Lead Surgical Technician 1

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Lead Veterinary Surgical Technician

Responsible for performing intermediate, advanced, and complex surgical procedures.   Under the direction of  veterinary staff, maintain and monitor thehealth of animals involving complex instructions and requiring technical expertise.  

The following are responsibilities related to the Lead Surgical Technician:

  • Coordinate all surgical care procedures for the service groups to maximize the surgical staff's capabilities.
  • Develop new or innovative surgical techniques appropriate to research studies.  
  • Develop pilot programs on new surgical initiatives.
  • Assist veterinary staff in the documentation and triage of all animal health cases.
  • Perform and document appropriate clinical observations and notify veterinary staff, study directors, and other appropriate staff of conditions that are indicative of pain and distress or other abnormal findings that could lead to such conditions or compromise studies.
  • Adhere to federal requlations and surgical guidelines.
  • Assist in keeping inventory and stocking, organizing and maintaining vet rooms. 
  • Other related duties as assigned.  

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Lead Surgical 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.
  • Experience:  5+ years related experience working with animals in a pre-clinical laboratory or clinical setting; experience working in a CRO with multi-species preferred.   
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute of above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  SRS certification from the Academy of Surgical Research or equivalent required: AALAS certification at LAT or higher level preferred.  
  • Other:   Must have demonstrated surgical expertise with a variety of animal species with a focus on non-human primates, rodents, rabbits, pigs, and small ruminants.  Experience working in a regulatory controlled environment, adhering to SOPs.   Experience in a GLP environment preferred.  Excellent organizational skills, especially with time managment and record keeping.  Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills.   Ability to lead independently.   Must be proficient in the use of computers.   Must be able to work independently.   Excellent communication skills both written and verbal. 


About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

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 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 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 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to crrecruitment_US@crl.com. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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Salary Range
$48,000.00 - 70,000.00
per Year
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Shrewsbury, MA 01545, US