Licensed Animal Technician

Req ID:  209603

Margate, GB, CT9 4LT

For nearly 75 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.

Every role at Charles River matters to the thousands of clients and millions of patients around the globe. We strive to be the difference for our clients, colleagues, animals, and partners.


We are looking for a keen and reliable individual to help make that difference and build their career with Charles River, beginning as a Licensed Animal Technician.


Licensed Animal Technician


Salary - £19,899.67 - £10.93 p/h


Rota - Full Time 35 Hours Per Week


2 x Shifts available


Shift 1 - Monday - Friday

Shift 2 - Sunday – Thursday


(Both shifts will include occasional weekend working on a rota system – overtime will be paid for this if exceeds the 35hr week rota).


Please note – Charles River will fund and support all Licence training at your place of work.


Overall responsibility


To assist in the day-to-day welfare and maintenance of customer animal colonies within isolators in a genetically altered rodent production area. This will include breeding and stock husbandry, animal arrival and packing procedures as well as input to continuous improvement and personal development


Main duties/responsibilities


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.
Contribute to and monitor closely the welfare of all animals within each colony, recording clinical signs and reporting variance
Carry out weaning, sexing and identification, genotyping procedures.
Monitor and report on project production levels with Project Co-ordinators
Prepare customer animal shipments and receipts.
Follow customer colony maintenance instructions accurately.
Complete forms, cage cards and any other paperwork/data in a timely and accurate manner.
Participate in training sessions as and when necessary and actively identify and utilise training opportunities.
Using specific resources help implement best practice and continuous improvement

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 experience, including Animal Technician level 2, other animal related qualifications e.g., IAT or diploma in Animal Management/Care or A Level pass in Biology and animal husbandry experience.

Desirable: Good understanding of Home Office and accreditation body (e.g., AAALAC) guidelines. Home Office personal licensee training Modules A&B, or Home Office Personal Licence previously held.


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 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 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. 


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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.