Veterinary Technician, Intermediate Care Unit

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
27 Aug 2018
End of advertisement period
24 Sep 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Veterinary Science
Contract Type
Part Time

Description of Work Unit

To educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community every d ay. The Intermediate Care unit is an integral part of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital which provides 24/7 state-of- the-art perioperative care and medical boarding.

Position Summary

The Veterinary Technology I position will provide care to non-critical patients hospitalized in IMCU who are recovering from anesthesia or surgery, and require hospitalization or medical boarding.

Note to Applicants: This position is part-time hourly with shifts typically falling Thursday – Saturday and starting at 7:00 a.m. and ending between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Minimum Qualifications

An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND one year of experience in small animal (dogs & cats) patient care; specifically in post-operative care, assisting in surgery and monitoring while administering anesthesia.


Two years of experience as described above will substitute for each year of required education.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies and experience outlined as highly desired for this position:

  • Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT) or Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) credential.
  • Experience communicating successfully across disciplines including students, medical staff, faculty, and clients in order to work collaboratively and provide training.
  • Genuine desire to provide nursing care for ill/injured animals with a compassionate approach.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a proactive approach in a fast-paced and challenging environment.
  • Ability to problem-solve and critically think regarding changes in patient’s status.
  • Experience prioritizing caseload and using time-management to effectively meet the needs of patients and the unit.
  • Experience training others in technical nursing care proceeds and minor veterinary procedures.

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Patient Care Duty/Responsibility

  • Provide care for hospitalized patients in the Intermediate Care Unit.
  • Recover patients from anesthesia, properly administers medications and fluids as needed, performs treatments as ordered and provides overall patient comfort, under the direction of the IC supervisor and work leader.
  • Work in partnership with the PVM student and the primary VTH clinician assigned to each case.
  • Communicate with other services regarding the care and transport of patients as necessary within departments of the VTH, and transfers patients as needed.
  • Accurately perform basic drug calculations, observe and recognize changes in patient status, communicate effectively with the IMCU team, and demonstrate caring behavior with all patients.
  • Ensure patient readiness for discharge from the VTH.

Percentage Of Time 70%

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Maintains Service Area Duty/Responsibility

  • Responsible for maintaining equipment in IMCU, and submitting work orders as needed to make sure that repairs are made.
  • Responsible for cleaning and upkeep of IMCU unit.
  • Responsible for checking stock levels, and replenishing as needed.
  • Responsible for checking drugs and supplies for the expiration date, and replacing when needed.
  • Adhere to VTH purchasing and Central Supply protocol.

Percentage Of Time 20%

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Documentation and Billing Duty/Responsibility

  • Record all relevant information into the patient’s medical record.
  • Ensure that all IMCU patients have been billed accurately before being discharged from the VTH.

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 (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.
  • 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 (970) 491- MyHR(6947).

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 of our clients.

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 during inclement weather, without delay or interruption, to provide essential or emergency services to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of clients?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * This position requires either an Associate's degree in Veterinary/Animal Health Technology, or Veterinary Technician Certification by a State Board of Veterinary medicine (CVT/RVT/LVT). Please select the response below that indicates how you meet the minimum qualification.
    • I do not have an Associate's degree (or higher level degree) in the required degree area, and I am not a CVT, RVT, or LVT.
    • I have an Associate's degree (or higher level degree) in the required degree area, and I will attach my transcripts to my application
    • I am currently certified as a CVT, RVT, or LVT, and have attached my certification to my application
  4. * The typical days scheduled for this position will be Thursday - Saturday with hours falling within the daytime shift (7:00 a.m. - 3:00 or 5:00 p.m.). When needed, are you willing and able to work this shift?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Please describe a time when you experienced conflict or miscommunication with a teammate or customer that threatened the integrity or effectiveness of your work. How did you maintain your composure and professionalism while meeting the needs of the customer or teammate?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * 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)

  7. * Please describe a challenging patient care situation you have encountered. How did you assess the situation and what steps did you take to resolve it?

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Give an example of a time in a veterinary setting when you were faced with an urgent problem or challenge that demonstrated your ability to be analytical, creative, and make decisions in order reach a timely solution. Be sure to include the details around the problem/challenge, how much time it took to resolve matters, resources you used, and why this example best highlights your capabilities.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents Required Documents

Optional Documents

  1. Unofficial Transcripts
  2. Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)
  3. License/Certification