Veterinary Technician

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
30 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
28 Oct 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 instruct professional veterinary students, provide nursing care to patients, collect blood/tissue samples for evaluation, perform anesthetic and surgical procedures, perform physical examinations, maintain accurate medical records, provide an environment for clinical related research, and to provide clear and accurate information to the clients whose animals are hospitalized. The Avian, Exotic, and Zoological (AEZ) Medicine Unit provides examination, diagnostic, and therapeutic management for avian, exotic, and zoological patients presented to Colorado State University Teaching Hospital.

Position Summary

Provide para professional support for the avian, exotic, and zoological medicine department. Perform diagnostic procedures, perform anesthesia, therapeutic treatments, and provide instruction to veterinary students, interns, and residents. The position is a fully operational technologist performing specialized patient care.

Minimum Qualifications

An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND two years of full-time experience assisting with veterinary procedures for large and small animal patients.

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • Demonstrated experience teaching and providing instructional guidance.
  • Veterinary technician experience with avian, exotic and/or zoological patients.
  • Experience working in veterinary clinic or hospital.
  • Demonstrated experience collecting blood from a variety of species.
  • Ability to communicate with a variety of clients and customers (veterinarians, student, staff, customers/clients, etc.)
  • Ability and knowledge of proper handling techniques for AEZ patients.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Patient Care and Surgery Duty/Responsibility

Under supervision of faculty and staff veterinarians

  • Perform minor medical and surgical techniques on veterinary patients such as venipuncture, IV catheterization, fluid administration, urinary catheterization, abdominocentesis, fluid and blood administration, and advanced procedures for therapeutic management and diagnostic sample submission.
  • Administration of anesthetics and monitoring of anesthesia in patients undergoing medical and surgical procedures will be an important part of this position.
  • Provide patient care and takes measures to prevent problems or complications in patients being monitored.
  • Become familiar with surgical procedures, instruments, equipment, and patient restraint and handling techniques for AEZ patients.

Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Teaching and Education Duty/Responsibility

  • instruct the DVM students and interns in the technical aspects of the above mentioned techniques in formal labs and on a patient demand basis.
  • Monitor DVM students performing treatments on clinical patients housed in the AEZ ward. Formal teaching within the DVM curriculum on a limited basis.
  • Teach FRCC veterinary technician students training to become certified technicians.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Equipment and Supplies Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain and follow the established system in place for care of equipment and instruments, maintain cleanliness and order in the AEZ exam rooms, treatment room, ward, and rounds room.
  • Stock treatment room, exam rooms, and ward with necessary supplies.
  • Maintain inventory of AEZ ward, and place orders as needed for necessary supplies.

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category Client/rDVM Calls and Support Duty/Responsibility

  • Receive calls from clients requesting information about their pets.
  • Refill prescriptions requests for clients.
  • Maintain service consult line. Arranges for communication between rDVM and service clinicians.
  • Address client issues as needed.

Percentage Of Time 15%

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 (e.g.: 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.
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Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, 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.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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.