Equine Veterinary Nurse

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
08 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
06 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The mission of the Colorado State University, Veterinary Teaching Hospital is to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community every day. This unit exists to provide administration and direction for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital; insure quality clinical service for our veterinary medicine students, to the general public, referring veterinarians and research endeavors.

Position Summary

The position triages, assesses, monitors, treats, evaluates, and coordinates care of injured equines in the long term in-patient Equine Rehabilitation Service under the guidance of Clinicians; provides limited clinical and didactic instruction to professional veterinary medical students, and designates job responsibilities among a small group of student hourly employees.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered for this position, candidates must have:

  • An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology


  • One full-time year of experience in horse handling.
  • please note, a transcript must be attached to demonstrated the educational requirement for this position.**)


Additional experience or education may substitute for the associate’s degree on a year-for-year basis as determined appropriate by the department.

  • Please note, educational experience will only be counted if a transcript, either official or unofficial is attached with this application.

Preferred Qualifications

Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:

  • Ability to restrain horses of varying training levels for treatment and procedures.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or graduation from an Equine Veterinary Technology program preferred.
  • Previous veterinary technician and/or radiology technician experience highly preferred.
  • Previous equine rehabilitation or experience handling long term equine patients preferred.
  • Impeccable attention to detail, organization and ability to learn clinician and client preferences.
  • Ability to jog, sit, stand, crouch and kneel for extended periods of time.
  • Outstanding customer service and communication skills.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Nursing Duty/Responsibility

Provides nursing and Technical support under the guidance of clinical faculty by providing veterinary technical care for ESM & Rehab cases. Travel to client farms with the ESM service to assist with diagnosis and treatment of patients. Perform and assist with diagnostic procedures such as radiographs, ultrasounds, joint injections, diagnostic analgesia and lameness exams. Manage treatments, daily care & feeding, as well as controlled exercise of long term rehabilitation inpatients. Work with ESM clinicians to establish plan of care and assist in coordination with various groups within and outside of the EVTH if required. Become proficient in VTH computer programs and assist clinicians, students and residents in their use.

Percentage Of Time 65 Job Duty Category Equipment Inventory and Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

Assist in maintaining all equipment used by the ESM & Rehab service to ensure equipment remains functioning properly. Work with ESM Coordinator and Faculty to maintain inventory and stock all vehicles used by the ESM & Rehab service along with back stock cabinets. Maintain relationships with pharmacy and central supply personnel and orders supplies from respective departments when necessary.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Education and Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Assist in the teaching of 4th year clinical PVM students, externs and volunteers that shadow the ESM service. Support ESM resident training. Act as a point of contact for ESM clients and assist as necessary.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Business Operations Duty/Responsibility

Ensure the timely completion of daily paperwork associated with the ESM service. Assist the Equine Operations Manager with operational duties relating to ESM & Rehab such as accurate fee capture and correction of possible invoicing errors, and medical record maintenance.

Percentage Of Time 15 Job Duty Category Biosecurity Protocols Duty/Responsibility

This position is responsible for biosecurity awareness by leading by example and educating any personnel to enter the Equine Rehab barn. Learn process to appropriately clean and store equipment between uses to protect biosecurity of equipment. Uphold information presented to DVM students within orientation that includes basic awareness of essential biosecurity practices as they relate to the Equine Rehabilitation unit.

Percentage Of Time 5

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 humanresources@colostate.edu. 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 https://jobs.colostate.edu


  • Please check the Help link online at https://jobs.colostate.edu/help/ 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 HR_Employment@mail.colostate.edu.

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 Executive Director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, 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 www.colorado.gov/spb.

A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. 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.