Veterinary Technology

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
11 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

To educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community every day. The Small Animal Surgery unit is an integral part of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital which provides state-of-the-art surgery and anesthesia to critically ill or injured domestic, wildlife, and exotic animals. The unit instructs PVM students, technicians, interns, and residents.

Position Summary

This position provides PRN (relief nursing) to cover annual, sick, holiday, after-hours, and weekends etc to various departments during critical peak times. This includes assisting in the instruction of PVM students, interns, residents, faculty and staff performing diagnostic procedures, therapeutic treatments, client communication, service coordination, and overseeing client-student interactions. This position provides flexibility with the veterinary technology demands of the VTH and PVM program.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • An Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary / animal health technology or science. A transcript must be attached with this application to confirm this requirement is met.
  • 2 full-time years (24 months) of experience as a veterinary generalist with experience in areas such as animal surgery, administering anesthesia to animals.


  • A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology will substitute for the associate’s degree and, at the agency’s discretion, the two years of experience. A transcript must be attached with the application to use this substitution.

Preferred Qualifications

Highly sought applicants will have:

  • Graduated from a Certified Veterinary Technician program or Licensed Veterinary Technician program.
  • Able to work both independently and as a part of a team
  • Flexible, willing to fill in as needed in all veterinary departments.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Specialized Nursing Care Duty/Responsibility

  • Supports various hospital services with technical duties.
  • Assist or performs medical techniques on veterinary patients.
  • Supports small animal services by performing medical and minor techniques on veterinary patients, such as venapuncture, IV catheterization, fluid administration, electro diagnostic procedures, blood pressure doppler measurements, abdominocentesis, cystocentesis, bandage changes, wound management therapeutic management and diagnostic sample submission.

Percentage Of Time 50% Job Duty Category Patient Care Coordination Duty/Responsibility

  • Manage and answer the various consult phone lines.
  • Give information to potential referral clients. This requires a strong understanding of variety of procedures, medical terminology, and triaging cases based on medical needs.
  • Explain medical conditions and the procedures we perform to help pets.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Collect information for financial estimates.
  • Help owners with planning and arranging the hospital visit.
  • Gather answers for client questions regarding their pet.
  • Work closely with other departments required to organize daily procedures and how the patient flows through the hospital.

Percentage Of Time 50%

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.
  • Pertinent updates to your Application status can be obtained by logging into your application account at


  • Please check the Help link online at for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office

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.