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Animal Care Technician III - United States  

Charles River (company)

Posted on : 26 April 2017

Project Description


  • Review, comprehend and comply with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific area.
  • Monitor daily animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations, animal husbandry duties to maintain quality and health of research animals, to include: perform daily water bottle /automatic water line and cage checks; provide appropriate food and water; perform cage changing and/or cage cleaning as required; record animal health concerns per SOP and/or specified protocols.
  • Provide guidance and training to new and less experienced staff in normal husbandry practices and animal receipt.
  • Assist Group Lead and facility managers in room and facility audits
  • Actively participate in animal enrichment program.
  • Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator or support areas as required by Institute and facility.
  • Assist with restraint, handling and manipulation of various animal species as assigned by the on-site Supervisor or facility veterinarian.
  • Provide simple veterinary care and treatments as assigned by veterinary technician, veterinarian or manager.
  • Perform rodent euthanasia via CO2 and cervical dislocation.
  • Perform isoflurance anesthesia
  • Perform microchip placement in various species (i.e. rodent, rabbit, G. Pigs)
  • Disposes of animal carcasses following established procedures.
  • Strictly follow all procedures necessary to maintain animal housing areas, environments, including room or facility personnel entry; personnel protective equipment use.
  • Receive, inspect and put away incoming animals; ensure and provide for sentinel animals in each rodent housing area. Read various identification systems (notches, microchips, toe clips)
  • Perform rodent ear tag placement.
  • Operate equipment and use supplies according to safety guidelines; perform general housekeeping and adhere to safety procedures.
  • Maintain required attendance level and adherence to work schedule in accordance with required staffing levels in order to ensure that assigned duties are completed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  • Education:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required. Bachelor’s degree (BA/BS) in animal or life sciences field preferred.
  • Experience:  Two or more years directly related laboratory animal care and handling experience required.
  • 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 higher preferred; LAT eligibility and successful achievement of LAT certification within one (1) year of hire/promotion required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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