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Animal Care Specialist II - United States  

Charles River (company)

Posted on : 16 April 2017

Project Description


The individual in this position will be involved in all aspects of animal care for the in vivo services group.  This position is hands-on with responsibilities including, but not limited to animal husbandry, animal handling and restraint, treatment administration, animal health observations, cage changes, room sanitization and accurate documentation of animal health records.
Perform in vivo husbandry procedures including animal receipt
Observes, records and reports atypical findings of the environment, facility and animal health
Administer treatments via various routes
Collect and process biological samples according to appropriate protocol and SOP requirements
Provide quality care and health monitoring for all animals
Identify and report any facility related issues or animal health concerns as necessary
Interact with veterinary staff to convey and assist with animal health issues
Maintain a safe and clean work environment
Adhere to all applicable guidelines for the care and use of animals in research
Perform facility sanitization, including animal rooms, hallways and other areas of the facility as needed
Clearly and accurately document procedures including husbandry and sanitization
Ensure that raw data records are accurate, complete and in appropriate order
Maintain accurate animal health and census records
Stock facilities with supplies needed for daily operations
Assist with review, development and improvement of departments forms and SOPs
Follow company SOPs, Policies, and Practices
Assist Veterinary Staff with animal care as requested, such as physical examinations
Perform other related duties as assigned


Education:  High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.) required. Associate’s degree (A.A./A.S.) in animal science or related field preferred.
Experience:  At least 2 years related experience in animal research and/or husbandry or must have fully satisfied technical and experience requirements for the previous level.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Certification/Licensure:  ALAT preferred.
Other:  Ability to handle common laboratory species.  Effective communication and listening skills in a teamwork environment. Excellent organization skills with minimal supervision enabling effective management of multiple, concurrent tasks and priorities. Proficient in basic technical skills and the operation of data collection equipment. Knowledge of GLPs and other federal regulations and guidelines relating to the care of laboratory animals. Basic understanding of study design and protocols. 
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, which require, talking, hearing, standing or sitting for long periods of time, 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.  
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to work/type at a computer.
Mix of office and vivarium work.  The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to high.
While performing the duties of this job, travel between facilities may be required.
This position requires overtime, weekend, holiday, and/or after hours shift coverage, as needed.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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