Veterinary Technician II
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Aurora, Colorado

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Veterinary Technician II - 28497 University Staff

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Office of Laboratory Animal Research (OLAR)

Official Title: Veterinary Technician II

Position #00792948 - Requisition #28497

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

The University of Colorado has a requirement for COVID-19 vaccinations and full completion thereof by 9/1/21 or upon start date and boosters are required of all employees starting 1/24/2022. Information regarding this requirement, and exemptions can be found at:



Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

    Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons. Denver Campus - Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons. Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

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

A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., it is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient's bedside. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here.

Job Summary:

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:

CPSR Specific Veterinary Technician II Duties
    Serve as the primary personnel for running the Comparative Pathology Shared Resource (CPSR). CPSR's mission is to help researchers get more data by providing clinical pathology services, including hematology, blood chemistry, cytology, and urinalysis. Perform laboratory quality control and day to day machine maintenance to ensure machines are properly calibrated and functional. Maintain appropriate inventory of supplies for CPSR based on anticipated demand and specific project requirements. Consult with researchers on projects with support from veterinarians about how CPSR can help researchers accomplish project goals. Consultations may cover supplies and sample collection/preparation. Assist researchers with result interpretation, as requested, with assistance from veterinarians. Help market CPSR's services internally to recruit new customers Work with OLAR admin and others to create CPSR annual cost study

Other Veterinary Technician II General Duties:
    Operate as a lead technician by coordinating activities of other veterinary technicians, particularly those related to CPSR, and may also include training (to include OLAR staff, research personnel and students). Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate projects assigned that involve leading others within the veterinary group and from other groups within OLAR. Examples could include CPSR collection methods and processes
Provide 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. Evaluate established work processes for inefficiencies and inconsistencies, such as animal ordering or surgery scheduling. Recommend and implement 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, and 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. Perform all other duties as assigned.
This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

Minimum Requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with an associate's degree in veterinary/animal health technology or medical laboratory technology with at least 2 years experience in a research animal facility working in a technical capacity with animals.

SUBSTITUTION: A combination of work experience working in a medical laboratory, 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 or be able to obtain one within 30 days from hire Must be willing and able to wear appropriate respiratory protection

NOTE: This position has been designated as essential personnel, "Subject to call 24 hours per day, seven days per week" and may be required to carry a pager. Position may also be required to "Stay over late" or "Come in early" to "Cover" shifts, as needed and may be required to respond to any emergencies as needed. If hired, you will be required to provide effective off-hours phone contact info for emergency call-in purposes.

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

Salary and Benefits

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $44,000 - $53,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty, and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

This position is not eligible for overtime compensation.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at​.

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.

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
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) Questions should be directed to: Maria Montero at Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at This position will be open until filled, however priority will be given to applicants that apply on or before February 3, 2022.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 20388 - CSA-VCR OLAR CLAC Operations

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 20, 2022

Unposting Date: Ongoing Position Number: 00723594

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