Animal Care Technician 2/Breeding Technician

Req ID #:  117677

Pittsburgh, PA, US, 15213


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.

Animal Care Technician 2

We are seeking a Animal Care Technican 2 for our Insourcing Solutions site located in Pittsburgh, PA.

The following are responsibilities related to the Animal Care Technician 2

Provide general & specialized husbandry following established Guidance Documents. Recognize and report complex signs of clinical illness and provide treatment as instructed at the by veterinary staff. Perform post-surgical observations and associated record keeping. Perform basic technical skills such as fasting, body weights and food/water measurements. Perform animal identification (ear notching, tattooing, microchip). Set up breeding pairs, performing plug checks, conducting weaning and collecting samples for genotyping; maintain colony records. Perform genotyping and database collection. May provide study support on minimally invasive techniques including, but not limited to, treadmill acclamation, nair/shaving, tumor measurements, etc. May provide instruction to others on husbandry and technical procedures. Monitor and analyze trends in room log data. Assist with receipt and shipments (exportation). Perform sentinel and index sample collection procedures. Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of operations and equipment. Assist in scheduling various preventative and corrective maintenance tasks. Assist in technical procedures (aseptic surgery, dosing, tissue collection, necropsy) as instructed.

Animal Care Technician 2

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Animal Care Technician 2 position: 

Education & Exp:  Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences or related discipline and 1 year related experience or CVT/LVT/RVT certification and one 1 years related research husbandry and technical experience OR High School Diploma/GED and two (2) years related research husbandry and technical experience 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 ALAT level/CALAS initial level required. LAT preferred.


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 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

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh

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