Lead Vet Tech, Rodents:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Boston Massachusetts

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.




Under the direction of the Manager, Animal Care, this position provides direction and leadership for the daily operations of BCH veterinary program.  Maintains performance levels consistent with and according to Children’s Hospital Animal Resources (ARCH) standards and requirements.  Collaborates with the husbandry staff to insure that the health and welfare of laboratory animals are maintained in compliance with local, state, federal and institutional guidelines and regulations. Responsible for providing back up and assistance for the Manager, Animal Care.  Serves as a role model for staff.





The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.


  • Responsible for the training of veterinary technicians in the following; animal health rounds, techniques, such as injections, asepsis, and equipment monitoring and maintenance, and veterinary duties as required.


  • Coordinates and assists in ensuring that there is adequate coverage for the animal health reports checks and rechecks.


  • Provides support to veterinary technicians to help cover areas that are lacking coverage.


  • Responsible for ensuring and maintaining veterinary records such as, sentinel health reports, drug log audits, inventory supply as well as ordering supplies for the veterinary group.


  • Assists the assistant veterinary technician with sentinel health monitoring program.


  • Ensures that all animal rooms are rounded on a consistent schedule, meeting with veterinary technicians weekly to discuss and ensure complete rounds are being performed.


  • Maintains quality performance of departmental and client objectives - including meeting/exceeding departmental standards with respect to animal health and welfare.


  • Support and affirm the company policy of Equal Opportunity through Affirmative Action.


  • Conduct routine inspection of all animal holding rooms to ensure all health issues are addressed in a timely manner, post-operative analgesia is being documented, and special logbooks are updated per protocol.
  • Participate in the implementation and training of site-specific standard operating procedures (SOP's), in compliance with all state, federal and industry requirements. Oversee adherence to site SOP's and all required documentation related to department.  Coordinate operations with the assistance of staff support departments and personnel.
  • Inspect and ensure procedural space where animal work is being conducted is being maintained by veterinary technicians through investigator communications in area of responsibility.


  • Actively interact with customers as required to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance. Act as liaison between scientific staff and support personnel.


  • Practices, trains and assists in ensuring that consistent practices of general company and safety policies and procedures, including those related to biohazards, chemical hazards and radioactive substances.  Supervise in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.


  • Maintains required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.


  • Assists in any contract related activity, as assigned by Manager, to complete the required work.




  • Education:  Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree
  •   Two to four years veterinary technical experience in a research setting.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for the requirements as listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) or higher or ability to successfully achieve ALAT certification within one (1) year of hire/promotion required. 




  • Working knowledge of laboratory animal facilities operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and respond timely to the needs of faculty, research personnel and ARCH Client staff to ensure that excellent customer service is provided at all times.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Positive, professional leadership skills to: coach and influence employees; counsel,

discipline and conduct productive performance evaluations. Must be able to follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with clients, customers, coworkers, and supervisors

  • Working knowledge of animal health conditions, treatments, surgical, and anesthesia knowledge.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • The position requires direct contact with a variety of laboratory animal species.
    • Computer literacy in word processing and database record keeping in support of laboratory animal operations preferred.




  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and talk or hear.  The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms and type at a computer or typewriter. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.


  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds and frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.




  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works with computers. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, biohazard materials and risk of electrical shock.


  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

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 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 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 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

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 ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

For more information, please visit www.criver.com.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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