Veterinary Technology

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

Description of Work Unit

The Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital exists 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, 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. In some circumstances, this position may provide support for other VTH service areas during time of heavy caseload or staffing need.

Minimum Qualifications

An Associate’s degree from an accredited institution in veterinary medicine/animal health technology AND one year 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 experience assisting in the direct care of livestock patients or two years of undergraduate credits in animal science or similar field will substitute for the two year Associate degree requirement.
Note: If using experience to meet the minimum qualifications a total of three years of experience is required (full-time equivalent, part-time experience is calculated.)

Preferred Qualifications

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

  • Knowledge of proper holding and restraints related to livestock animals.
  • Ability to maintain attention to detail with work product and tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience remaining calm and collected in stressful situations.
  • Ability to identify animals in pain or discomfort and report findings to upper-level staff.
  • Desire and willingness to demonstrate and share information on technical procedures, technique, or processes to others.
  • Ability to maintain composure and provide assistance to patients undergoing surgery or receiving treatment for traumatic injuries.
  • Verbal communication skills that foster teamwork and collaboration.
  • Clear and concise written communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to go above and beyond duties of the position to support the overall success of the VTH.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Patient Support/Care Duty/Responsibility

  • Assist in providing clinical support to the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service Patients under the direction of the senior staff, interns, residents and clinicians.
  • Proper restraint of patients without injury to patient, self, or others.
  • Properly and effectively triage all Livestock Medicine and Surgery patients communicate concerns to senior nurses, interns, residents, or clinicians.
  • Ability to perform proficiently the nursing skills for this level.
  • Able to perform venipuncture and assist with catheter placements.
  • Accurately perform basic drug calculations.
  • Able to observe and recognize changes in patient status.
  • Properly perform medical treatments on hospitalized patients, assist with clinical procedures and direct patient care.
  • Must demonstrate caring behavior with all patients.

Percentage Of Time 60% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Instruction and Team Contribution Duty/Responsibility

  • Instruct professional veterinary students and veterinary technician interns.
  • Role model teamwork as a congenial member of the Livestock Medicine and Surgery and VTH team.
  • Provide assistance to interns, residents, students, faculty, and co-workers.
  • Assist students in learning various techniques, protocols, and procedures.

Percentage Of Time 10% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Billing and Documentation Duty/Responsibility

  • Demonstrated knowledge of medical documentation to include electronic medical record, treatment sheets, observation sheets, communication sheets, clinicians’ orders, and the medical record.
  • Obtain strong working knowledge of the billing system and ensure that all charges for all procedures are recorded in an accurate and timely manner for all Livestock Medicine and Surgery patients.
  • Visually inspect all patients before discharges.
  • Complete all necessary paperwork (i.e. Controlled Drug form and drug disposition form).

Percentage Of Time 15% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Maintain Service Areas Duty/Responsibility

  • Maintain the professional function and appearance of the work areas by stocking, organizing and cleaning.
  • Maintain all equipment within rooms.
  • Check drugs and supplies for expiration date and stock supplies when needed.
  • Hose and disinfect floors/rooms/equipment if needed
  • Empty trash cans and laundry daily as needed
  • Submit work orders to supervisor to ensure proper repairs are made

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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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.