Laboratory Support - Necropsy

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
20 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Part Time

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (VDL) provides diagnostic services to private veterinary practitioners; animal owners; animal interests; local, state and national governmental entities; and a wide variety of research and surveillance projects. The VDL is one of 60 veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the United States and Canada accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The VDL is one of twelve Core Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratories of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), designated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), to provide surveillance for foreign animal diseases and diagnostic surge capacity in the case of an animal disease outbreak. The VDL system is comprised of a main laboratory in Fort Collins and branch laboratories in Grand Junction and Rocky Ford.
The mission of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is to provide timely, accurate and pertinent animal disease diagnostic services and educational outreach to veterinarians, animal industries and animal interests. The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory also strives to meet the goals of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the University through research and research support to develop new approaches to disease identification, investigation, prevention and through education of professional veterinary medical, graduate and post-doctoral students.

Founded in 1870 as the Colorado Agricultural College, Colorado State University is now among the nation’s leading research universities. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports is a great advantage to CSU students, faculty and staff.

CSU’s Commitment to Campus offers employees a healthy work-life balance through a wide variety of programs, discounts, and special benefits. This includes Employee Study Privilege (nine free credits per year available through CSU, CSU Global, CSU Online Plus, and University of Northern Colorado), Family Tuition Scholarship Program, Discounted Veterinary Care, Wellness Membership Discounts, Volunteers in Public Schools Leave Program, Athletic Ticket Discounts, and much more! Visit to learn more about working at CSU.

Position Summary

The Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (VDL) seeks to fill 1 part-time (20 hours) Lab Support position to assist with the pathology section located in the Diagnostic Medicine Center on the South Campus of Colorado State University. The primary responsibility of this position will be animal and chemical waste disposal for the necropsy lab and assistance with procuring samples.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • Two full-time years (24 months) of experience in a closely related setting
  • Ability to lift 75 pounds
  • Must be willing to receive rabies vaccination and forklift certification after hire


Coursework in biology, animal science, biomedical sciences, anatomy, microbiology, zoology, or closely related field of study may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. (30 credit hours = One Year)

TRANSCRIPTS (official or unofficial) MUST be attached to the application in order to qualify related education/coursework.

Preferred Qualifications

A very strong candidate will offer several of the following preferred qualifications and characteristics:

  • Ability to perform observation and light mechanical maintenance on laboratory equipment; experience performing maintenance on plumbing, electrical, HVAC, heat exchangers, and other mechanical systems highly desirable
  • Experience performing light maintenance on precision lab or scientific equipment
  • Experience with forklift operation
  • Hazwoper (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certified or willingness to become certified
  • Working knowledge of environmental health and waste management standards, laboratory specimen handling, bio-hazard, and infectious disease safety, and personal protection protocol
  • Ability to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), maintain accurate records, and communicate clearly in verbal and written form

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Equipment maintenance scheduling Duty/Responsibility

Equipment maintenance scheduling; responsible for routine waste and VDL bio-hazardous waste management via operation of 2 alkaline hydrolysis units, frequent loading of roll-off dumpsters to the landfill, formalin recycling and maintenance of compliance with City of Fort Collins for discharge to sanitary sewer. Other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Sample Preparation Duty/Responsibility

Sample preparation includes receiving, storing, preserving, preparing, dispensing, and disposing of supplies, equipment, and materials in a diagnostic laboratory. Specifically, the position will handle a variety of biological and environmental samples in preparation for pathological analysis. To include but not be limited to weighing samples, dissolving and diluting of samples. Perform some of the route diagnostic analysis to include but not be limited rabies preparation. Laboratory cleaning (glassware, disposable tubes, disposable pans & work surfaces). Enter accessions in the laboratory log. Other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Inventory Duty/Responsibility

Maintain adequate inventory of supplies that are routinely used by all lab sections. (For example gloves, paper towels, liquid soap, disinfectants etc). Maintain usage logs for the supplies by laboratory.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants


  • Clearly document job duties you have performed that relate to minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and essential job duties in the Work Experience section on the application. Human Resources 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 Human Resources can calculate full-time work 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.
    • Positions requiring a degree or if using education as a substitution for work experience (eg: Associate or Bachelor’s) transcripts are required in order to verify receipt of the required degree or coursework. If official or unofficial transcripts are not supplied at the time of application, the Application is incomplete.


  • 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.
  • Resumes will not be accepted in place of a completed application; however, some positions may still require a resume as a component for complete application materials.
    **Please see the Required Documents section of the posting.


  • The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s), which requires candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from In addition to your Inbox, remember to check the Deleted and Junk folders for these important communications.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Pre-employment Physical - must be able to lift 75 lbs., Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - digester, Special Requirements/Other - rabies vaccination required, respiratory protection fit testing, forklift operation after hire

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.