Veterinary Technician II


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.

Veterinary Technician II

The following are responsibilities related to the Veterinary Technician II:

  • Reviews, comprehends and complies with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific area.  Cares for and maintains laboratory animals in accordance with Animal Welfare Act, the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, NIH policies and guidelines and other applicable regulations and policies.
  • Works closely with Clinical Veterinarian(s) to perform daily health assessments of laboratory animals in the colony.  Provides animal treatments as instructed by Clinical Veterinarian(s).
  • Performs technical functions required by research protocols, such as daily clinical observations and health examinations of sick animals, prior to reporting adverse findings to Clinical Veterinarian.
  • Coordinate and schedule in house animal sampling (blood and tissue removal) as part of the internal health surveillance program.
Veterinary Technician II
  • Provides technical support, e.g. animal handling and restraint, weaning, tail snips, ear tagging, blood and other tissues sample collection, injections, treatments, surgical preparation, pre-, peri-, and post-operative observations, euthanasia and assisting with research procedures as directed.
  • Provides training to staff and customers as directed.
  • Actively interacts with customers as required to resolve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance.
  • Prepares and submits written reports, charts, and logs as requested.
  • Maintains complete and accurate records of animal clinical cases as required by Institute and facility.
  • Provides quality assurance, including animal health surveillance, monitoring of incoming animal shipments for container integrity and animal health, as needed.
  • Perform a variety of detailed technical tasks and procedures relating to the cryopreservation and re-derivation of customer’s animal (mouse) colonies including: timed-administration of super ovulatory hormones and checking vaginal plugs. Responsible for the maintenance of the recipient animal colony.
  • May be required to collect embryos and sperm, perform embryo manipulation(s), cryopreservation of samples, in vitro fertilization and proper handling and usage of liquid nitrogen (LN2).
  • May be required to perform basic surgeries, including ovariectomy, vasectomy and embryo transfer.
Veterinary Technician II
  • Monitors environmental parameters and maintains written records, including room temperatures, light cycles and sanitation.  Reports problems to the building maintenance department.
  • Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures. Complies with safety policies and procedures and SDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances.
  • Assists with the ordering, receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories.
  • Maintains required attendance level and adheres to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Veterinary Technician II

Education & Exp:  HS diploma or GED equivalency required with 4 years with related technical experience required (specifically rodents).  Ideal candidate can also possess a AS in     Vet Technology/science related degree with 3 years experience, BS science related degree with 2 years experience or a US Army Animal Care Specialist (68T) program graduate.

Certification/Licensure:  Certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) level required and must obtain LATG certification within one year.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

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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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Vet