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Animal Care Technician III

Req ID #:  38667

Boston, MA, US, 02118



Observe, monitor and document the health and physical environment within the client’s animal facility. Perform animal care and husbandry, including receiving, cage wash duties and sanitation.  Provides in-vivo technical support to multiple research departments.



  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SLPs and training pertaining to laboratory animals and staff safety.
  • Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations. Perform animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SLP and/or specified protocols. 
  • May support scientists with dosing, tissue and sample collection, monitoring/scoring as needed
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the husbandry staff on operations and facility issues.  Specific responsibilities include investigating operational issues, including gathering information and details, compiling the information, and submitting/presenting it along with recommendation(s) for resolution of the situation/issue.  Provide training to new hires in the duties and responsibilities of animal care and facility operations. 
  • Capable to changing 1000 complete cage set-ups on a weekly basis.
  • Manages own work to ensure that agreed targets are met in a timely manner and to agreed quality standards and welfare.  May work with customers in developing schedules
  • Perform daily cage wash duties and sanitation.  Follows sanitization schedules within vivarium.
  • Provide basic start up and shut down procedures on equipment (cage washer, autoclave, water production)
  • Perform quality assurance measures (temperature temps, watering testing, BIs, RODAC and/or ATP monitoring) and maintain such records.
  • Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing including for any support areas.
  • Assist with restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as needed.
  • Dispose of animal carcasses following established procedures.
  • Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas.
  • Receive, inspect and house incoming animals.
  • Use applicable software for the tracking of animals including census and generation of cage cards.
  • May be involved in maintaining and following breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels. Able to manage multiple breeding colonies.
  • Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures.
  • Maintain required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.



  • Education:   Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) in animal or life sciences field required. 
  • Experience: 3 or more years related animal care and handling experience required in combination with facility and equipment knowledge
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the LAT level preferred.  



Job Summary

Cares for the animals used in research and development studies. Performs duties related to the maintenance of experimental animals such as feeding and caring for animals, cleaning cages, holding animals for treatment by laboratory technician or maintaining inventory and animal identification records. Performs cleaning/sanitation of animal facility and equipment. Responsible for bio-safety and bio-security of the animals. May partner with pre-clinical investigators to assist and support veterinarians with surgery, dosing, post-op care and monitoring of animal studies.

About Research Models & Services
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond.


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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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