Assistant Veterinary Technician (Summer student)

Req ID #:  97371

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.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   


Students in the Laboratory Animal Medicine and Surgery Department will have the opportunity to assist with a variety of tasks within the department. The student will provide support to the vet aid, research and development, and behavior and enrichment groups. Tasks will be assigned as per training, experience and knowledge of the candidates. This position will be of interest to animal health technology and veterinary students.

  • To adhere to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations and organizational Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • To work closely with the veterinarian(s) and the team leader(s) to prepare and perform treatment plans.
  • To safely hold and restrain animals during veterinary examinations and interventions.
  • Perform simple medical treatments under veterinary supervision.
  • To identify potential animal welfare and/or health issues and to notify the appropriate resources.
  • May assist Vet Aids with daily tasks, treatments, exams. 
  • Ensure study specific anesthesia monitoring and support in a wide variety of laboratory animal species. 
  • Perform follow-ups on animals that underwent surgery to ensure their well-being whilst appropriate surgical and/or veterinary staff.
  • Offer surgical and technical support on studies (e.g.: surgery room preparation, sterile assistant, perform advances techniques) including complete peri-operative care and oversight for the animals.
  • To maintain the material resources of the veterinary laboratory. 
  • Maintaining surgical suites and support spaces. 
  • Ensuring adequate supplies in the surgical suites, ensuring rotation of stock and absence of expired material. 
  • Maintaining surgical instruments and equipment in proper working order, including the cleaning, care and sterilization of appropriate supplies. 
  • With guidance from Clinical Veterinarians, assists in generating or approving documents and other required forms.
  • Ensures that appropriate documentation is GLP-compliant prior to submission.



IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

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.

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 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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