Rodent Veterinary Technician - Position includes a $2000 Signing Bonus

Req ID #:  138771

Boston, MA, US, 02115

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.

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.

We are seeking a Veterinary Technician, Rodent Services for our Insourcing Solutions contract with Boston Children's Hospital located in Boston, MA.


 Position includes a $2,000 Sign on Bonus!!!


Responsible for basic daily healthcare of laboratory animals in a research environment. Ensures that the health and welfare of laboratory animals are maintained in compliance with institutional, local, state and federal guidelines and regulations for Animal Resources Children’s Hospital (ARCH) facilities. Responsible for documentation of animal health and communicates with research staff. Assists and provides support to the facility animal health care program. Attention to detail when observing animals and completing documentation is necessary. 


The essential duties of the Veterinary Technician are:


  • Reviews and complies with all policies pertaining to the animal care program. Cares for and maintains laboratory animals in accordance with USDA Animal Welfare Act and policies, the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals” and other applicable regulations and policies.
  • Works closely with the veterinarian(s) to perform daily health assessments of laboratory animals and maintains all records as needed and associated with this monitoring. Provides animal treatments according to standard operation procedures or otherwise as instructed by the veterinarian(s).
  • Conducts routine inspection of assigned animal holding rooms to ensure the health and well-being of the animals and adherence to regulations, institutional policies, standard operating procedures
  • Provides technical skills training to the research community in support of IACUC-approved research protocols, e.g. animal handling and restraint, weaning, tail snips, ear tagging, blood and other tissues sample collection, injections, treatments, surgical preparation, pre-, peri- and post-operative observations, and euthanasia.
  • Coordinates and processes orders for animal medications (anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, etc.). Documents distribution of same, and provides guidance on recordkeeping requirements.
  • Prepares and submits written reports, monthly billing summaries (drug orders, overcrowded cage charges), as requested by supervisor.
  • Provides training for the ARCH staff as it relates to animal care, and health. 
  • Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures. Complies with safety policies and procedures and MSDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances.
  • Assists with the receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories.
  • Maintains required attendance levels and adheres to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.


The following are minimum qualifications related to the Veterinary Technician position:

•    Education:   Associate’s degree (A.A./A.S) in veterinary technology or  equivalent college level program.  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in animal science preferred.
•    Experience:  Six months to 12 months rodent (primarily mice) care and handling experience as well as veterinary technical skills required. Basic knowledge of mouse (and rat if possible) technical skills, including handling, restraint, injection and phlebotomy techniques. Must be capable of identifying sick animals, and summarizing findings. 
•    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 Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) or above OR successful achievement of ALAT certification within one (1) year required.  AALAS certification at the LAT level is preferred.  Veterinary Technician licensure of CVT or LVT is preferred.  
•    Other: Computer literacy in word processing and database record keeping preferred. Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective professional communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with clients, customers, coworkers, and supervisors. Ability to work independently in a responsible manner and also serve as an effective team member. Ability to read, write, speak and understand English.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

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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