Surgical Veterinary Technician 1

Req ID #:  114031

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.


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Job Summary

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

The candidate will be responsible for performing supportive and administrative duties. Entry level/beginner technical procedures consistent with and according to Children’s Hospital professional standards and requirements.


Works closely with the Veterinarian to perform daily health assessments of the USDA covered species in the Surgical Services Program. Maintain all records as needed and associated with this monitoring. Provide animal treatments as instructed by the Veterinarian.
Perform technical functions required by necessity for animal health. Including daily clinical observations, administering medications, and health assessments of sick animals prior to reporting adverse findings to Veterinarian responsible for that area.
Receipt of new animals, including generating records, and doing an initial health assessment.
Recovery of post-operative animals, including recording vital signs.
Provide basic anesthetic monitoring, recording vital signs.
Generating treatment sheets and treatment plans as prescribed by the veterinarian.
Maintain sterile ORs by cleaning and breaking down the OR at the end of cases.
Responsible for making instrument packs, cleaning and autoclaving supplies.
Prepare OR’s for cases, as well as, maintaining equipment and ensuring it is in proper working order.
Prepare and submit written reports, monthly billing summaries (drug orders) charts, logs and inventories as requested.
Review and comply with all policies pertaining to the animal care program. 
Cares for 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.
Operate equipment and utilize supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.
Adhere to established safety policies and procedures and MSDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances. 
Assist with ordering, receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories.
Maintain required attendance level and adhere to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.

Job Qualifications

•    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 animal handle experience in animal research as well as veterinary technical skills required. 
•    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.  



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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 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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