Animal Support Technician

Req ID #:  217445

Frederick, MD, US, 21701

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 looking for an Animal Support Technician to join our Insourcing Solutions team located in Bethesda, MD


How will you have an impact? 
This is the moment to use your talents and imagine those talents contributing to improving global health and peoples’ lives. In the AST role, you can do that by ensuring the health and well-being of all species on-site and assisting with technical procedures when necessary as well as the integrity of the research.  


Why work at Charles River?  
We offer an excellent onboarding program for our new employees, internal career development, and competitive benefits!  


What you will do! 
In this role, you will predominantly be performing cagewash/animal caretaker roles at various sites throughout the division. Duties might include tasks like daily animal observations and consumables checks, performing cage changes, providing environmental enrichment, and administering any treatments needed for a variety of animal species. You will effectively utilize existing SOPs and quality assurance standards to perform general housekeeping, as well as operate and maintain facility equipment, and assist with receipt, stocking, and maintenance of supply inventories. You may also be tasked with maintaining accurate animal health records; assisting supervisors or veterinarians with animal handling; receive, inspect, and house incoming animal shipments; assisting with breeding/weaning procedures; and possibly assist with more technical procedures (E.g. - blood/tissue collection, injections, surgical prep, anesthesia, and surgical assistance) and/or diagnostic services (E.g. – necropsy, health surveillance). You may also be asked to interact with customers on-site to take requests, handle inquiries, and collaborate on opportunities for improvement. 

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate would possess a B.S. in Animal Science, Biology, or Biological Science; with 6+ months’ experience with animal care and handling in a laboratory/similar environment desired. Alternately, candidates with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and 6+ months’ animal care experience will also be considered. Eligibility for AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level required upon eligibility. 


The pay for this position is $20.00 USD per hour.


If you are interested in contributing to the well-being of our communities, not only across the country but around the world, please join us and BE THE DIFFERENCE!

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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