Veterinary Tech Surgical Services:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Boston Massachusetts

For nearly 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 e perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.




The position will report to the Associate Director, Surgical Services and will be responsible for overseeing animal health, care and welfare for the large animal Surgical Services Program at Children’s Hospital.  The individual will contribute to and participate in the facility animal health care program, as well as peri and post-procedure animal care.  The veterinary technician will contribute to the documentation of animal health and communicate with research staff.  The individual will provide training to both research and animal facility staff, and serve as an information and technical resource for the institutional animal research community.  The individual will maintain performance levels consistent with and according to Children’s Hospital professional standards and requirements.



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.


  • Reviews and complies with all policies pertaining to the animal care program.  Cares for and maintains laboratory animals in accordance with USDA Animal Welfare Act and policies, the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals,” and other applicable regulations and policies.
  • Works closely with the Veterinarian to perform daily health assessments of the large animals in the Surgical Services Program and maintain all records as needed and associated with this monitoring.  Provides animal treatments as instructed by the Veterinarian.
  • Performs technical functions required by research protocols, such as daily clinical observations, diagnostic testing, administering medications to post-operative animals and health examinations of sick animals, prior to reporting adverse findings to Veterinarian responsible for that area.
  • Provides anesthesia support to all surgical cases.  This includes placement of IV catheters, intubation, and administration of anesthetic agents.  Provides surgical support to the research staff, e.g. animal handling and restraint, blood and other tissues sample collection, injections, and treatments.
  • Responsible for maintaining sterile ORs by cleaning and breaking down at the end of cases. Responsible for making instrument packs, cleaning and autoclaving supplies.  Prepares the OR for the next surgical case. Ensures equipment is in working order prior to the start of a case.
  • Coordinates and processes orders for animal medications (drugs, anesthetics, analgesics, etc.), documents distribution of same, and provides guidance on recordkeeping requirements.
  • Prepares and submits written reports, monthly billing summaries (drug orders) charts, logs and inventories as requested.
  • Provides training for the ARCH staff as it relates to animal care, health and regulations. 
  • Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures. Complies with safety policies and procedures and MSDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances.  Assists with the receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories.
  • Required to work weekends, holidays and evenings as assigned.
  • 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.



Education:  Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science or Veterinary Technology or Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology or equivalent college level program preferred.


Experience:  Minimum of one year related animal care and handling experience required, including one year of technical experience as detailed in the essential duties and responsibilities section 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:  AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technician level (LAT) or above OR successful achievement of LAT certification within one (1) year required.  AALAS certification at the LATg level is preferred.  Veterinary Technician licensure of CVT or LVT preferred.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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



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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 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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