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Veterinary Technician I, II, III - Open Pool

Fort Collins, CO

At the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Veterinary Health System, we exist to educate the next generation of veterinarians by providing exceptional veterinary care and service to the community…every day.


This work unit exists to provide a variety of support services to all Veterinary Health System (VHS) specialty and general practice medical sections including Urgent Care and Critical Care to facilitate treatments, diagnostic tests, as well as routine and emergency surgeries while instructing professional veterinary students, interns, residents, visiting veterinarians and technicians in the principles and practice of veterinary medicine. The work unit provides the highest standard of care related to assessment and treatment to the diverse patient population. The work unit supports all areas of VHS, including TMI, JFEH, ASH, livestock hospital, ERL, and the future Primary Care Clinic. More information can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc_zsPyRY-Y

Position SummaryThis series describes technical support work in the field of veterinary medicine. Positions in the series provide patient care and treatment involving the application of the technical practices of veterinary medicine.


Technical duties typically include preparing patients and operating rooms for procedures; positioning patients and assisting during surgery; administering anesthetic agents to large and small animal patients in both routine and emergency settings; performing technical aspects of diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation and surgical techniques; monitoring health and treatment of assigned patients and intervening or providing emergency treatment as patient conditions warrant; providing critical care nursing; and/or providing health services through a specialized unit or program. The work often involves providing instruction and demonstration to veterinary care professionals, technicians and students; and, collecting and maintaining patient, clinic, research, and program data and records.


The different position level(s) require escalating levels of experience in the understanding and application of concepts and experience in a veterinary care environment. Required qualification, rank and salary determined by specific position to be filled.


Veterinary Technician I

An associate degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND one year of experience assisting in animal medicinal care, administering anesthesia to animals and/or performing veterinary surgery.


Vet Tech I substitutions:

Two years of experience as defined by the department 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 degree and, at the agency’s discretion, the year of experience.


Veterinary Technician II

An associate degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND two years of experience assisting in animal medicinal care, administering anesthesia to animals and/or performing veterinary surgery.


Vet Tech II substitutions:

Two years of experience as defined by the department 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 degree and, at the agency’s discretion, the two years of experience.


Veterinary Technician III

An associate degree from an accredited college or university in veterinary/animal health technology AND three years of experience assisting in animal medicinal care, administering anesthesia to animals and/or performing veterinary surgery.


Vet Tech III substitutions:

Two years of experience as defined by the department 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 degree and, at the agency’s discretion, the three years of experience.


A signing bonus and/or moving expenses may be considered for successful candidates.


$39,720 - $67,584 (salary is commensurate with level, experience and qualifications)

Colorado State University is 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 eligible employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ and https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/. To see the value of CSU benefits in addition to wages, visit our compensation calculator – https://hr.colostate.edu/total-compensation-calculator/.