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Rodent Veterinary Technician

Job Title: Veterinary Technician, Rodent Services                                                                
Location: Boston, MA
Job ID: 138711
Position Offers a $2000 Signing Bonus

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 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.
Come work for an organization whose passion comes from their commitment to helping you help others, where our values guide our decisions and actions; they are the standards we hold ourselves to each day. Be the Difference! CARE, LEAD, OWN AND COLLOBORATE.
We offer an excellent benefits package, and the opportunity to work with an amazing team and support a research community in their research endeavors!!
As a Veterinary Technician you will be responsible for the daily care of lab animals in a research facility. You’ll work closely with the veterinarians to perform health assessments and maintain records in association to this. Provide treatments according to SOPs or as instructed by the vet. The VT will provide technical skills training to the research community in support of approved protocols to include animal handling and restraint, weaning, tail snips, ear tagging, blood and other tissue sample collection, injections, treatments, surgical preparation, pre-, peri- and post-operative observations and euthanasia. Train other staff on animal care and health.
Responsible for coordinating and processing orders for animal medications (anesthetics, analgesics, antibiotics, etc.). Will document distribution of medications and provide guidance on recordkeeping. Conduct routine inspections of animal holding rooms to ensure the health and well-being of the animals. You’ll prepare and submit written reports, monthly billing summaries (drug orders, overcrowded cage charges) as requested. Ensure that the health and welfare of the lab animals are maintained in compliance with institutional, local, state, and federal guidelines, and for regulations for the facilities.
The following are minimum qualifications related to the Veterinary Technician position:
•    Education: A.A./A.S in veterinary technology or equivalent college level program.  B.A./B.S. or equivalent in animal science preferred.
•    Experience: 6 to 12 months rodent (primarily mice) care and handling experience as well as veterinary technical skills required. Basic knowledge of mouse (and rat if possible) technical skills, including handling and restraint, injection and phlebotomy techniques. Must be capable of identifying sick animals and summarizing findings.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. Experience in lab animal not a must, willing to train those with desire to work in the industry that have the technical skills, attention to detail, the drive and willingness to learn.
•    Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification at the ALAT OR successful achievement of within 1 year required. Veterinary Technician licensure of CVT or LVT is preferred.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.