Rodent Veterinary Technician 1

Req ID #:  101193

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.

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


Responsible for overseeing primarily rodent animal health, care and welfare for animal facilities.  Contribute to and participate in the facility animal health care program, as well as peri and post-procedure animal care.  Contribute to the documentation of animal health and communicate with research staff.  Provide training to both research and animal facility staff and serve as an information and technical resource for the institutional animal research community. Maintain performance levels consistent with and according to Children’s Hospital professional standards and requirements.



The following are responsibilities relate to the Veterinary Technician:

  • 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 to perform daily health assessments of laboratory animals in the colony and  maintain all records as needed and associated with this monitoring.  Provides animal treatments as instructed by the Veterinarian.
  • Contribute to the preventative animal health program and the animal health surveillance program as needed, such as specimen collections and documentation, processing samples, providing summaries, conducting written and telephone communications with diagnostic laboratories, serving as contact for intra-institutional animal transfers and related responsibilities
  • Performs technical functions required by research protocols, such as daily clinical observations and health examinations of sick animals, prior to reporting adverse findings to Veterinarian responsible for that area.
  • Provide 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, euthanasia, and assists with research procedures as directed.
  • Coordinates and processes orders for animal medications (drugs, anesthetics, analgesics, etc.), documents distribution of same, and provides guidance on recordkeeping requirements.
  • Provides training for the staff as it relates to animal care, health and regulations. 
  • 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.

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

  • Education:  Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science or Veterinary Technology or Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent college level program preferred.
  • Experience:  Minimum of one year related animal care and handling experience required, including one year of technical experience as detailed in the essential duties and responsibilities section 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:  AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician level (LAT) or above OR successful achievement of LAT certification within one (1) year required.  AALAS certification at the LATg level is preferred.  Veterinary Technician licensure of CVT or LVT preferred.
  • Other: Basic knowledge of rodent technical skills and capability of identifying sick animals, summarizing findings, and providing medical treatments as prescribed. 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. Maintains 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 serve as an effective team member.

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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


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

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