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Veterinary Technology II - Anesthesia

Colorado State University
Job Location:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Veterinary Medicine
Position Location
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Classification Title
Veterinary Technology II

Posting Number: 202100147P

Position Type: State Classified

Open Date

Close Date: 08/09/2021

$3,481/Month + 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.

Full/Part Time: Full-time

State Classified Hourly

Description of Work Unit

Our mission is to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community...every day. This work unit exists to anesthetize animals for general maintenance (dental work, cast application, etc.); diagnostic tests (physical exams, endoscopic exams, etc.); and for routine and emergency surgeries. The department also instructs veterinary students, visiting veterinarians and technicians on the principles and practice of veterinary anesthesia by allowing students to anesthetize clinical animals, and guiding the students through preanesthetic patient evaluation, the choice of anesthetic agents, and the process of monitoring the anesthetized patient.

Position Summary

This position provides anesthesia for clinical cases and instructs junior and senior veterinary students as they apply the principles learned in lecture to a clinical setting. The technician position also facilitates the function of the anesthesia by organizing and controlling the daily surgery schedule, repairing and replacing equipment, stocking, and cleaning the area. This position has a flexible daytime schedule and is cross trained in all areas of the Anesthesia service (i.e. large and small animal and research and Continuing Education).

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's degree from an accredited institution in a veterinary technology or animal science AND two years of experience working in a veterinary setting, one year of which must have included working in anesthesiology. Note: Official or unofficial transcripts are required to confirm course work and/ or degree


Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies (e.g. knowledge, skills, abilities, other personal characteristics, etc.) which have been outlined as essential to performing successfully in this position: - Demonstrated experience providing anesthesia to a variety of species in emergency situations. - Demonstrated experience providing anesthesia to a variety of species scheduled for elective procedures. - Demonstrated experience working in a team environment. - Ability to maintain a positive attitude and a proactive approach in a fast-paced environment. - Genuine desire to provide care for animals with a compassionate, kind approach. - Ability to remain calm and focused in emergency situations. - Demonstrated customer service skills. - High-level attention to detail. - Organizational skills. - Verbal communication skills and the desire to train/teach others technical processes and procedures. - Experience using veterinary scheduling and billing software/systems. - Demonstrated experience using proper restraint techniques. - Demonstrated experience following DEA regulations.

Job Duty Category: Anesthesia Planning/Management


Evaluates patients (small, large, and exotic animals) and completes a safe anesthetic plan based on physical, objective, subjective, and history. Premedicates, induces, and maintains general anesthesia whenever necessary. Strives to provide state of the art patient management throughout the perioperative phases. Interacts with clinicians and technicians throughout the hospital to coordinates and control the daily surgery schedule.

Percentage Of Time: 30

Job Duty Category: Teaching/Student Oversight


Instructs Jr. & Sr PVM students and FRCC veterinary technician interns by guiding their management of pre-op, intra-op, and post-operative complications (i.e. organ failure, blood loss, hypotension, arrhythmias, respiratory compromise, and pain management). Responds to anesthetic emergencies by evaluating patient parameters and initiating appropriate lifesaving treatments (i.e. cardiopulmonary resuscitation, inotropes, and defibrillation). Supports Jr. & Sr PVM students and FRCC veterinary technician interns by guiding their selection and application of anesthetic agents in clinical patients, based on assessment of patient status through evaluation of lab work, radiographs, and direct exam. Iniates supportive teaching methods to enhance students' self-esteem.

Percentage Of Time: 30

Job Duty Category: Patient Care/Restraint


Conducts patient handling and restraint. This includes small, large, and exotic animals. They will need to retrieve patients from the hospital wards, critical care, and/or the barn when needed for anesthesia. Proper restraint facilitates I.V. catheter placement, pre-anesthetic evaluation/monitor placement, and recovery associated with anesthesia. Provides approved and safely handling of controlled substances (i.e. morphine, ketamine, etc.). Complies with DEA laws and appropriate documentation of controlled substances on a daily basis.

Percentage Of Time: 30

Job Duty Category: Data Entry/Quality Control


Scans anesthetic records, enters charges for anesthetic cases and stocks and cleans the anesthesia area as needed. Cross trained to support all areas of anesthesia (SA, LA clinics, Research, and CE labs).

Percentage Of Time: 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION * 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.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS * 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.
RESUMES * 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. NOTES * 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 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). DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION * 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., On-call Status - May have to carry a pager and be on-call after regular working hours, including weekends and holidays, Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - Chemotherapy agents and Radioactive agents (PET Scans)

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 Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

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. 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.

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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