Principal Veterinarian

Req ID #:  221273

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 an experienced Principal Veterinarian for our Safety Assessment site located in Reno, Nevada. 


Job Summary

Responsible for providing professional veterinary services. Oversee and perform veterinary procedures that support all studies.  Assist the Director in oversight of the animal care and use program as needed.  May supervise or oversee veterinary staff and manage the activities of assigned section to ensure effective performance.  Assist the Director in department management functions as required and serve as acting department head in Director's absence.  


Essential Duties:

•    Oversee daily animal health assessment program.  
•    Perform veterinary rounds as scheduled and provide clinical care and preventive medicine support.
•    May perform surgical support and provide anesthesia, surgical and analgesic technical expertise/advice to facilitate protocol development.
•    May lead the surgical team in developing new skills and procedures to expand the surgical portfolio. Assist in the evaluation of the surgical infrastructure as well as the staff need to support the development and maintenance of the surgical team’s skills and innovative processes.
•    Represent site on cross-site teams where the individual’s expertise is needed.
•    Provide subject-matter expert input for animal health matters to Study Directors, Client Services and Sponsors. 
•    Collaborate and facilitate teamwork among veterinarians, veterinary technicians, behaviorists, surgical staff and Animal Care Services and Technical Operations staff. 
•    Responsible for overseeing department-wide programs (e.g. Biosecurity, controlled drugs, new technique development).
•    May assist in sentinel animal monitoring and other monitoring programs. Review diagnostic results and advise on animal treatment plans/biosecurity program accordingly.
•    Responsible for the overall training program for veterinary technicians/staff. Ensure that training is properly documented and regularly updated as necessary.
•    Participate in the design and implementation of programs to assess vendors for animals and critical animal related suppliers.  Monitor a Biosecurity program appropriate to site needs.  
•    Serve as advisor to management in technical matters as they relate to the site including application of new technology, the use of alternatives, new animal models, and any changes in national policies, procedures, guidelines or regulations affecting animal care and use.  
•    Assist Director in oversight of quarantine and conditioning program which includes participation in vendor management, e.g. conducting site visits, reviewing vendor health information, communicating specific issues related to shipments to them, and tracking overall vendor performance.
•    Perform expert veterinary research support to Study Directors and Sponsors.

Job Qualifications


•    Education:  Veterinary degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) or international equivalent.
•    Experience:  Minimum of 10 years related experience in research/lab animal/GLP environment. Two years supervisory/ management experience preferred.
•    Certification/Licensure:  Licensure to practice veterinary medicine in at least one U.S. state required.  Ability to practice veterinary medicine in the work state highly desirable.  ACLAM eligibility or accreditation is highly desired.
•    Other:  Computer literacy (Windows PC) and Excel.  Good communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.  Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies and guidelines that govern animal research, research conduct principles (GLP) and current methodology of laboratory animal medicine and management is important.


The pay range for this position is $185,000 - 200,000 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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