Veterinary Technology

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

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital exist to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community every day. The CSU VTH Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that treats domestic and exotic livestock species including cattle, sheep, goats, swine, llamas, and alpacas. This position provides veterinary technical support to the livestock service including animal handling, restraint, patient care, stocking, billing, hospital cleaning and maintenance, and DVM student instruction.

Position Summary

This position provides technical and nursing support to the Livestock Medicine and Surgery patients and VTH clinicians, students, and clients. This position triages emergencies, provides nursing care to hospitalized patients, recovers post-operative patients and communicates with the Livestock Medicine and Surgery team on patient concerns. This position also instructs junior/senior professional veterinary students. The position provides daily stocking, cleaning, and maintenance of facilities and equipment, necessary for the support of the Livestock Hospital. The position provides animal handling and restraint during medical examinations and procedures. In some circumstances, this position may provide support for other VTH service areas during times of heavy caseload or staffing need.

Minimum Qualifications

An Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND two years of experience assisting in the direct care of livestock patients (bulls, beef cattle, llamas, alpacas, crias, sheep, pigs, goats, and dairy cows).


Two years of undergraduate credits in animal science or a similar field will substitute for the two year Associate’s degree requirement.

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 making critical decisions in high stress situations.
  • Ability to identify and take action when patients are in pain or discomfort.
  • Willingness and desire to teach others technical procedures, processes, or techniques.
  • Demonstrated experience administering proper animal holding and restraint for livestock animals.
  • Demonstrated experience preparing livestock animals for surgical prep.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail with work product and tasks.
  • Ability to see and treat (with veterinarian orders) animals undergoing surgery or with traumatic injuries.
  • Leadership skills that encourage teamwork and collaboration within unit and VTH as a whole.
  • Clear and concise written and verbal communication skills and the ability to explain technical processes or procedures in a way that others will understand.
  • Willingness and desire to learn new software programs.
  • Customer service skills and the ability to interact with a variety of individuals (staff, clients, peers, clinicians, etc).
  • Ability to problem-solve issues and come to successful resolution.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Nursing Care Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide veterinary technical assistance and support to the Livestock Service at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
  • Assist the veterinary clinicians, residents, interns, and professional veterinary medical students by providing veterinary technical assistance for the clinical management of VTH hospital patients.
  • Perform nursing care procedures starting with monitoring of in-patient cases and following orders on a patient treatment flow sheet.
  • Provide support for medical and diagnostic procedures (TPR, IV catheters, abdomenocentesis, sample collection, etc.) including procedure set up, aseptic preparation of procedure site, and instruction to students assisting with the procedure.
  • Prepare patients for surgery by clipping surgical site, administering local anesthetic, and aseptically preparing site.
  • Administer medication either by intravenous, intramuscular, subcutaneous, or oral routes to livestock patients. Set up and administer intravenous fluids via catheter and monitor the fluid rate set by the attending clinician and ordered on patient treatment flow sheet.
  • Collect rumen fluid from donor cows as instructed by attending clinicians.
  • Administer and calculate the dosage of electrolyte oral drench solution for post-operative LDA or RDA, or other livestock hospital cases as directed by the clinician.
  • Other duties include performing safe animal handling and restraint procedures, patient monitoring, diagnostic and treatment procedures including obtaining vital signs and performing a physical examination, obtaining diagnostic samples including blood, urine, feces, milk, and rumen fluid collection, performing oral-gastric or nasal-gastric intubation, endotracheal intubation, liver biopsy, abdominocentesis, CSF collection, IV catheterization and other diagnostic procedures.
  • Identifiy relevant changes and recommends adjustments to patient’s management.
  • Milk inpatient and/or boarding dairy cows as needed.

Percentage Of Time 45% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Client Services Duty/Responsibility

  • Support livestock clinicians and students with client services and communication as needed.
  • Review services performed on VTH patients and maintain accurate and timely billing records.
  • Obtain billing sheets and financial estimate information from clinicians, residents, and interns when animals are admitted to the hospital.
  • Provide clinicians, residents, and interns with current fees and information for calculating accurate financial estimates.
  • Help keep clinicians, residents, and interns appraised of current patient bills.
  • Maintain and complete the billing sheets and ensure that they are delivered to the VTH billing office prior to discharge of VTH patients.
  • Communicate scheduling instructions, patient status, or care instructions to clients when instructed by attending clinician.

Percentage Of Time 10% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Instruction and Team Contribution Duty/Responsibility

  • Organize and direct activities of the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Hospital during duty shift.
  • Instruct professional veterinary students and veterinary technician interns.
  • Maintain the professional function and appearance of the work areas by stocking, organizing and cleaning.
  • Provide assistance to interns, residents, students, faculty, and co-workers.
  • Assist students in learning various techniques, protocols, and procedures.

Percentage Of Time 15% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Infection Control Cleaning Duty/Responsibility

  • Perform the cleaning of VTH livestock service facilities and equipment, and maintain area footbaths.
  • Perform biosecurity cleaning within the main Livestock Medicine hospital.
  • Disinfect halters and lead ropes, grooming tools, muzzles, hoof equipment, tilt table, stocks, refrigerators, microwaves, counters tops, patient drug and supply storage bins, and office and rounds rooms floors.
  • Clean surgical instruments and clinical equipment.
  • Clean and disinfect flooring.
  • Daily submission of fecal samples to the diagnostic laboratory.
  • Promote infectious disease control by monitoring all animals within the livestock service hospital and teaching pens for potential contagious infectious diseases.
  • Maintain biosecurity supplies and equipment within the livestock section.
  • Notify the veterinary clinician and biosecurity officer of any patients or teaching animals with suspected contagious diseases that pose a risk to other patients or humans.
  • Monitor the hospital facilities and equipment for areas or items where cleaning has become neglected and institute a program to ensure that these areas are cleaned at an appropriate interval.

Percentage Of Time 30%

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.
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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.

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