Assistant Animal Technician

Req ID:  219005

Tranent, GB, EH33 2NE

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

In advance of opening our brand new £10 million world class facility here in Tranent we are looking to expand our team of Animal Technicians. We are a progressive and close-knit team, working hard to ensure the safety of new medicines which target life threating and debilitating diseases and especially proud of our contribution in developing the Covid-19 vaccines.

We are passionate about our animals, striving to provide the best possible care with a culture of continuous improvement.

Candidates must have a passion for working with animals and share our commitment to their welfare. In this role you will perform routine and moderately complex animal husbandry and clinical observations in a regulatory compliant laboratory setting. You should have a minimum of 4 Nat 5 or equivalent qualifications. 

In return we provide all the training and support you need. A positive attitude with a good work ethic is essential, as we need reliable individuals with a good attendance record.

This is a physically demanding role so you need to know you will be active and on your feet for most of the working day. Here are some of things you will be involved with as an Animal Technician:

  • Husbandry duties / delivering essential care and well-being services to the animals
  • Positive interaction with animals, including providing treats, fruits and vegetables
  • Participating in animal training programmes
  • Handling animals for procedures
  • Performing physical environment cleanliness and upkeep and maintaining accurate records
  • Documenting animal behaviours and activities

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 all across the globe.

In return, we’ll help you build a career with a progressive and dynamic global company by providing full on-site training, a structured career path and starting pay of £12 per hour (annual salary of £22,707), and a generous benefits package including an 8% employer contribution pension scheme, volunteering and bonus opportunities.

If you believe you can Be The Difference and want to be part of a global team at the forefront of medical advances please apply.


Due to high volume of applications we are receiving if you have not heard anything from Charles River Laboratories Edinburgh regarding the next steps of our recruitment process within 3 weeks of the closing date then please conclude you have been unsuccessful.  

Profile and Requirements

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.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.