Senior Veterinary Technician:
Charles River Laboratories

Charles River Laboratories
Houston Texas

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.



We are seeking an experienced Senior Veterinary Technician for our Reseach Model Husbandry site located in Houston, TX.


The Senior Veterinary Technician will work under the direction of veterinary staff, maintain and monitor the health and physical environment of Charles River or external customer animals involving complex instructions and requiring technical expertise. This individual will also assist veterinary staff in the documentation and triage of all laboratory animal health cases. The Senior Veterniary Technician may also perform technical in-life procedures, and coordinate all veterinary care procedures for the service groups to maximize the veterinary staff’s capabilities.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Senior Veterinary Technician position.

  • Education:  Graduate of a collegiate veterinary technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Training Activities or equivalent program in veterinary technology or a four year degree in a relevant life science (e.g. Animal Science, Biology or Veterinary Technology).
  • Experience:  5+ years related experience working with animals in a pre-clinical laboratory or clinical setting; experience working with Nonhuman Primates is preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  LVT license or CVT/RVT certification or a four year degree in a relevant life science (e.g. Animal Science, Biology or Veterinary Technology) combined with AALAS certification at LAT or higher level is required.
  • Other:  Must have demonstrated technical expertise with a variety of animal species with a focus on USDA covered species to include rabbits, nonhuman primates, dogs, pigs and small ruminants.  Experience working in a regulatory controlled environment, adhering to SOP’s.  . Excellent organizational skills, especially with time management and record keeping.  Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.  Ability to lead independently.  Must be proficient in the use of computers (Microsoft Office Suite).  Must be able to work independently.  Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.


Grade level: 29


About Research Models & Services
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond.

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.

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

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