Veterinary Technician II

Req ID #:  211433

Poolesville, MD, US, 20837

For 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.

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 looking for a Veterinary Technician II to join our Insourcing Solutions team located in Poolesville, MD.


How will you have an impact?
This is the moment to use your talents and imagine those talents contributing to improving global health and peoples’ lives. In the VTII role you can do that by maintaining site animal colonies and performing ASP-relative procedures to support the integrity of the research.


Why work at Charles River?
We offer an excellent onboarding program for our new employees, internal career development, and competitive benefits! The pay range for this position is $30-31.00. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location. 


What you will do!
In the Veterinary Technician II role, you will use existing SOPs and quality assurance standards to perform daily and weekly health checks of all animals in the colony, including geriatric rhesus monkeys. You will collect and record physiological data (pulse, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, etc.) and report any abnormal conditions of either the animals or the animal room environment. This role also prepares and distributes individualized diets, enrichment, and clinical treatments to study animals; as well as accurately maintains electronic medical records and updates treatment plans based on communications with core and veterinary staff.


The VTII assists veterinarians or investigators with surgeries or specialized procedures, as well as sets up procedure areas and prepares supplies and equipment for experimental procedures, in addition to cleaning and sanitation of prep areas and procedure rooms. In this role, you will be asked to safely and correctly handle and restrain animals for observation and procedure, 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. You may also be asked to collect, preserve, and prepare blood, urine, stool, and tissue samples; calculate drug dosages and administration frequencies; participate in study related necropsies and tissue harvest; as well as maintain laboratory equipment, procedure areas, and freezer sample inventory.

Who are we looking for?
A candidate with a high school diploma or GED is required; a BS degree in Animal Science, Biology, or similar discipline, or AA in Veterinary Technology is preferred; and a minimum five years of experience working with animals in a biomedical research environment, including experience with NHP. Eligibility to take the AALAS certification at the LATG level required. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education/experience listed above.


If you are interested in contributing to the well-being of our communities, not only across the country but around the world, please join us and BE THE DIFFERENCE!


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

This position services client(s) that requires us to ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. We will require proof of vaccination from all employees servicing client(s) with COVID-19 Vaccination requirements.


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 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.

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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