Veterinary Technician

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Veterinary Technician - 7601
Pay Grade 410
Entry Hourly Rate 17.56
Job Category Merit

Posting Details

Posting Number 80029M
Position Title Veterinary Technician
Advertised Employing Department Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center
Work Unit
Base of Employment E - Merit (paid monthly)
Appointment Type Merit Permanent
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Shift 1st
Work Schedule

This position works varied daytime hours.

On call hours will be required.

Number of Hours per Week 40
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University is accepting applications for certified Veterinary Technicians at the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center (LVMC). The LVMC provides specialized care and comprehensive medical and surgical services for companion animals throughout Iowa and surrounding states. Our clinicians, residents and interns, technicians, staff, and senior veterinary students work in teams to provide 24-hour, state-of-the-art care to animal patients.

This position provides care and assistance to patients under the supervision of Clinicians and House Officers at the Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center. Responsibilities include supervising and assisting students to complete tasks and develop daily planning for the service. This position will also cross train with other technician positions throughout the hospital and fill in if needed in other areas.

The successful candidate will possess multi-tasking skills to manage patients and students, demonstrate attention to detail for managing cases, and possess excellent communication skills to effectively interact with patients, clients, referring veterinarians, faculty, interns and residents, and staff members.

Basic veterinary technician skills are expected, including but not limited to, venipuncture, peripheral intravenous catheter placement, performing basic physical exams, knowledge of appropriate species normal vitals, and appropriate animal restraint. Some familiarity with the common veterinary equipment such as blood pressure monitors, EKG machines, and gas anesthesia machines are also necessary. Some exposure to the more advanced skills such as urinary catheter placement, more developed triage skills, challenging patient restraint ability, multiple site capability for IVC placement, etc.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Qualifications

1. Associates degree in a veterinary technology program from an accredited institution, and
2. Successful completion of the veterinary technician certification, registration, or license within one year of the start date.

Special Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications

- Veterinary Technician experience working in Anesthesia
- Clinical experience with small and large animal services.
- Experience with Microsoft Office
- Academic experience working with animals
- Experience within a veterinary practice and/or research related facility as a veterinary technician.
- Strong communication skills dealing with a variety of constituents
- Record keeping experience, such as inventory, treatment sheets, lab logs, equipment, etc.
- Supervisory experience
- Laboratory experience with PCV, TP, chemistries, etc.
- Experience with equipment monitors, such as IV pumps, syringe pumps, Pulse Ox, Doppler’s, ECG units, etc.
-Animal husbandry experience to include overall care and/or nutrition of animals.
-Experience with medical technical procedures, such as, IV’s or urinary catheter placement, venipuncture, etc.

Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information
Department Contact Name Melissa Tritsch
Department Contact Phone
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

Apply for this position by clicking “Apply for this Job” and completing the Merit Application. Please be prepared to enter details about your education and work history.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 03/04/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Veterinary Technician Specialist
Certification as a Veterinary Technician

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please comment on your clinical experience in Anesthesia.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please provide details of your clinical experience with small and large animal services.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please describe your experience working with Microsoft Office.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please comment on your experience working with animals in an academic environment (employment, intern).

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe your experience within a veterinary practice and/or research related facility as a veterinary technician.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * This position will regularly communicate with a wide variety of constituents. Please describe your experience that demonstrates your communication skills (written, oral, electronic).

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Please comment on your experience, training or skills in recordkeeping (inventory, treatment sheets, lab logs, equipment, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Please describe your supervisory experience that includes working with student employees.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. * Please comment on your experience, training or skills in Laboratory skills (PCV, TP, chemistries, etc.):

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Please comment on your experience or training that demonstrates your skills with equipment monitors (IV pumps, syringe pumps, Pulse Ox, Doppler's, ECG units, etc.).

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Please describe your experience, training or skills in animal husbandry (overall care, nutrition, etc.)

    (Open Ended Question)

  12. * Please provide detailed information on your experience with medical technical procedures, including IV's or urinary catheter placement, venipuncture, etc.

    (Open Ended Question)

  13. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  14. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
Optional Documents