Animal Health Technician - Musculoskeletal Research - Toxicology - 2,000$ sign on bonus

Req ID #:  119272

Senneville, Quebec, CA, H9X 3R3

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


Animal Health Technician - Musculoskeletal Research – Toxicology

We are looking for an animal health technician who wishes to be part of a dynamic and collaborative team that cares about the well-being of animals. The musculoskeletal research department integrates a multitude of techniques to evaluate the muscular and skeletal system. The implementation of specific procedures as well as the use of state-of-the-art radiological equipment allows for the analysis of toxicological effects during treatments of pathologies affecting these two anatomical components at different growth stages.




  • Administer test elements and/or medications to animals (gavage, intramuscular, subcutaneous and intravenous injections) ;
  • Understand and manipulate various X-ray equipment in order to produce high quality images.
  • Knowledge of muscular and skeletal anatomy and understanding of the biomechanical relationship between them.
  • Perform sample collection (urine, blood, cerebrospinal fluid);
  • Use specialized equipment (pumps, ECG, BP machine);
  • Demonstrate initiative and interest in new work techniques and in working with different animal species; 
  • Observe, examine and follow up on clinical signs of animals;
  • Record the weight of the animals and their food consumption;
  • Ensure adequate and accessible food and water supplies for all animals at all times;
  • Clean all types of animal housing and accessories;
  • Handle animals for any activity that requires it;
  • Enter animal data into computer program;
  • Read and ensure understanding of study plans prior to the start of each study;
  • Understand, adhere to, and follow Standard Organizational Procedures;
  • Perform any other reasonable tasks that may be required.





  • College diploma in animal health, bio-ecology, biotechnology or equivalent, or a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialized profile in the animal field
  • Working knowledge of animal health sciences;
  • Ability to maintain the regular physical effort required to lift, push and move equipment and animals;
  • Ability to read and understand English; Bilingualism is an asset;
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Ability to manage time efficiently;
  • Ability to adapt to change;
  • Flexibility to work a variety of hours including weekends, as well as the possibility of overtime evenings and nights as needed;
  • Working knowledge of computer applications related to the position.

The advantages of working for Charles River:


  • Minimum of 3 weeks’ vacation ;
  • Paid sick / personal days ;
  • Paid overtime ;
  • Shift premiums ;
  • Paid uniform ;
  • Competitive benefits starting from day one (health and dental coverage) ;
  • Access to a savings and retirement program including an employer contribution ;
  • Free, unlimited, and confidential access to health care professionals for you and your family, through telemedicine app ;
  • Employee Assistance Programs ;
  • Tuition reimbursement program ;
  • Employee Activities ;
  • Volunteering Program (paid day) ;
  • Employee referral bonuses ;
  • Relocation assistance ;
  • Career advancement opportunities and training ;A recognition program ;
  • Positive Company Values & Culture ;
  • Shuttle service from the Sainte-Anne-de Bellevue train station and from John Abbott College to the Senneville site ;
  • Shuttle service from the Montmorency metro station to the Laval site;
  • Free parking.


Salary : 


  • Basic: $19.50 / hour, 
  • Weekend and evening : $2.50 bonus 
  • After 37.5 hrs: Paid at half time
  • Holiday: Paid at double time


Collaborate -We collaborate when we partner with each other and promote teamwork, when we communicate clearly and effectively across the hall or around the globe, and when we welcome all forms of diversity and encourage inclusiveness.
Own - We act like owners when we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, when we respond to internal and external client needs with speed and accuracy, when we set and achieve meaningful goals, and when we strive towards continuous improvement.
Care - We show we care when we respect each other, our animals and the communities where we work and live, when we create a positive healthy workplace, when we are mindful of our compliance standards, and when we choose to do the right thing.
Lead - We lead when we advocate our purpose and model our values, when we deliver innovation, when we embrace change, and when we appreciate and celebrate the great work of others.

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 120 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 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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