Research Vivarium Husbandry - Associate

Req ID #:  78135

RTP, NC, US, 27709-2016

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

Cares for the animals used in research and development studies. Performs duties related to the maintenance of experimental animals such as feeding and caring for animals, cleaning cages, holding animals for treatment by laboratory technician or maintaining inventory and animal identification records. Performs cleaning/sanitation of animal facility and equipment. Responsible for bio-safety and bio-security of the animals. May partner with pre-clinical investigators to assist and support veterinarians with surgery, dosing, post-op care and monitoring of animal studies.

We are seeking a Animal Care Technician I for our Insourcing Solutions site located Research Triangle Park, N.C.


The following are responsibilities related to the Animal Care Technician I:


⦁    Review, comprehend and comply with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific areas.
⦁    Assist in performing anesthesia induction and maintenance of laboratory animals (injectible and inhalation).
⦁    Support research staff in anesthesia monitoring, pre-op and post-op care and documentation in GLP format of all procedures and care.
⦁    Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations, animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and  water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.
⦁    Maintain accurate records of animal health, and housing or support areas as required by Institute and facility. 
⦁    Perform pen/run daily cleaning of swine housing rooms as described in customer SOPs.
⦁    Perform decontamination of permanent and mobile swine housing rooms and equipment as described in facility procedures.
⦁    Receipt, inspection, identification, transportation and housing of all incoming animals under direct supervision. Assist in the ear tagging of rabbits as needed.
⦁    Acclimation of swine as directed by Supervisor.
⦁    Assist in the disposal of animal carcasses and maintenance of incinerator and all relevant documentation following established procedures.
⦁    Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas including room or facility personnel entry; personnel protective equipment use, spraying in all equipment and materials into controlled areas.
⦁    Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.
⦁    Assist Sr.staff with setting up surgical suites, induction of anesthesia and pre and post operative monitoring as required.

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Animal Care Technician I position:

  • Education/ Experience:  High School Diploma with a minimum of 1 year experience plus ALAT/LAT required within 1 year OR, AS/BS degree with LAT required within 6 months of eligibility.


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


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