Critical or Emergency Care Veterinary Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
17 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
06 Apr 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

At the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, we exist to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community. This work unit exists to triage and provide nursing care to emergency/critical care patients, perform all level of technical procedures, to collect blood/tissue samples for evaluation, to perform physical examinations, instruct professional veterinary students/veterinary technician interns, to maintain accurate medical records, and to appropriately communicate concerns to primary clinicians.

Position Summary

This Critical/Emergency Care Veterinary Technician position provides technical and nursing support to CCS patients and VTH clinicians, students and clients. The position triages emergencies, provides nursing care to hospitalized patients, and communicates patient concerns with primary services to foster a medical team approach. This position also instructs veterinary technician students, junior and senior professional veterinary students.

Minimum Qualifications

An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND one year of experience assisting in the direct care of emergency and critical care small animal patients (e.g. canine, feline).


Two years of experience assisting in the direct care of emergency and critical care small animal patients (e.g. canine, feline) will substitute for the two year Associate degree requirement.
**If using experience to meet the minimum qualification, then a total of three years of experience is required (full-time equivalent, part-time experience is calculated).

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following highly desired qualifications:
- Certified Veterinary Technologist, Registered Veterinary Technologist, or Licensed Veterinary Technologist
- One or more years of experience in an Emergency and/or Critical Care position
- Demonstrated experience providing customer service in fast-paced environment (i.e. high traffic, stressful, or rapid problem solving)
- A strong desire to learn and advance medical and technical knowledge base
- Proactively teach in an encouraging and supportive manner

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Patient Support/Care Duty/Responsibility

•Assist in providing clinical support to the faculty veterinarians under the direction of the CCS work leader and CCS manager in the delivery and instruction of primary care services for small animals.
•Proper restraint of patients without injury to patient, self, or others.
•Properly triage all emergency and critical care patients
•Ability to perform proficiently the nursing skills for this level
•Able to perform venipuncture and place IV catheters
•Ability to assist in CPR
•Accurately perform drug calculations
•Able to observe and recognize changes in patient status.
•Properly perform medical treatments on hospitalized patients, assist with clinical procedures and direct patient care.
•Must demonstrate caring behavior with all patients

Percentage Of Time 60% Job Duty Category Instruction and Team Contribution Duty/Responsibility

•This position instructs professional veterinary students and veterinary technician interns.
•This position maintains the professional function and appearance of work areas by stocking, organizing and cleaning.
•Role models teamwork as a congenial member of CCS and VTH team.
•Demonstrates tact and is responsive to others.
•Supports and appreciates the diversity of coworkers, students, clients and visitors.
•This position provides assistance to interns, residents, students, faculty, and co-workers.
•Assist students in learning various techniques, protocols, and procedures.
•Attend and assist in shift change case rounds.
•Demonstrate flexibility with schedule and willingness to step in and help when needed.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Billing and Documentation Duty/Responsibility

•Thorough knowledge of medical documentation to include electronic medical records, treatment sheets, observation sheets, communication sheets, clinicians’ orders, and the medical record.
•Have a strong working knowledge of the billing system and ensure that all charges are recorded in an accurate and timely manner
•Have a strong knowledge of patient billing for all units within critical care services
•Input all patient charges
•Visually inspect all patients before discharges.
•Make sure that all paper work is complete (ie. control drug forms)

Percentage Of Time 15% Job Duty Category Service Areas Duty/Responsibility

•Responsible for cleaning and upkeep of rooms.
•Maintain all equipment within rooms.
•Check drugs and supplies for expiration date and stock supplies when needed.
•Sweep and mop floors daily.
•Empty trash cans and laundry daily as needed
•Submit work orders to ensure proper repairs are made.

  • Assist in yearly deep cleaning.

Percentage Of Time 5%

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.


  • When a resume is listed as a required document, it may be used in the comparative analysis/ evaluation process to determine the candidates that most closely meet the qualifications of the position. This process occurs after an application has passed the minimum qualifications screening. **Please see the “Required Documents” section of the posting.
  • 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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    • Enter your Username and Password on the home page to login,
    • Click on Login (in the upper left-hand corner) – then Login (Under Apply without Vitae),
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - Must be able to report to work without delay , Shift Work - This position may work an overnight shift from 10:00 pm - 8 am (four 10-hour shifts) dependent upon Critical Care Service needs

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. 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.