Veterinary Technician II - Small Animal Internal Medicine

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 14 Dec 2022

Posting Details
Posting Detail Information

Working Title Veterinary Technician II - Small Animal Internal Medicine
Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523
Does this position qualify for hybrid or remote work? No
Classification Title Veterinary Technology II
Posting Number 202200657P
Position Type State Classified
Open Date 11/29/2022
Close Date 12/14/2022
Salary $3,551 Monthly + Full Benefits
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
At the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, we exist to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community. This work unit exists to instruct professional veterinary students, to provide nursing care to critical patients, to collect blood/tissue samples for evaluation, to perform physical examinations, to maintain accurate medical records, provide an environment for clinical related research, and to provide clear and accurate information to the clients whose animals are hospitalized. The Small Animal Medicine Unit provides examination, diagnostic and therapeutic management for small animals presented to Colorado State University Teaching Hospital.
Position Summary
Provide para-professional support for the Small Animal Medicine department. Performs diagnostic procedures, therapeutic treatments, assist and/or perform advanced fiber optic procedures and provide instruction of veterinary students, interns and residents. The position is a fully operational technician performing specialized patient care.
Minimum Qualifications
An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND two years of experience working in a veterinary hospital.
Four years of experience working in a veterinary hospital will substitute for the required education. A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university will substitute for the associate’s degree and, at the agency’s discretion, the two years of experience. * Please note, a transcript must be attached to use the education for experience substitution.
Preferred Qualifications
Highly sought applicants will have many of the following:
  • Endoscopy experience
  • Highly skilled in canine and feline phlebotomy
  • Comfortable monitoring sedated patients
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-motivated, eager to learn and grow
  • Able to work with a diverse group in a positive and enjoyable manner
  • Related State service experience

Essential Job Duties

Job Duty Category Patient Care Medical/Surgical/Technical
This position provides patient care and performs minor medical and surgical techniques on veterinary patients such as venipuncture, IV catheterization, fluid administration, urinary catheterization, abdominocentesis, fluid and blood administration, and advanced procedures for therapeutic management and diagnostic sample submission. Administration and monitoring of IV anesthetics in patients undergoing medical and surgical procedures. Anticipates or take measures to prevent problems or complications in the patients they are involved with. Monitors the patients in the medical wards.
Percentage Of Time 20
Job Duty Category Fiber-Optic Department
Assist in the performance of fiber-optic procedures such as laparoscopy, endoscopy, bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy and cystoscopy. Operates biopsy instruments and obtains biopsy samples. Maintenance, use and inspection of fiber-optic instruments and equipment involved in endoscopic procedures. Cleans, stores, and sterilizes fragile fiber optic equipment. Retrieves foreign bodies via endoscopy. Scheduling and coordination of anesthesia/equipment/rooms and supplies for the small animal medicine department to assure that procedures are accomplished in a timely and orderly manner.
Percentage Of Time 30
Job Duty Category Co-Administration of the Small Animal Nurse Line, Rx Line, Client Communication, Appointments
Receive phone calls from clients seeking information and/or second opinions for their pets. Return phone calls and give information regarding CSU standards of care, fee estimates, and determines if the patient is an emergency or not. Schedules ultrasound appointments if indicated for the particular patient. Seeks approval from faculty if the position thinks the patients should be seen earlier than the medicine schedule will allow. Directs clients toward resolution of problems, receives lab work for CSU patients, ensures clients are scheduled properly, and handles potential emergencies. Monitors the Internal Medicine Prescription Line and Techline. Assists in prescription refill requests, medication instructions, appointment requests and other general information for clients. Interviews clients and obtains history and basic physical exam parameters in preparation for further assessment by DVMs. Followups with clients regarding concerns about patients or care plans. Greets client/patient prior to taking patient to treatment area to collect and process requested diagnostics. Enters lab orders and charges into computer.
Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category Teaching
Instruction of PVM students,interns,hourly assistants and newer technicians in the technical aspects of the above mentioned techniques in formal labs and on a patient demand basis. Monitors PVM students performing treatments on clinical patients housed in the small animal medicine wards.
Percentage Of Time 15
Job Duty Category I-131 Hyperthyroid Cat Care and Radiation Administration
This position has all radiation modules required to inject I-131 cats. Radiation modules include Mod 0, 1, 2, 4, 5, and 8 and require both a shoulder and ring dosimetry badge. The position plays a lead role on mornings when hyperthyroid cats present for I-131 treatment. The position will either inject or hold for injection and begin the daily log sheets. This position will also provide patient care to the cats twice daily, keep the clinician and student informed with daily updates and follow all safety protocols. This position will also perform sedation for hyperthyroid cats receiving thyroid scans as needed.
Percentage Of Time 10
Job Duty Category Stock Exam Rooms for Hospital
This position is responsible for stocking most exam rooms for the hospital. This position will monitor exam rooms at least weekly to ensure all medical items and pet treats are well stocked for daily use by all services. Some examples of items to be stocked by this position include exam gloves, syringes, needles, slides, gauze, blood collection tubes, medical tape, thermometer covers, lubricating jelly, and pet treats. Sharps containers will be monitored. Items not being stocked by this position include cleaning products or office supplies, such as paper towels, disinfectant spray, tissues, hand soap, markers, erasers, pens, etc…
Percentage Of Time 5
Job Duty Category Maintain Clean Work Environment
This position will be responsible for maintaining a clean working environment for SAIM students, staff and faculty in areas not maintained by the Animal Care Cleaning Team. This includes emptying trash and recycling containers, cleaning and decluttering countertops and workspaces, ensuring dishes are clean or thrown away in the sinks and refrigerators, and sweeping and mopping floors in the SAIM rounds rooms and technician’s office.
Percentage Of Time 5

Application Details

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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.
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