Veterinary Technology I, General Surgery

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
15 May 2018
End of advertisement period
25 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Working Title Veterinary Technology I, General Surgery

Posting Number 201800106P 

To educate the next generation of veterinarians and provide exceptional veterinary surgical care and service to the community every day. The Small Animal General Surgery Service (GS) unit is an integral part of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital which provides state-of-the-art surgical services and care to domestic, wildlife, and exotic small animals. The unit instructs professional and paraprofessional Veterinary Medical students, technicians, interns, and residents in a surgical setting with emphasis on practical applications of GS Nursing. The unit is responsible for soft tissue and neurological surgeries, emergency surgery transfers within the hospital and the community, consultation with all services in the hospital, consulting service for referral veterinarians, and teaching of DVM and paraprofessional students from CSU and other institutions.

Position Summary

This position provides instruction of professional and paraprofessional Veterinary Medical students, interns, residents, staff in surgical clinics. In addition, the position may also provide assistance in a number of student procedure labs. Technical skills such as venipuncture, bandage management, sedative drug dose calculation and administration, supervised patient monitoring and communication with residents and faculty to facilitate patient examination and care, management of appointments, diagnostic tests, and triage of patients, admission and discharge of patients, client education and discussion of dismissal instructions, and participation in rounds and case discussion.

Minimum Qualifications

(Describe your job duties in relation to the minimum qualifications in the work experience section of the application)

  • An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology
  • one full-time year (12 months) of experience working in a general veterinary medicine environment.


Two years of experience working in a general veterinary medicine environment will substitute for each year of required education. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology will substitute for the associate’s degree and the year of experience. * Please note, to use this substitution, a transcript, either official or unofficial must be attached with this application.*

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have many of the following:

  • Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) or Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) credential.
  • Facilitation, teaching, or public speaking experience in an academic, professional, or volunteer capacity.
  • Demonstrated success working as a member of a team.
  • Experience maintaining accurate and timely electronic records and/or inventory.
  • Three + years of higher level experience with soft veterinary surgery.
  • Experience as a Specialized Care Provider

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category General Surgery Nursing Duty/Responsibility

Assists with sedating and monitoring GS patients in the surgical treatment area and other areas of the hospital such as diagnostic imaging. Assists with scheduling of imaging and surgical cases for GS, and works with other technicians especially in anesthesia and CCU to help organize daily procedures and patient flow. This technician will clip and position patients appropriately in preparation for surgery. In addition, this technician will organize communication with clients and referring veterinarians daily. The person will assist with sedation for minor procedures, and facilitate bandage changes and wound care. The technician will help obtain all necessary materials, supplies, pharmaceuticals and equipment from Central/Pharmacy for patient procedures. The technician will assist with submission of all biopsy and culture samples. The technician will be expected to fill in as a surgery tech in the operating room as needed. In addition to entering patient care charges, this person will coordinate post-surgery management with the Intermediate Care and Critical Care Units. In addition, this person will follow-up on test results and provide appropriate postoperative communication with owners and referring veterinarians.

Percentage Of Time 60 Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Consult Line/RDVM Communication Duty/Responsibility

The technician will assist with the surgery consult line. This requires an understanding of surgical procedures and various treatment options, medical terminology, and triaging cases based on the medical needs of the animal. This often involves answering questions from referring veterinarians and scheduling consults, contacting owners and collecting diagnostics and organizing travel arrangements (hotels, sightseeing, etc) for visiting owners.

The technician will also answer phone calls and provide information to potential referral clients. This involves explaining medical conditions in simple lay terms, and explaining the procedures we perform to the client understand what our process is for surgery, schedule appointments, give financial estimates and helping owners with planning and arranging their trip to the VTH.

Percentage Of Time 20 Essential Job Duties


Job Duty Category Teaching – PVM students/Interns/Residents Duty/Responsibility

The technician will assist faculty and residents with teaching of PVM students and interns. This may include gathering teaching materials for topic rounds or teaching demos, (or help to obtain cadavers for teaching) and assisting with various student procedure labs. In addition, the technician may be asked to help students with aseptic technique, instrument usage, suture choices, and basic suturing technique.

Percentage Of Time 10 Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Misc. Hospital Systems, RIS, Vet Point, Registration, Scheduling, Billing Duty/Responsibility

This person will be responsible for accurate application of the RIS-PACS software modules. The technician will be responsible for keeping work lists up to date and accurate. The person will keep sample logs and will track communication for rDVM in the medical records. The technician will also review invoices for accuracy, enter data for department logs, and order and track stock supplies in the treatment area.

Percentage Of Time 10 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.
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  • All other inquiries should be directed to the Colorado State University Human Resources Office

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency services to ensure health, safety, and welfare. 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.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you willing and able to submit to a pre-employment background check that may include, but is not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history as a condition of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you willing and able to report to work as directed to perform essential and/or emergency services without delay or interruption?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Please provide additional detail about your academic or professional veterinary medicine and/or surgical experience. Describe the environments in which you worked, the nature of the procedures, the types of animals with which you have experience, and any other relevant information about your veterinary experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please describe how you would respond to the following situation: You have followed protocol when preparing for an upcoming procedure. You have prepared the surgical suite with the supplies, instruments, and equipment according to a very specific list of instructions. Upon arrival, the veterinarian tells you that it is all wrong. What steps would you take to resolve this issue?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe a highlight from your professional or academic career when you accomplished a goal as a part of a team that you would not have been able to accomplish on your own. What about the team made the experience so rewarding? What did you learn about teamwork that you will apply in the future?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * This position allows for the substitution of education for experience. If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, a copy of your unofficial (or official) transcripts are required by the application deadline. Please select how you will be meeting the minimum qualification for this position.
    • I will be using my course work to meet the minimum qualification(s) for this position, and I have attached my unofficial/official transcripts to my application.
    • I will be using my work experience to meet the minimum qualification(s) of this position (I did NOT attach a transcript to my application)
    • I will be using my course work in combination with my work experience to meet the minimum qualification(s) of this position, and I have attached my unofficial/official transcripts to my application

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

  1. List of Professional References
  2. Unofficial Transcripts
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)