Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine

Req ID #:  221535

Reno, NV, US, 89511

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 seeking a Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine for our Safety Assessment site located Reno, Nevada.


The following are responsibilities related to the Director, Laboratory Animal Medicine:


Responsible for the technical and professional oversight of all animal care and use functions involving laboratory animals at the site. Serve as the veterinarian of record (attending veterinarian) providing technical, regulatory, and clinical support to all research programs at the site.  Provide direct support to study directors in protocol design, animal disease model development, surgical services and animal health evaluations.  Provide assistance to study directors on sponsor-related issues including direct contact with sponsors as required.  Serve as a member of the Site Management Team and site representative of the Global Safety Assessment Veterinary Medicine Functional Matrix.    




Clinical Duties:

  • Assure the health and welfare of all research animals maintained within the facility, both personally and through delegation and oversight of direct reports. 
  • Assure performance of daily observation of animals for clinical signs of disease or adverse events, documentation of clinical observations, maintenance of appropriate animal medical records, and assure prompt notification and resolution of conditions that are indicative of pain or distress. 
  • Develop proposals for improvement of the animal program and operational changes that improve the health and well being of research animals and facilitate the conduct of studies. 
  • Participate in the development, implementation and provision of animal care and use training. 
  • Regularly inspect, evaluate, and generate reports on the adequacy of animal care programs, related processes and procedures, and physical facilities used to house and manipulate study animals.  
  • Ensure compliance with established company, industry and regulatory standards.
  • Provide oversight of surgical programs. 

Job Qualifications



  • Education:  Doctoral degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) in Veterinary Medicine and Master’s degree (M.S.) in a discipline relevant to laboratory animal medicine. 
  • Experience:  8-10 years related experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  Current license to practice veterinary medicine in at least one state.
  • Other:  ACLAM Diplomate Status preferred. USDA accreditation is desirable.  


“The pay range for this position is $200,000 - $250,000 annually. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.”

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


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 [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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