Sr. Staff Veterinarian (NHPs)

Req ID #:  72075

Houston, TX, US, 77047

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced Sr Staff Veterinarian for our Safety Assessment business located in Houston, TX.  


The Sr Staff Veterinarian is responsible for providing professional veterinary services, overseeing and performing veterinary procedures in support of all aspects of veterinary care program for all NHP colonies at the site, as well as assisting with oversight of the animal care and use program. 

Additional responsibilities include:

•    Oversee daily Animal Health Assessment Program, Behavioral Management Program and Preventative Medicine Program for NHPs.  
•    Perform veterinary rounds as scheduled and provide clinical care and preventative medicine support.
•    May perform surgical support and provide anesthesia, surgical and analgesic technical expertise/advice.
•    Perform pre-shipment physical examination of animals, including radiographic review, ultrasonagraphy, Electrocardiogram (ECG), evaluation of routine screening tests and specific tests if required by customer.
•    Responsible for the overall training program for veterinary services staff. 
•    Ensure that internal and external reports and other materials are prepared and submitted as required.
•    Provide responses to internal/external inspections and quality audits of veterinary or animal welfare content. 
•    Serve as advisor to management in technical matters as they relate to the site including application of new technology and any changes in national policies, procedures, guidelines or regulations affecting animal care and use.  
•    Assist in oversight of quarantine program which includes participation in vendor management, e.g. reviewing vendor health information, communicating specific issues related to shipments, tracking overall vendor performance, and interacting with the CDC.
•    Assist in oversight of animal holding program with respect to overall colony health preventative medicine, clinical care, and client owned animal colony management.
•    Provide support for activities of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), including protocol review, program review and facility inspections. May serve on the IACUC. May serve as Attending Veterinarian (Veterinarian of Record).
•    Ensure all procedures and processes are accomplished in accordance with the regulations as it relates to animal welfare and veterinary issues.

Job Requirements


The following qualifications are needed for the Sr Staff Veterinarian role: 
•    Veterinary degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) required.
•    Minimum of 6 years veterinary experience in an NHP environment; Two years supervisory/ management experience preferred.  
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Licensure to practice veterinary medicine in at least one U.S. state required and ability to become licensed in Texas within 6 months.  
•    USDA accreditation or application submitted within 1 month of hire. 
•    Ability to obtain DEA license within 6 months. 
•    Desired licenses include: Current DEA license and ACLAM eligibility or accreditation 
•    Computer literate and proficient with Microsoft Windows, PowerPoint and Excel.
•    Good communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.  
•    Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that govern animal research, research conduct principles and current methodology of laboratory animal medicine and management required.

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


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