Veterinary Technician

Req ID #:  222591

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.

Job Summary

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


Why work at Charles River?  
We adhere to strong values, share the same mission, that together, we create healthier lives. Our culture is one of endless opportunity, purpose and creating change. We are committed to empowering our employees with the tools and programs they need to develop rewarding careers. We offer competitive benefits and excellent training programs for all our employees.

What you will do!

In the Veterinary Technician I, II, and III role, you will assist will all activities required for supporting and maintaining the site animal colonies and Animal Study Protocols in support of the research program. Care for and maintain lab animals in accordance with all guidelines, policies, and regulations to ensure their health and welfare.  

You will perform the following duties: 

  • Prepare and distribute animal diets, enrichment, and clinical treatments; collect and record physiological data (pulse, respiration, heart rate, body temperature, etc.). 
  • Perform technical procedures including femoral blood collection, IV catheterization, aseptic tissue collection and processing, anesthesia, food or liquid consumption, drug dosage calculation and 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.  
  • Understand basic animal behavior for training techniques; including positive reinforcement and cognitive testing; assist in on-going behavioral testing and data collection.  
  • Assist veterinarian or investigators with surgeries or specialized procedures. 
  • Perform animal health surveillance checks and report any abnormal findings.  
  • Maintain electronic medical records, update treatment plans, send daily emails regarding clinical and experimental information vet staff and client.  
  • Collect, preserve, and prepare blood, urine, stool, and tissue samples. 
  • Participate in study related necropsies and tissue harvest. 
  • Perform weekly mid-day health checks and daily pm health checks of all animals in the colony (including geriatric rhesus monkeys). 
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning and sanitization of prep areas and procedure rooms. Set-up procedure areas and prepare supplies and equipment for procedures. 
  • Ability to maintain freezer organization and sample inventory. 
  • Participate in all required training (topics may include animal specific information and technical procedures, medical care, OSHA, regulatory, ASP support, and standard operating procedures). 


Who are we looking for? 

Education: All levels- a high school diploma or GED is required; a BS degree in Animal Science, Biology, or similar discipline, or A.A. in Veterinary Technology is preferred 
Experience: Level I – 2-3 years’ experience working with animals in biomedical research, of which 1 year must be with non-human primates. Veterinary Hospital technical experience will be considered. 
Level II-III a minimum of 5 years’ experience of same. Supervisory experience preferred for Level III.  
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education/experience listed above for these levels. 
Certification: Level I- Eligibility to take the AALAS certification at the LAT level required. Level II-III LATG eligibility required.  


The pay range for this position is $27.00 to $33.00 USD per hour.  Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.


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, or 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 [email protected]. 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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