Animal Care Assistant – Group Housing 1 1 1

Company Name: Charles River Laboratories

Location: Reno, NV, US - 89511

Job Duration: 2022-01-14 to 2022-02-13

Overview

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

Responsible for performing operational, administrative and technical tasks to provide comprehensive care for all species of laboratory animals at the site, including:  feeding/watering, sanitizing primary and secondary enclosures, environmental enrichment, handling and restraint and related tasks. Assist with the movement of animals and stocking of supplies. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  •  May handle, restrain, and provide care for all species of animals at the site.
  • May observe animals for general health and overall well being.
  • Clean primary enclosure and enclosure area for animals.
  • Sanitize cages, enrichment devices and other related equipment.
  •  Measure and distribute feed to animals in accordance with established procedures.
  • May provide environmental enrichment with guidance.
  •  Inspect feeding and watering devices for proper function.
  • Perform all tasks in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 
  • Review documentation of functions performed as part of quality control requirements.
  • May assist with the movement/transfer of animals.
  • May perform cagewash duties as assigned.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.) required.
  • Employees must be able to lift, move, manipulate, and/or hold heavy objects up to and including 50 pounds; this includes work materials, equipment, and/or animals.
  • Must be able to perform procedures including entering data into a computer, using appropriate instruments, reaching with hands and arms, working in narrow spaces, and wearing safety equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards.
  •  Must be able to frequently firmly hold species while utilizing fine motor skills.  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Works in a research environment, which requires use of sharp objects, working around mechanical parts, working with or near known or unknown toxic or caustic chemicals and/or biological hazards, exposure to fumes and airborne particles.
  • The employee regularly works with live animals with risk of exposure to dander, allergens, zoonotic disease, and biohazards.  
  • The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high depending upon the species housed. 
  • This position requires overtime, weekend, holiday, and/or after hours shift coverage, as needed.
     

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

.