Animal Support Technician I

Req ID #:  222418

Frederick, MD, US, 21701

For 75 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.

Job Summary

We are looking for an Animal Support Technician to join our Insourcing Solutions team located in Bethesda, MD


Why work at Charles River?  
We adhere to strong values, share the same mission, that together, we create healthier lives. Our culture is one of endless opportunity, purpose and creating change. We are committed to empowering our employees with the tools and programs they need to develop rewarding careers. We offer competitive benefits and excellent training programs for all our employees.

In this role, you will perform a combination of duties in client facilities, temporary assignments of caretaking, cage wash, and similar duties at any IS contract site. 


Additional details about this role:

  • Main area of support is cagewash and animal care. 
    • Animal care includes monitoring animal health and welfare while performing health observations; animal husbandry duties: daily equipment checks; provide food and water; perform cage checks and/or changes, record animal health concerns, and administer treatments as prescribed. (Variety of lab animals are possible) 
    • Cagewash support includes processing soiled caging/tanks and preparing new caging, ensure that parameters are met to meet sanitation, prepare, and set autoclave loads to designated cycle, and maintain a clean and organized cage wash area.
  • Provide appropriate environmental enrichment, assist with restraint, handling, and manipulation of various animal species.  
  • Receive, inspect, and house incoming animals, and maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator or support areas.  
  • Assist with the receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories, feed, bedding, etc. 
  • Maintain facility equipment and perform routine preventative maintenance on cagewash and autoclaves. 
  • Assist with technical procedures, such as providing treatments, blood and/or tissue collection, injections, surgical prep, administering anesthesia, and assisting with surgical procedures. Assist with breeding and weaning procedures to ensure appropriate production levels.  
  • Assist with diagnostic services such as necropsy, health surveillance, etc.

Job Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess a B.S. in Animal Science, Biology, or Biological Science; with 6+ months’ experience with animal care and handling in a laboratory/similar environment desired. Alternatively, candidates with an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and 6+ months’ animal care experience will also be considered. Eligibility for AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) level required upon eligibility. 


The pay for this position is $20.00 USD per hour. 

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 20,000 employees within 110 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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.


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 [email protected]. 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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