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Colorado State University Veterinary Technician II - Critical Care Unit, Overnight Hours in Fort Collins, Colorado

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Working TitleVeterinary Technician II - Critical Care Unit, Overnight Hours

Position LocationFort Collins, CO

Work LocationPosition is fully in-office/in-person

Research Professional PositionNo

Posting Number202301640AP

Position TypeAdmin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification TitleTechnical/Support II

Number of Vacancies1

Work Hours/Week40

Proposed Annual Salary Range$43,788 - $52,548 (salary is commensurate with experience and shift/schedule)

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University is not just a workplace; it’s a thriving community that’s transforming lives and improving the human condition through world-class teaching, research, and service. With a robust benefits package, collaborative atmosphere, commitment todiversity, equity and inclusion (https://inclusiveexcellence.colostate.edu/about/) , and focus on work-life balance, CSU is where you can thrive, grow, and make a lasting impact.

  • For detailed benefit plan information for eligible employees, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/andhttps://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/.

  • For the total value of CSU benefits in addition to wages, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/total-compensation-calculator/.

  • For more information about why Fort Collins is consistently ranked in the top cities to live in, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-community/.

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on11/13/2023

Description of Work Unit

Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.

The CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital ( VTH ) exists to provide 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

The mission of CSU VTH Small Animal Critical Care Services, the pinnacle of veterinary medicine and education, is to ensure the advancement of patient welfare through a vital system distinguished by: personal excellence; compassionate care; exemplary education; collaborative & transformative research; and mutual trust with our community.

This position reports to the Critical Care Unit technician manager.

This position typically works overnights 10 pm – 8 am (10-hour shifts) four days per week, but may be asked to adjust to meet the needs of the department and university. Rotating days of the week (including weekends and holidays).

This is an essential worker position and must be willing and able to report to work as directed to perform essential and/or emergency services without delay or interruption.

The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date; the department will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

A combination of signing bonus + moving expenses available = $2,500 max

Required Job Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS : Graduate of accredited veterinary technician program with greater than 2 years’ experience in veterinary emergency medicine*Please note, a transcript or diploma must be attached to this application to demonstrate graduation from the vet tech program.

SUBSTITUTIONS : Candidates can qualify without graduation from a veterinary technician program if they demonstrate 3+ years of veterinary emergency medicine experience.

The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States by the proposed start date; the department will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Certified Veterinary Technologist, Registered Veterinary Technologist or Licensed Veterinary Technologist.

  • Two+ years 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.

  • Ability to proactively teach and encourage 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.

  • Related state service experience.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty CategoryPatient Care Management


  • Provides and oversees efficient, optimal patient care including: triage, assessment, stabilization, treatment, monitoring, and restraint.

  • Identifies 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 plans. This is done by evaluating patient status, response to therapy, collecting diagnostic samples and interpreting results.

  • Assumes leadership in emergencies in absence of DVM .

  • Provides clinical and technical expertise such as: intravenous (peripheral and central catheters), arterial, and urinary catheterization; fluid and drug administration; intravenous and arterial blood sampling; 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 Time60

Job Duty CategoryTeaching, Mentoring, Continuing Education


  • Develops knowledge and skills of Professional Veterinary Medical Program students, interns, residents, technicians, and CE participants by providing clinical instruction on the principles and practice of veterinary emergency and critical care medicine.

  • Presents staff in-service training by illustrating new or reviewed specialty topics and/or techniques.

  • Assists in training new personnel.

  • Orients new students and provides coaching and feedback.· Teaches and models quality nursing care.

  • Maintains currency and increases knowledge of field by attending assigned training and continuing education, both in service and self-study.

Percentage Of Time20

Job Duty CategoryCommunication


  • Provides knowledgeable onsite or phone triage/screening for ill or injured animals presenting to the Critical Care Services.

  • Communicates and coordinates 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. Communicates and coordinates with reception and other hospital departments to facilitate timely and efficient assessments, diagnostics, stabilization, treatment and/or transfer to appropriate hospital services.

  • Provides medical updates and communicates concerns to primary and ancillary clinicians, students and other staff to coordinate patient care.

  • Practices and promotes prompt, positive, professional interpersonal relations and communications.

  • Problem solves and provides consultation to students, staff, faculty, and community

Percentage Of Time15

Job Duty CategoryUnit Operations/Maintenance


  • Organizes and directs activities of unit during duty shift when necessary.

  • Prioritizes cases and procedures as well as ensures completion and documentation of treatments.

  • Monitors and enforces policies and procedures (including biosecurity and controlled substance regulations).

Percentage Of Time5

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

This position will remain open until filled, however for full consideration, please apply by 11/13/2023, 11:59pm MT. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with the required and preferred qualifications, a current resume, a transcript or diploma demonstrating graduation from a vet tech program in the Other slot, and the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. If you have questions, please contact Michelle Riesel (michelle.riesel@colostate.edu) or Caroline Martinez (caroline.martinez@colostate.edu).

CSU is committed to full inclusion of qualified individuals. If you are needing assistance or accommodations with the search process, please reach out to the listed search contact.

Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - must be willing and able to report to work as directed to perform essential and/or emergency services without delay or interruption, Shift Work - nights, weekends or holidays, On-call Status - potential for on-call status, Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials

Search ContactMichelle Riesel michelle.riesel@colostate.edu Caroline Martinez Caroline.Martinez@colostate.edu

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/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University 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 and equal access institution and 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. TheOffice of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,oeo@colostate.edu.

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,oeo@colostate.edu.

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to theOffice of Civil Rights, Department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html) .

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University 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 for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested3

Maximum Requested3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Are you willing and able to report to work as directed to perform essential and/or emergency services without delay or interruption?
  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

Optional Documents

  • Other