Licensed Animal Technician 1

Req ID:  146792

Margate, GB, CT9 4LT

For nearly 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.


Salary - £18,914.53 p.a. (£10.39 p.h.)



  • Rota - Full Time 35 Hours Per Week  (Sunday - Thursday)
  • Sunday 7.00 am  - 4.30 pm, Monday - Thursday 12.00 noon  - 7.00 pm
  • Please note - License is obtained whilst working


Licensed Animal Technician



Overall responsibility


To assist in the day to day welfare and maintenance of customer animal colonies within a GEMS production area to include breeding and stock husbandry, animal arrival and packing procedures. (Will include occasional weekend working on a rota system).


Main duties/responsibilities


  • Contribute to and monitor closely the welfare of all animals within each colony, recording clinical signs.
  • Water and feed the animal colonies.
  • Carry out routine husbandry and housekeeping i.e. clean the cages, the area and tools thoroughly and assist in isolator recycling following strict hygiene procedures.
  • Carry out weaning, sexing and identification, genotyping procedures.
  • Monitor and report on project production levels with GEMS Project Co-ordinators.
  • Prepare orders.
  • Pack orders at customers’ request and according to packing process.
  • Follow customer colony maintenance instructions accurately.
  • Record required data as per procedures.
  • Complete forms, cage cards and any other paperwork/data in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Provide cover for other members of the team as and when necessary.
  • Participate in training sessions as and when necessary and actively identify and utilise training opportunities.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of an efficient Quality Management System.
  • Ensure that all Health and Safety regulations are adhered to, including correct wearing of PPE, liaising with the H&S representative where appropriate.
  • Ensure a safe and tidy work area.
  • Carry out other reasonable duties that may or may not be related to the job as requested by Management.
  • At all times adhere to the Company’s Equal Opportunities Policy in the planning and execution of their duties.

The above description defines the general nature and level of work to be performed and is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities.


Qualifications and Knowledge


  • Essential: Education to degree level or equivalent,  including Animal Technician level 2, other animal related qualifications eg IAT or diploma in Animal Management/Care
  • Desirable: Good understanding of Home Office and accreditation body (eg AAALAC) guidelines.  Home Office personal licensee training Modules A&B, or Home Office Personal Licence previously held.  

Must have own means of transport or a reliable means of making own way to work.

We are looking for a Licensed Animal Technician to join our team. In your role  you will assist in the day to day welfare and maintenance of customer animal colonies within a GEMS production area to include breeding and stock husbandry, animal arrival and packing procedures. (Will include occasional weekend working on a rota system)..

You will be highly motivated and  have an Education to degree level in Science or equivalent,  including Animal Technician level 2, other animal related qualifications eg IAT or diploma in Animal Management/Care


Benefits: Life assurance, bonus, career development, training opportunities, free onsite parking, subsidised staff room, pay for participation on volunteer days, on-site team building, charity fundraising days, employee engagement programs.


Pension plan: 1st year employee -Company contribution 4% - Employee 4%, after one year: Company 5% -Employee 3%. After three years: Company contribution 9%


Holidays - 26 days + 8 for Public holidays


If you are highly motivated and possess the skill set required, we would love to hear from you.



About Research Models & Services
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond.


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.