Veterinary Technician 1

Req ID #:  76334

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking a Veterinary Technician 1 for our Insourcing Solutions site in Poolesville, MD. 


The responsibilties 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.


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

•    Education High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. AA degree in Veterinary Technology preferred.
•    Experience: 2-3 years’ experience working with animals in biomedical research, of which some must be with NHPs. 
•    Certification/Licensure: Eligible to take LAT  
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 

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 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

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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