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Senior Veterinary Technician (Vet Tech III)

  • Req ID #: 222521_en_US
  • Bethesda, MD, US
  • 1st
  • Full time

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For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary


We are seeking an experienced Senior Veterinary Technician to join our Insourcing Solutions team, located in Bethesda, MD


As the Senior Veterinary Technician, you will utilize your broad general knowledge of existing and proposed laws, regulations, and guidelines affecting the care and use of animals – and your competence in lab animal science husbandry, technical procedures, and facility management – to work closely with Clinical Veterinarians to perform daily health assessments of colonies, clinical observations, and health examinations of sick animals, as well as administer prescribed treatments, in addition to intermediate animal husbandry tasks.


Additional responsibilities include: 

  • Provide environmental enrichment feed and other enrichment stimuli and/or behavioral assessments and, based off training, may provide technical assistance to non-human primates. 
  • Provide technical support (e.g., animal handling and restraint, weaning, tail snips, ear tagging, blood and other tissues sample collection, injections, treatments, dosage calculations, surgical preparation, pre-, peri-, and post-operative observations) and assist with research procedures, as well as weaning and genotype sample collection. 
  • Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, housing or support areas, and cleaning and sanitation of animal facilities and equipment. 
  • Participate in interviewing process for new hire of technical staff and provide technical support and training to coworkers as needed. Assist with QA (Quality Assurance) of technical staff in designated areas. 
  • Review, comprehend, and comply with all SOPs and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific areas.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum requirements related to the Senior Veterinary Technician position: 

  • High school diploma or GED 
  • BS degree in Animal Science, Biology, or similar discipline; or AA in Veterinary Technology preferred 
  • At least five years’ experience working with animals in medical research 
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in a technical role 
  • Eligibility to take the LATG certification exam required 

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for what is listed.  


The pay range for this position is $27 to $31 USD per hour.  Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.


About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer – all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected]. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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