Director - Veterinary Services

Req ID #:  76253

Laval, Quebec, CA, H7V 1B7

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 a Director - Veterinary Services to support our NHP Quarantine site located at the Armand-Frappier Institute in Laval (Canada).


The following are the main responsibilities of the Director - Veterinary Services position:

  • Oversee daily animal health assessment program;   
  • Ensure performance of and perform as needed veterinary rounds, 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; 
  • Responsible for the overall training program for veterinary and technical staff and ensure that training is properly documented and regularly updated as necessary; 
  • Oversee optimization and enhancement programs in collaboration with other site managers;  
  • Provide animal health care guidance for veterinary services personnel as required; 
  • Implement and monitor the preventive health program appropriate to the site’s needs;  
  • Assist Director in oversight of various programs; 
  • Write, review and update veterinary care and/or necropsy SOPs as required; 
  • Perform expert veterinary support to internal and external customers; 
  • Ensure that all animal care related activities are conducted in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), and various association 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. 


The following are minimum requirements for the Director - Veterinary Services position:

  • Education:  Veterinary degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) is required 
  • Experience:  Minimum of 6 years veterinary experience in a CRO environment. Two years supervisory/ management experience would be an asset.   
  • Certification/Licensure:  Licensure to practice veterinary medicine in Canada is 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 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