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Veterinary Technology I - Livestock Medicine and Surgery (Overnight, w/ shift differential)
Description of Work Unit
At the CSU VTH, we exist to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community every day. The Livestock Medicine and Surgery unit is an integral part of the Company Veterinary Teaching Hospital which provides state of the art veterinary medical services to domestic and exotic livestock species including cattle, sheep, goats, swine, llamas and alpacas.
This position provides technical and nursing support to the Livestock Medicine and Surgery patients and VTH clinicians, students, and clients primarily. This position triages emergencies, provides nursing care to hospitalized patients, recovers post-operative patients, and communicates with the Livestock Medicine and Surgery team on patient concerns. This position also instructs junior/senior professional veterinary students. In some circumstances, this position may provide support for other VTH service areas during times of heavy caseload or staffing need.
An Associate’s degree from an accredited institution in veterinary medicine/animal health technology, AND
One year of veterinary technician experience in any species, or livestock handling and health care experience.
Two years of experience assisting in the direct care of livestock patients or two years of undergraduate credits in animal science or similar field will substitute for the two year Associate degree requirement.
Note: If using experience to meet the minimum qualifications a total of three years of experience is required (full-time equivalent, part-time experience is calculated.)
The highly desired candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, abilities, personal characteristics, and experience directly related and critical to this position:
Knowledge of proper holding and restraints related to livestock animals.
Ability to maintain attention to detail with work product and tasks.
Demonstrated experience remaining calm and collected in stressful situations.
Ability to identify animals in pain or discomfort and report findings to upper-level staff.
Desire and willingness to demonstrate and share information on technical procedures, technique, or processes to others.
Ability to maintain composure and provide assistance to patients undergoing surgery or receiving treatment for traumatic injuries.
Verbal communication skills that foster teamwork and collaboration.
Clear and concise written communication skills.
Flexibility and willingness to go above and beyond duties of the position to support the overall success of the VTH.
Assist in providing clinical support to the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service Patients under the direction of the senior staff, interns, residents and clinicians.
Proper restraint of patients without injury to patient, self, or others.
Properly and effectively triage all Livestock Medicine and Surgery patients communicate concerns to senior nurses, interns, residents, or clinicians.
Ability to perform proficiently the nursing skills for this level.
Able to perform venipuncture and assist with catheter placements.
Accurately perform basic drug calculations.
Able to observe and recognize changes in patient status.
Properly perform medical treatments on hospitalized patients, assist with clinical procedures and direct patient care.
Must demonstrate caring behavior with all patients.
Instruct professional veterinary students and veterinary technician interns.
Role model teamwork as a congenial member of the Livestock Medicine and Surgery and VTH team.
Provide assistance to interns, residents, students, faculty, and co-workers.
Assist students in learning various techniques, protocols, and procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge of medical documentation to include electronic medical record, treatment sheets, observation sheets, communication sheets, clinicians’ orders, and the medical record.
Obtain strong working knowledge of the billing system and ensure that all charges for all procedures are recorded in an accurate and timely manner for all Livestock Medicine and Surgery patients.
Visually inspect all patients before discharges.
Complete all necessary paperwork (i.e. Controlled Drug form and drug disposition form).
Maintain the professional function and appearance of the work areas by stocking, organizing and cleaning.
Maintain all equipment within rooms.
Check drugs and supplies for expiration date and stock supplies when needed.
Hose and disinfect floors/rooms/equipment if needed
Empty trash cans and laundry daily as needed
Submit work orders to supervisor to ensure proper repairs are made
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.
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 ___@___(apply_to_show_email), 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 Company website
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Company
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.
Company 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 ___@___(apply_to_show_email) or call (970) 491- MyHR(6947).
DEPARTMENT CONTACT INFORMATION
Please check the Help link online at Company website/ for assistance on your application or for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
All other inquiries should be directed to the Company Human Resources Office (970) 491- MyHR(6947).
Conditions of Employment
Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Essential Services Designation - Required to report without delay or interruption to provide essential or emergency. , Shift Work - This is an overnight position, typically hours falling between 10:00p.m. - 8:00a.m., On-call Status - Need to come in for emergency call back if requested by clinician, may be asked to sign up for on-call shifts during difficult staffing times., Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - Virkon, acids and alkaline, with training provided. , Use of Firearms or Other Weapons - captive bolt gun, with training provided. , Special Requirements/Other - Must be willing and able to become a certified Fortlift Operator, with training provided.
Company 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. Company 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
Company (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 Company website.
A standard appeal form is available at: Company website. 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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