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Colorado State University IMCU After-Hours Lead, Veterinary Technician II in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title IMCU After-Hours Lead, Veterinary Technician II

Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523

Classification Title Veterinary Technology II

Posting Number 202100182P

Position Type State Classified

Open Date 07/09/2021

Close Date 07/26/2021

Salary $3,481 monthly + 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: (%20 and

Full/Part Time Full-time

State Classified Hourly No

Overtime Eligible

Description of Work Unit

The Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado States exists to provide exceptional veterinary care and service to the community while educating the next generation of veterinarians at a tertiary level teaching hospital. The Intermediate Care Unit is an integral part of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital which provides 24/7 state-of-the-art post-operative care, outpatient recovery and hospitalization.

Position Summary

This Veterinary Technologist II works with VTH personnel to provide technical and nursing support to IMCU patients. The position admits patients, assists with anesthesia recovery, administers medication and treatments as directed by the VTH primary clinician. This position instructs veterinary technician students, technicians, and veterinary students working in IMCU as needed. The Veterinary Technologist II functions as a work leader/senior staff on the after-hours shift, providing mentorship, clinical support, and workflow guidance while on duty.

Note to Applicants: This position will work four-10 hours shifts, with the hours being 12:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. The days of the shift rotate every two months, but will generally cover weekdays with one weekend shift/week.

Minimum Qualifications

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


Three years of experience as described above will substitute for each year of the 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


  • Provide care to IMCU patients recovering from anesthesia and surgery, and patients who are hospitalized for fluid therapy, medical treatment or boarding.

  • Administer fluids, antibiotics, and medications as ordered by the primary clinician.

  • Monitor patient’s vital signs, observe/recognize changes in patient status.

  • Properly perform medical treatments on hospitalized patients, assists with clinical procedures, and direct patient care.

  • Accurately performs basic drug calculations.

  • Demonstrate caring behavior with all patients at all times.

  • Work in communication with the Primary VTH DVM and PVM student assigned to the IMCU patient. This position ensures the patient’s readiness for discharge from IMCU .

    Percentage Of Time 60%

    Job Duty Category Communication with VTH Personnel


  • Communicate patient status as needed with the primary clinician.

  • Practice and promotes prompt, positive, professional interpersonal relations and communications at all times.

    Percentage Of Time 10%

    Job Duty Category Lead Responsibilities/Unit Operations


  • Provide after-hours lead hospital support and facilitates patient admission.

  • Guide workflow for the after-hours shift, mentor veterinary technician I’s, and assist in staff training.

  • Prioritize cases and procedures; ensures completion and documentation of treatments; monitors and enforces policies and procedures (including biosecurity and controlled substance regulations).

  • Maintain supplies, equipment, and facility.

  • Enter patient charges into computer, completes treatment sheets, observation sheets, communications sheets, clinicians’ orders, and the medical record.

  • Ensure all charges are recorded in an accurate and timely manner.

    Percentage Of Time 20%

    Job Duty Category Maintain Service Area


  • Responsible for cleaning and general upkeep of IMCU during their shift.

  • Change patient bedding, cleans kennels, and work areas as needed.

  • Submit work orders as needed.

    Percentage Of Time 10%

    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: Required experience is based on a full time (40hrs/wk) work schedule. 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.

  • All status updates for this position will be sent via email from, OR the Employment Consultant facilitating the search process. 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., Shift Work

    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 (*).

    • 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

    • 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

    • This position will work four-10 hours shifts, with the hours being 12:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. The days of the shift rotate every two months, but will generally cover weekdays with one weekend shift/week. Are you willing and able to work this rotating schedule?
  • Yes

  • No

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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)

    • 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

  • Unofficial Transcripts

  • Veteran DD214 Form (Member-4) (For State Classified searches ONLY)

  • License/Certification