Sr. Staff Veterinarian

Req ID #:  104591

Labelle, FL, US, 33935

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

Responsible for providing professional veterinary services. Oversee and perform veterinary procedures that support all aspects of veterinary care for the site. Assist the Director in oversight of the animal care and use program. May supervise or oversee veterinary and behavioral staff and manage the activities of assigned section to ensure effective performance.

• Oversee daily animal health assessment program.
• Perform veterinary rounds as scheduled, and provide clinical care and preventive medicine support.
• May perform surgical support and provide anesthesia, surgical and analgesic technical expertise/advice.
• Perform pre-shipment physical examination of animals assigned for delivery to customers, including radiographic review, ultrasonagraphy, Electrocardiogram (ECG), evaluation of routine screening tests
• Responsible for the overall training program for veterinary technicians/staff. Ensure that training is properly documented and regularly updated as necessary.
• Oversee the Environmental Enhancement program for NHPs.
• Provide animal health care guidance for veterinary services personnel as required.
• 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 type content.
• Implement and monitor the preventive health program appropriate to the site’s needs.
• 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 Director in oversight of quarantine program which includes participation in vendor management, e.g. reviewing vendor health information, communicating specific issues related to shipments to them, tracking overall vendor performance, and interacting with the CDC as warranted.
• Assist Director 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.
• Ensure all procedures and processes are accomplished in accordance with the regulations as it relates to animal welfare and veterinary issues.
• Write, review and update veterinary care and/or necropsy SOPs as required.

• Perform expert veterinary support to internal and external customers.
• Maintain compliance with all applicable laws and regulations including the Animal Welfare Act.
• Ensure that all animal care related activities are conducted in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), Center for Disease Control (CDC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) standards and regulations.
• Will use controlled substances and be responsible for maintaining appropriate records according to current regulations.
• May assist in management of the activities of assigned section, including supervising employees, scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers), discipline, personnel development and performance monitoring.
• Assist in the development of operating objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements, budget, departmental systems and SOPs.
• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

Education: Veterinary degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) required.
Experience: 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.
• Certification/Licensure: Licensure to practice veterinary medicine in at least one U.S. state required. Ability to become licensed in Florida within 6 months. USDA accreditation or application submitted within 1 month of hire. Ability to obtain DEA license within 6 months. Current DEA license highly desired. ACLAM eligibility or accreditation is highly desired.
• Other: 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.

• Regularly operate a computer and occasionally operate other office productivity machinery such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
• Regularly move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
• Regularly communicate with employees/customers; must be able to exchange accurate information.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, climb, reach overhead, crouch, kneel, push/pull and repetitive use of hands.
• Employees must be able to lift, move and/or hold up to 40 pounds; this includes equipment and animals.

• General office and research laboratory working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet, although hearing protection may be required for short periods when working with certain species.
• While performing the duties of this job the employee will be required to wear protective clothing (safety glasses, face shield, mask, cap, gloves, scrubs), work near toxic or caustic chemicals, work with biohazards, and/or work with live animals with risk of exposure to allergens and/or zoonotic diseases. The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, unpleasant odors, and/or wet, humid and/or extreme temperature conditions.

COMMENTS: This position may require occasional domestic or international travel. This position requires weekend/holiday coverage, on-call rotation, and the necessity to return to the facility outside of normal business hours.

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 300 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.


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