Veterinary Technician II - Critical Care Unit (After Hours w/ pay differential)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 22 Aug 2022

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information

Working Title Veterinary Technician II - Critical Care Unit (After Hours w/ pay differential)
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Classification Title Veterinary Technology II
Posting Number 202100237P
Position Type State Classified
Open Date 08/05/2022
Close Date 08/22/2022
Salary $3,551 monthly plus shift differential of 7.5 -14% and FULL BENEFIT OFFERINGS
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas: and .
Full/Part Time Full-time
State Classified Hourly No
Overtime Eligible
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.
The CSU VTH prides itself on providing amazing patient care as well as a collaborative, cutting edge research environment for employees to learn and grow within the veterinary medicine field. From animals large to small, domestic to exotic, no two days are the same at the VTH. To see a “Day in the Life” at the VTH visit the following link:
Join us! Want to work in a fast-paced, dedicated, and supportive environment? The Critical Care team has extensive expertise and experience in emergency and critical care cases and handles any veterinary emergency rather it requires minor to rapid lifesaving treatments. The overnight veterinary technician receives a 14% shift differential pay for all weekday hours worked and 20% for weekend and holiday hours.
CSU offers competitive benefits to keep employees well at work and at play. Please visit the State Classified links on the following page for information related to health benefits: Don’t forget to review the Employee and Family Resources and Personal Growth and Development sections on this page. These benefits/perks apply to all employees!
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.
Colorado State University (CSU) and the State of Colorado are committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time classified employees in the following University benefit areas.
CSU Benefit Programs:
* Academic privileges
* Commitment to Campus
* Employee Assistance Program
* Discounts and many more
Multiple options under Medical, Dental, Vision Plans
* Cigna & Kaiser Permanente
* Delta Dental
* EyeMed
Retirement Plans:
* Colorado PERA (automatic enrollment)
* Voluntary Retirement such as 457 and 401(k) plans
* Retirement Loan option
Paid Leave:
* Annual & Sick Leave
* 10 designated Holidays
* Parental Leave
* Leave Sharing Bank
* Short & Long Term Disability coverage
Health & Financial Wellness options:
* Basic & Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance
* Flexible Spending Accounts

Detailed information on coverage options and benefit offerings can be found at:
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 small animal patients (e.g.: canine and feline).
  • Must be willing and able to work an after-hours schedule (with shift differential pay) from 2:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. (four, 10-hour shifts). Days rotate every 12 weeks. 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.
* Related state service experience

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Patient Care
  • 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 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%
Job Duty Category Technical Expertise and Clinical Competence
  • 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%
Job Duty Category Teaching and Mentoring
  • 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%
Job Duty Category Communication
  • 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%
Job Duty Category Unit Operations and Maintenance
  • 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%

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. Please note: Part-time experience will be calculated to determine the full-time equivalent.
* The Work Experience 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.
Appointment to the vacancy or vacancies represented by this announcement is expected to be from the eligible list created. However, at the discretion of the appointing authority, the position(s) may be filled by another method of appointment for a valid articulated business reason.
* The selection process for State Classified positions may include an exam(s) and interview(s) which require candidates to physically appear (at the CSU campus in Fort Collins, CO) at the candidates’ own expense.
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Colorado State University
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
Colorado State University is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our Human Resources – Employment Office, at or call (970) 491- MyHR(6947).
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Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Essential Services Designation - Must be willing and able to report without delay or interruption to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of our clients. , Shift Work - Overnight with hours typically from 10:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. (four, 10 hour days)
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.

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