours worked per week for each employment experience listed in the Work Experience section of the Application so that we can calculate full-time experience.
  • The APPLICATION is the only document that will be utilized to determine if minimum qualifications, as outlined in the job posting, have been met. The Application is considered to be the legal document on file; resumes will not be reviewed for minimum qualification requirements.


  • If an Application is considered “Incomplete”, the application will be removed from consideration for the position.
    • An Application is incomplete if no current/ previous employment is included in the Work Experience section of the Application.
    • An Application is incomplete if “see resume” (or something similar) is noted, or previous employment does not contain job duties for every position in the Work Experience section of the Application.


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  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a complete application; however, resumes may still be required as a component of complete application materials.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which often requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Employment and Appeal Rights

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.