If you’re passionate about caring for animals, great at communicating with co-workers and customers, and enthusiastic about a career in veterinary medicine, we want to talk to you! We’re hiring for the position described below.

Certified Veterinary Technician

The Certified Veterinary Technician will be responsible for inpatient care; surgical monitoring; dental procedures (within the allowable limits provided by the law in Colorado); radiology; sample collection and diagnostics; and client services. We are looking for applicants who have a strong work ethic and want to practice at the highest level of their abilities. Our doctors take the time with the clients and staff to explain procedures, and we expect our staff to practice the same level of caring communication in dealing with clients. Salary for the Certified Veterinary Technician position is commensurate with experience.

Benefits

Columbine Animal Hospital employees receive comprehensive benefits including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K option with employer contribution
  • Group medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage
  • CE allowance
  • Employee pet discount
  • Growth potential

Working Conditions

The Certified Veterinary Technician job requires a 32-40 hour work week, with possible intermittent weekends, holidays, overtime and/or evening work. Compliance with hospital safety and employee policy manual is expected. The Certified Veterinary Technician will have frequent contact with clients and patients in a fast-paced and changing work environment. He/she must be comfortable working around sick, injured, or unruly animals in an environment where the noise level can be moderate to very loud. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand: walk: use hands and fingers to reach or feel: climb, balance, stoop, kneel or, crouch. The employee must be able to lift up to 35-40 lbs. unassisted and up to over 100 lbs. with assistance.

Qualifications Desired:

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Current CVT license in the state of Colorado or license in another state with ability to transfer
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and technical skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and stay calm in a high volume and potentially stressful environment
  • Demonstrates professionalism and good judgment
  • Regular and timely attendance is required
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Veterinary Assistant

The Veterinary Assistant will have responsibilities in multiple aspects of the hospital’s operations, including animal care and treatment, customer service, and housekeeping duties. The Veterinary Assistant will play a significant role in aiding the staff’s Veterinary Technicians in daily clinical operations and supporting the needs of the team during medical procedures. We are looking for applicants who have a strong work ethic and want to practice at the highest level of their abilities. This position reports to the Practice Manager and will also receive direction from the doctors, Veterinary Technicians, and the Medical Director. Tasks assigned to the Veterinary Assistant may include:

  • Providing compassionate care to patients and clients.
  • Conducting oneself in a confident and professional manner even when stressed and/or focused on individual tasks.
  • Legibly keeping accurate medical records in accordance hospital policy.
  • Preparing and maintaining the exam rooms and treatment areas.
  • Performing physical assessments; record observations legibly in files or computer.
  • Effectively restraining patients, even when large or difficult.
  • Knowledge of all common vaccines and vaccination protocols and can explain to clients in a professional manner.
  • Understanding the importance of a clean and orderly facility, does not hesitate to clean or organize as part of a normal job duty.
  • Maintaining positive, cooperative relationships with other employees.
  • Preparing estimates for procedures and discuss financial commitments with clients supporting hospital financial policies.
  • Explaining all necessary follow-up and homecare instructions.
  • Properly caring for all surgical materials and equipment; keep the operating room properly stocked and prepared for surgery.
  • Setting up clinical laboratory procedures such as fecal flotation exams, heartworm checks, skin scrapings, urinalysis, ear cytology and fungal cultures; maintains file of lab test results and ensures that test results are recorded in patient records.
  • Knowledge of appropriate patient positioning for radiographs. Taking radiographs.
  • Understanding the use and care of IV pumps.
  • Admitting patients following hospital policy and doctors written orders.
  • Discharging patients based on the veterinarian’s orders, ensuring that patients are well groomed and in a medically appropriate state.
  • Performing other duties as assigned including assisting in other areas.

Benefits

Columbine Animal Hospital employees receive comprehensive benefits including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • 401K option with employer contribution
  • Group medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage
  • CE allowance
  • Employee pet discount
  • Growth potential

Job Requirments

The Veterinary Assistant will have frequent contact with clients and patients in a fast-paced and changing work environment. He/she must be comfortable working around sick, injured, or unruly animals in an environment where the noise level can be moderate to very loud. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand: walk: use hands and fingers to reach or feel: climb, balance, stoop, kneel or, crouch. Compliance with hospital safety and employee policy manual is expected. The employee must be able to lift up to 30 lbs. unassisted.

Qualifications Desired:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of 18 years old.
  • Previous on-the-job training desirable, but not required
  • Previous animal care background is desirable, but not required
  • Ability to spell, alphabetize, and perform basic mathematics
  • Basic competency and comfort using computers and standard office technology
  • Excellent communication, leadership, and customer service skills
  • Ability to take direction, retain information, and ask questions when clarification is needed
  • Understanding of (or ability to quickly learn) basic medical terminology and minor, routine veterinary procedures
  • Ability to recognize certain predictive behaviors in animals
  • Ability to work under pressure and stay calm in a high volume and potentially stressful environment
  • Demonstrates professionalism and good judgment
  • Regular and timely attendance is required
  • Genuinely enjoys working with animals and is able to deal with them even when stressed, ill or in pain.
  • Can remain calm and efficient during a medical crisis.
  • Can support and be a part of teamwork; works well with all levels of hospital team members.
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