Director, Animal Welfare

Req ID #:  103078


For 70 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

Reporting to the Corporate Vice President, Global Animal Welfare, this position directly supports corporate driven animal welfare and 3Rs initiatives related to responsible animal use, care and production across global business units. This position will support Animal Welfare Specialists across sites and will act as a key contact for animal-welfare related issues.

Essential Duties:

  • Support implementation of Charles River’s Humane Care Imperative program to ensure an awareness of the importance of the humane and ethical care and use of research animals in all activities conducted by business units working with or producing animals across Charles River’s global structure
  • Develop, analyze, and manage day-to-day animal welfare risk management tools and prepare reports and summaries
  • Develop internal policies and procedures to support corporate animal welfare risk management
  • Evaluate and report on animal welfare trends within and between business units over time
  • Support development of animal welfare-related training materials, including internal workshops and animal welfare networks, webinars, and training shorts
  • Assist with conducting site visits to evaluate programs and procedures, as well as facilities and equipment
  • Support the roles of the Animal Welfare Specialists and the Animal Welfare Teams at sites working with animals
  • Collaborate with various stakeholders to discuss, investigate, prioritize, and monitor uptake of new and ongoing animal welfare and 3Rs initiatives
  • Develop, support, and present animal welfare- and 3Rs-related content for external audiences
  • Participate in internal animal welfare-related studies and information-sharing to determine best practices
  • Direct management and mentoring of one or more direct report(s)

Job Qualifications

Education: Doctoral degree in veterinary medicine (DVM, VMD, BVSc). Additional training in animal welfare or toxicology an asset.

Experience: 5-7 years’ experience working in a research program with a wide range of species.

Certification/Licensure: Current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state or province. Board certification in Laboratory Animal Medicine required (i.e., ACLAM or ECLAM). Board certification in Animal Welfare an asset (i.e., ACAW or ECAWBM (AWSEL))

Other: Demonstrated expert knowledge in regulatory oversight for research animals and expert knowledge of enrichment, behavioral management, and animal welfare for a range of research animal species. Excellent communication, leadership, and team skills with sensitivity to animals and people. Demonstrated skills in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, analysis (e.g., Power BI), and presentation software.

About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.


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 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.


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