Veterinary Technology II

Aurora, CO
Oct 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Office of Animal Laboratory Research (OLAR)

Veterinary Technology II (Vet Tech II)

Position #740384 - Requisition 11435

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The Office of Animal Laboratory Research (OLAR) has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Veterinary Technology II position.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

Nature of Work:

Provide routine and specialized care for a wide variety of species of large and small laboratory animals which are used by scientists for biomedical research and education in the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Consult with research personnel to accommodate any investigator needs such as: scheduling use of procedure rooms and/or surgical rooms to research personnel; reserving of equipment needed by research personnel (anesthesia table, scales, etc.); providing technical services upon request of research personnel examples include: individualized training sessions; assistance with anesthesia (induction and monitoring of both large and small animals); organ, blood and tissue collection; administering experimental agents; animal euthanasia; collection of postmortem tissues for evaluation; surgical assistance; etc.].
  • Operate as a lead technician by coordinating activities of other veterinary technicians which may include training (to include OLAR staff, research personnel and students), activities in the surgical area, and investigator research procedures.
  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate projects assigned that involves leading others within the veterinary group and from other groups within OLAR. Examples could include environmental bacteriological monitoring, inventory management, and training.
  • Evaluate established work processes for inefficiencies and inconsistencies, such as animal ordering or sentinel collection. Recommend and implement assessable solutions.
  • Monitor the progress of the assigned work area by ensuring that all SOPs are being followed.
  • Assist the Veterinary Technician Supervisor with the schedule and coordination to ensure that everything at one facility gets done on the correct day. Assign and adjust coverage for their assigned area to accommodate employee absences.
  • Mentor/train others regarding all aspects of this position, provide input into areas covered by performance plans, and provide feedback to supervisor to prepare evaluations.
  • Make recommendations as to how the veterinary technician area will operate to include when additional staff coverage is needed, more efficient procedures (animal and technical), and changes to forms used daily at work.
  • Monitor and maintain any animal housing areas and support rooms assigned to include performing veterinary checks, triaging animal health issues, and performing treatments of animals as directed by a veterinarian or as described in the IACUC protocol.
  • Communicate with research personnel regarding animal health issues.
  • Perform physical examinations on large animals.
  • Perform audits to ensure appropriate documentation of all veterinary activities is conducted and maintained to include animal health records, treatment sheets, anesthesia records, sick or injured animal records.
  • Create charge sheets for support provided to research personnel.
  • Perform diagnostic laboratory evaluations and tests in the areas of hematology, parasitology, serology, microbiology, cytology, and clinical pathology.
  • Perform proper techniques for: sample collection, handling of diagnostic samples and equipment (examples include: parasitology sample collection and evaluation; serology sample collection and shipment to various diagnostic laboratories; creating diagnostic reports; filing of all diagnostic related paperwork; and the "Sentinel" program) of the work unit. Create diagnostic records and billing for appropriate tech time spent on diagnostic services.
  • Monitor and perform diagnostic testing involved in the transfer of animals between facilities or rooms within OLAR facilities.
  • Consult with a veterinarian regarding treatments and euthanasia and perform treatments as prescribed.
  • Make judgments about treating animals without permission (from the investigator) in an "emergency" situation or after communication attempts (with the investigator) have been repeatedly unsuccessful while working under the authority of a veterinarian.
  • Drive a university vehicle occasionally as needed.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or the hiring range) for this position has been established at $31,000 to $47,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at


Minimum Qualifications:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree in veterinary/animal health technology with at least 1 year experience in a research animal facility working in a technical capacity with animals.

Substitution: A combination of work experience assisting in animal surgery, administering anesthesia to animals and/or performing veterinary surgery, which provided the same type, amount, and level of knowledge acquired in the required education may substitute for the associate's degree.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to frequently lift and carry 50 lbs
  • Must be willing and able to euthanize large and small animals
  • Must be willing and able to sit, stand, walk and reach above shoulders on a constant basis
  • Must be willing able to work around noise and vibrations
  • Must be willing and able to work straight or rotating shifts, weekends and holidays.
  • Must be willing and able to work around hazardous chemicals
  • Must possess and maintain a current State of Colorado Driver's License
  • Must be willing and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, in English
  • Ability to enter data in a database and manage an email account
  • Ability to handle rodents
  • Ability to perform anesthesia on animals
  • Knowledge of an animal research facility
  • Ability to maintain an activity log
  • Ability to work with complex machinery
  • Planning and organization skills
  • Mechanical and physical ability
  • Able to teach and lead others by example

Special Instructions to Applicants:Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references)

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Application deadline is October 20th, 2017.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20388 - CSA-VCR OLAR CLAC Operations

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 12, 2017

Closing Date: Oct 20, 2017, 10:59:00 PM

Posting Contact Name: Maria Montero

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00740384


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