Staff Veterinarian

Req ID #:  130571

Morrisville, NC, US, 27560

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 Staff Veterinarian for our Discovery site located in Morrisville, NC


Responsible for providing professional veterinary services. Oversee and perform veterinary procedures that support all studies.  Oversee all aspects of the animal care and use program as needed.  May supervise or oversee veterinary technicians and manage the activities of assigned section to ensure effective performance. 


The following are responsibilites related to the Staff Veterinarian position:

  • Manage daily animal health assessment program. 
  • Perform veterinary rounds as scheduled, and provide clinical care and preventive medicine support. 
  • Perform surgical support and provide anesthesia, surgical and analgesic technical expertise/advice to facilitate protocol development. 
  • Assist in sentinel animal monitoring and other monitoring programs. 
  • Assist site surgical lead on new techniques and train employees in advanced skills, techniques and procedures.  Ensure that training is properly documented and regularly updated as necessary. 
  • Provide animal health care guidance for veterinary services personnel as required. 
  • Ensure that internal and external applications, reports and other materials are prepared and submitted as required. 
  • Prepare or review responses to internal/external inspections and quality assurance audits of veterinary or animal welfare type content. 
  • Participate in the quarantine and conditioning program which includes participation in vendor management, e.g. conducting site visits, reviewing vendor health information, communicating specific issues related to shipments to them, and tracking overall vendor performance. 
  • May serve as a full or ad-hoc member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), assisting in protocol review and other efforts as identified. 
  • Consultant to Study Directors and/or sponsors regarding study design prior to IACUC submission and as part of the veterinarian review and IACUC monitoring. 
  • Ensure all study related in-life procedures and processes are accomplished in accordance with the study protocol as it relates to animal welfare and veterinary issues. 
  • Perform veterinary research support to Study Directors and Sponsors. 
  • 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),  
  • May use controlled substances and be responsible for maintaining appropriate records. 
  • Develop new or innovative surgical techniques or other procedural improvements appropriate to research studies. 
  • May assist in management of the activities of assigned section, including direct supervision of employees, scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, raises), discipline, personnel development and performance monitoring. 

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Staff Veterinarian position:


  • Education:  Veterinary degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) or international equivalent. 
  • Experience:  Minimum of 3 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine required.  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 practice veterinary medicine in the work state highly desirable.  ACLAM eligibility or accreditation preferred. 
  • Other:  Computer literacy (Windows PC) WordPerfect and Excel.  Good communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.  Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that govern animal research,) and current methodology of laboratory animal medicine and management is important. 

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


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.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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