Behavioral Management Specialist

Req ID #:  111216

Ashland, OH, US, 44805

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 


Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 


As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   


Job Summary

Basic Summary:

In consultation with the veterinary and aniaml care staff, manage and implement the Animal Behavioral Management Program in accordance with regulatory expectations and professional standards.


  • For all species, ensure appropriate enrichments to the animals’ structural and social environments and provide opportunities for species-typical activities.
  • Work with the veterinary staff to assess/monitor colony behavioral health, and implement programs/treatments for animals needing special attention.
  • Oversee and coordinate the observation of animals and the reporting of behavioral abnormalities.
  • Perform behavioral assessments in response to reports of behavioral abnormalities.
  • Work with other departments to coordinate animal psychological/behavioral enrichment, including the acclimation and socialization of study animals.
  • Work closely with the veterinary and animal care staff to ensure proper animal care standards are maintained.
  • Monitor the ordering of fruit, enrichment foodstuffs and enrichment devices for the animals.
  • Manage the Behavioral Management Program budget.
  • Evaluate new enrichment devices and strategies for individually and socially housed animals.

Job Qualifications


  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Animal Science or related discipline.
  • Experience:  3-5 years related technical experience in a GLP laboratory facility, including 2 years experience working with non-human primates. Experience supervising preclinical studies and staff in a research environment preferred. Experience in conduct of GLP nonclinical studies preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  LAT required; LATG preferred
  • Other:  Knowledge of animal care and welfare standards as defined by AAALAC, USDA, IACUC and other regulatory agencies. Familiar with Animal Welfare Act. Computer literate. Ability to perform advanced level technical duties. Ability to organize, prioritize and meet deadlines.



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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.

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 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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