Veterinary Technician 1 - $1k Signing Bonus

Req ID #:  167294

Poolesville, MD, US, 20837

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.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Veterinary Technician 1 for our Insourcing Solutions site in Poolesville, MD. This position offers a $1,000 Signing Bonus and is an amazing opportunity!!! Whether you work in biomedical research or a veterinary hospital and would like a career change, this is the opportunity you don't want to miss. 


The responsibilities related to the Veterinary Technician 1 are:

•    Prepare and distribute individualized animal diets, enrichment, and clinical treatments to study animals according to protocols. 
•    Collect and record physiological data.
•    Perform technical procedures including: femoral blood collection, IV catheterization, aseptic tissue collection and processing, euthanasia, anesthesia, food or liquid consumption, drug administration (Topical, PO, IM, SQ, IV and ID), TB testing, weighing, physical examinations, restraint and handling of animals, radiographs, and other technical procedures as needed. 
•    Safely and correctly handle and restrain animals for observation and procedure.
•    Understand basic animal behavior that can be used for training techniques; including positive reinforcement training and cognitive testing 
•    Assist in the collection of on-going behavioral testing and data collection  
•    Assist veterinarian or investigators with surgeries or specialized procedures.
•    Perform animal health surveillance checks. 
•    Accurately maintain electronic medical records and update treatment plans.
•    Collect, preserve, and prepare blood, urine, stool, and tissue samples.
•    Participate in study related necropsies and tissue harvest.
•    Responsible for daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning and sanitization of LARC 8 prep areas, and procedure rooms
•    Set-up procedure area and prepare supplies and equipment for experimental procedures
•    Ability to maintain freezer organization tasks and maintain sample inventory.
•    Effectively communicate any animal issues to veterinary staff and investigative staff.
•    Safely handle and dispose of hazardous waste. (e.g. Package for autoclaving or incineration, arrange special pick-up for chemical/radiological waste, document use/disposal as directed).
•    Participate in all required trainings (topics may include animal specific information and technical procedures, medical care, OSHA, regulatory, ASP support, and standard operating procedures).
•    Performs other tasks as assigned.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications for the Veterinary Technician 1 position:

•    Education High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. BS in animal science, biology or related OR AA degree in Veterinary Technology preferred.
•    Experience: 2-3 years’ experience working with animals in biomedical research, of which 1 year working NHPs is desired. Veterinary Hospital/Clinic experience will be considered.
•    Certification/Licensure: Must achieve LAT certification within one year of eligibility if not already certified. 
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

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 18,000 employees within 100 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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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