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Veterinary Technician I – Equine Surgery

Colorado State University

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Working Title Veterinary Technician I – Equine Surgery
Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523
Does this position qualify for hybrid or remote work? No
Classification Title Veterinary Technology I
Posting Number 202300006P
Position Type State Classified
Open Date 01/06/2023
Close Date 01/23/2023
Salary $17.72 – $21.83 Hourly + 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 Part-time
State Classified Hourly Yes
Overtime Eligible
Description of Work Unit The Equine Surgery service unit is an integral part of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital which provides 24-hour, state-of-the-art surgery for all critically injured horses, as well as analysis of lameness and other medical concerns. The Equine Surgery unit instructs veterinary professional medical students, interns, and residents in surgery and in an outpatient setting with an emphasis on practical applications of surgery, emergency procedures, general surgery management, and non-surgical treatments for equine veterinary patients.
Position Summary This position supports the instruction of veterinary students, interns, residents, faculty, and less experienced staff in the care and treatment of all equine surgical cases at the hospital. This position requires extensive knowledge in related areas (i.e., surgical procedures, IV anesthesia, IV catheter placement, fluid treatment, sterile technique, patient positioning for surgical procedures, aseptic preparation, emergency care, radiology, handling and restraint of equine patients, and proper management of surgical instruments and equipment).
This position provides technical support for patient treatments such as: bandage changes, pre-operative care, operating room procedures, sterile technique, patient positioning, aseptic technique, aseptic patient preparation; post-operative care, IV catheter placement and care; injections (intramuscular, intravenous, and interarticular); the use, nomenclature, and preservations of surgical instruments and equipment; the handling and restraint of equine patients.
Minimum Qualifications An associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND one year of experience providing equine care in a veterinary setting. *Please note, a transcript must be attached with this application to demonstrate completion of the associate’s degree requirement.
Substitutions Two years of experience providing equine care in a veterinary setting will substitute for each year of required education.
A bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology will substitute for the associate’s degree and, at the agency’s discretion, the year of experience.
Preferred Qualifications n/a

Essential Job Duties

Duty/Responsibility Surgical procedures include, but are not limited to: Abdominal exploratory, fracture repair, wound debridement and closure, laser procedures, arthroscopic, laparoscopic, and endoscopic procedures; as well as various throat and dental procedures.
Circulating nurse duties; prepare and position patient for surgical procedure; this includes knowledge of surgical site, catheter placement, and pre-surgical scrub, set-up equipment and surgical instruments specific to procedure. Order, perform, and upload radiology procedures (RIS/PACS, arthroscopy, endoscopy). Instruct and implement the techniques needed for intra-operative radiographs, fluoroscopy, endoscopy; as well as arthroscopic and laparoscopic equipment. Maintain surgical sterile field, provide surgeon support, trouble shoot equipment when needed, and break down procedures room. Maintain and instruct students in the area of I.V. anesthesia during standing surgical procedures, as well as catheter placement beforehand.
Implement proper maintenance and knowledge of the operations of all surgical instruments and equipment by preforming daily inspections. Assemble all surgical suites by organizing, rotating, ordering and replacing depleted surgical supplies. Assess the cleanliness of all surgical suites and Outpatient for further usage and coordinates cleanup of contaminated surgeries and procedures. Implement proper maintenance and working knowledge of all equipment in surgery by performing preservation, attending to equipment failure and seeing to it that all repairs or replacement is carried out. Responsible for maintaining the proper amount of stocked items in outpatient, standing surgery, and surgical suites.
Outpatient duties include handling equine patients for evaluation and lameness exams, the moving of patients from stall to other areas for testing (radiology, surgery, ultrasound). This requires knowledge and experience in handling stallions, gelding, mares, and foals; with the knowledge of different behaviors and environmental hazards. Duties include preparation of nerve, and intra-articular joint injections; which includes knowledge an equine anatomy, injection sites, clipping, and aseptic preparation of the area. Responsible for patient restraint and safety during procedures, including twitching and/or chemical restraint. This requires the ability and knowledge to preform and teach I.V. injections. Preparation or supervision for the set-up of patient stalls with the proper bedding, feed, and water is also required.
Percentage Of Time 60%
Duty/Responsibility Supports service unit organization by managing available supplies with efficiency, while informing high level technicians of equipment issues or quantities needed for restocking, etc. within the service.
Accurate fee capture on all performed procedures and supplies used for each individual patient throughout the clinic day. Responsible for entering charges and ensuring accurate invoice entries for supplies used and surgery charges into Electronic Medical Record (EMR) across the surgery service by all support staff members.
Create fee estimates for procedures and surgical packages with accuracy, under the guidance of higher level technicians. Support clinician’s need to provide estimate to the client in advance of appointments or procedures, to uphold VTH financial policy. Uses the EMR correctly to record documentation.
Percentage Of Time 20%
Duty/Responsibility Student Instruction: Instruct and supervise professional Veterinary Medical Students, Interns, Residents, and Veterinary Technicians with intravenous catheter placement, operation room procedures, surgical clips, correct positioning of patient, and aseptically preparing surgical and injection sites. Supervise emergency procedures such as lacerations, acute fractures, abdominal centesis; and bandaging and cast application.
Student Laboratories: Assist in the coordination of professional Veterinary Medical student labs and research projects under the supervision of higher level technicians and by acquiring the needed surgical equipment; providing, collection, and preparation of laboratory specimens, and other necessary supplies. Responsible for handling and care of horses used in teaching laboratories. Provides instrumentation, equipment, analgesic medications, and anesthesia and for laboratories.
Percentage Of Time 10%
Duty/Responsibility Radiation:  Responsible for monitoring the radiation and biosecurity protocol in the Large Animal Surgery unit, ensuring  that everyone who enters and leaves surgery has maintained the rules and procedures implemented by the radiation control officers and biosecurity committee. Keep radiation exposure and contamination (ALARA – As Low As Reasonably Achievable) to a minimum.  Assess the surgical patient for intra operative radiographic study by determining the Kilovolt Peak (Kvp), Mass (MAs) and exposure time for the proper exposure for the surgical site needed.
RIS:  Supervise and implement surgical photographs and radiological images generated by arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and C-Arm.  Responsible for accurate use of the RISPACS software application modules, including Order Entry and Complete Exam modules, for accurate patient billing.  Responsible for accurate use of modality work lists, archiving exams after the procedure.   Responsible for the privacy and confidentiality of patient imaging records.
Biosecurity: This position is responsible for biosecurity awareness for which CSUVTH is the leading experts in the field.
Percentage Of Time 10%

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., Shift Work
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