Veterinary Technician

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 exists to providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community while educating the next generation of veterinarians at a tertiary level teaching hospital. Critical Care Services provides medical care for small animals and exotics on an emergency basis and intensive 24 hour care to patients who are admitted for extended treatment. We simultaneously provide clinical instruction to professional veterinary medical students, interns, residents, veterinary technicians, graduate veterinarians, and others, conduct and support clinical research, and provide referral outreach to clients and referring veterinarians.

Position Summary

This position must:

  1. Triage all incoming emergency cases and assess the client situation for optimal patient care.
  2. Stabilizes emergent, medically dynamic patients.
  3. Initiate and assist with advanced procedures such as pericardiocentesis and positive pressure ventilation.
  4. Monitors patients to assess response to treatment or need to initiate treatment.
  5. Coordinates and provides care of ill or injured animals with doctors, students and other staff, including nursing care and technical procedures.
  6. Provides medically-experienced phone triage/screening, and support.
  7. Facilitates coordination and communication between appropriate hospital departments, clients, and referring veterinarians.
  8. Provides clinical and didactic instruction to professional veterinary medical students, interns, residents, technicians, graduate veterinarians and others.
  9. Directs activities of Urgent Care and Critical Care Unit, oversees maintenance, charging and provides continuity of care.

Minimum Qualifications

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 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 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. (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):


A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology or directly related field (e.g.: Animal Science, etc.) will substitute for the associate’s degree.

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 Care Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide and oversee efficient, optimal patient care including: triage, assessment, stabilization, treatment, monitoring, and restraint.
  • Identify relevant changes and recommends adjustments to patient’s management.
  • Collaborates with students, interns, residents, faculty clinicians, rDVMs, and clients to assist in formulating a diagnoses and optimal treatment plan.
  • Evaluate patient status, response to therapy, collecting diagnostic samples and interpreting results.
  • Demonstrate caring behavior with all patients and clients.
  • Assume leadership in emergencies in absence of DVM.

Percentage Of Time 30% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Technical Expertise and Clinical Competence Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide clinical and technical expertise such as intravenous catheter placement (peripheral and central catheters), arterial, and urinary catheterization; fluid and drug administration; intravenous and arterial blood sampling.
  • Perform focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST); EKG and blood gas collection/interpretation; direct and indirect blood pressure monitoring/evaluation; pulse oximetry; capnography; operation and trouble-shooting of all specialty-related equipment; thoracocentesis and continuous evacuation; pericardiocentesis; emergency anesthesia; cystocentesis; multi-parameter monitoring; positive pressure ventilation and initiating and directing CPR.

Percentage Of Time 30% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching and Mentoring Duty/Responsibility

  • Instruct Professional Veterinary Medical Program students, interns, residents, technicians, and CE participants by providing clinical instruction in the principles and practices of veterinary emergency and critical care medicine.
  • Present staff in-service training by illustrating new or reviewed specialty topics and/or techniques.
  • Assist in training new personnel.
  • Orient new students, and provides coaching and feedback to ensure success.
  • Teach and model quality nursing care.
  • Participate in professional development by attending assigned training, continuing education, in services, and self-study.

Percentage Of Time 20% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Communication Duty/Responsibility

  • Utilize advanced medical knowledge and expertise to provide onsite or phone triage/screening for ill or injured animals presenting to the Critical Care Services.
  • Communicate and coordinate with clients or referring/primary veterinarians to obtain relevant history, prior diagnostics, etc. in order to facilitate diagnoses and treatment. Provides information and feedback to help guide clients through decision making.
  • Communicate and coordinate with reception, and other hospital departments to facilitate timely, efficient assessment, diagnostics, stabilization, treatment and/or transfer to appropriate hospital services.
  • Provide medical updates and concerns to primary and ancillary clinicians, students and other staff to coordinate patient care.
  • Practice and promote prompt, positive, professional interpersonal relations and communications.
  • Problem-solve and provide consultation to students, staff, faculty, and community.

Percentage Of Time 10% Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Unit Operations and Maintenance Duty/Responsibility

  • Organize and direct activities of Unit during duty shift.
  • Prioritize cases and procedures.
  • Ensure completion and documentation of treatments.
  • Monitor and enforce policies and procedures (including biosecurity and controlled substance regulations).
  • Maintain supplies, equipment, and facility.
  • Enter patient charges into computer.
  • Provide after-hours hospital support and facilitates emergency patient admission.
  • Practice and promote positive, professional interpersonal relations and communications.

Percentage Of Time 10%

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.

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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.

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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.