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

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/veterinary technician interns, triage and provide nursing care to emergency/critical care patients, to collect blood/tissue samples for evaluation, to perform physical examinations, to maintain accurate medical records, to appropriately communicate concerns to primary clinicians, and to provide clear and accurate information to the clients whose animals are hospitalized.

Position Summary

This position provides technical and nursing support to CCS patients and VTH clinicians, students and clients. The position triages emergencies, provides nursing care to hospitalized patients, recovers post-operative patients, and communicates with CCS team on patient concerns. This position also instructs vet technician students and junior/senior professional veterinary students.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND one year of experience assisting in the direct care of emergency and critical care small animal patients (e.g.: canine and feline).

Must be willing and able to work an overnight (with shift differential pay) schedule from 10:00 pm – 8:00 am (four, 10-hour shifts) as a condition of employment. For additional information on the shift differential this position is eligible for, see item #11 subsection b. (health care services):


Two years of experience assisting in the direct care of emergency and critical care small animal patients (e.g.: canine, feline) will substitute for the two year Associate degree requirement.

If using experience to meet the minimum qualification, then 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:

  • Certified Veterinary Technologies, Registered Veterinary Technologist or Licensed Veterinary Technologist.
  • One+ year of experience in an emergency and/or critical care position.
  • Demonstrated experience providing customer service in a fast-paced environment (e.g.: high traffic, stressful, or rapid problem solving).
  • A strong desire to learn and advance medical and technical knowledge base.
  • Proactively teach and courage in a supportive manner.
  • Ability to be compassionate and empathetic to clients in emotional situations.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a team and managing conflict.
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical skills.
  • Ability to problem-solve and critically think through situations/scenarios.
  • Prioritization and organizational skills.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Patient Support/Care Duty/Responsibility

  • Assist in providing clinical support to Critical Care Service patients under the direction of senior nurses and clinicians.
  • Proper restraint of patients without injury to patient, self, or others.
  • Properly triage all CCS patients and effectively communicate concerns to senior nurses or clinician.
  • Ability to perform proficiently the nursing skills for this level.
  • Able to perform venipuncture and place IV catheters.
  • Ability to assist in CPR.
  • Accurately perform basic drug calculations.
  • Able to observe and recognize changes in patient status.
  • Perform medical treatments on hospitalized patients and assist with clinical procedures and direct patient care.
  • 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.
  • Maintain professional function and appearance of three work areas by stocking, organizing and cleaning.
  • Role model teamwork as a congenial member of the CCS and VTH team.
  • Provide assistance to interns, residents, students, faculty, and co-workers.
  • Assist students in learning various techniques, protocols, and procedures.
  • Attend and assist in shift change case rounds.

Percentage Of Time 20% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Billing and Documentation Duty/Responsibility

  • Thorough knowledge of medical documentation to include electronic medical records, treatment sheets, observation sheets, communication sheets, clinicians’ orders, and the medical record.
  • 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 CCS.
  • Enter all patient information on to nurse’s board or triage board.
  • Visually inspect all patients before discharges.
  • Ensure all paperwork is complete (e.g.: Controlled drug form).

Percentage Of Time 15% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Maintain Service Areas Duty/Responsibility

  • Responsible for cleaning and upkeep of rooms.
  • Maintain all equipment within rooms.
  • Check drugs and supplies for expiration data and stock supplies when needed.
  • Sweep and mop floors if needed.
  • Empty trash cans and laundry daily or as needed.
  • Submit work orders to ensure proper repairs are made.

Percentage Of Time 5% 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

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.