Snake Caretaker/ Husbandry/ Venom (Serpentologist)

Job Requisition ID:  31946
Department:  Prod. - Gen. (101)
Category:  Production


Date:  21 Nov 2023

Come and Save Lives with Us!

The Company is a growing international specialty pharmaceutical group that is a dedicated ally to healthcare providers treating patients with critical conditions, focusing on emergency care and rare diseases.  We have over 400 employees in 16 countries.
Our portfolio 80+ rescue medicines make a real difference in the lives of patients and their caregivers and that gives every one of our employees a sense of purpose.

Our Purpose is supported by our 4 key values:

  • We make patients our priority    
  • We act with integrity and accountability 
  • We work together as one team  
  • We look for better ways forward

About BTG

Our current portfolio of antidotes counteracts certain snake venoms and the toxicity associated with some heart and cancer medications. This role is crucial to the care and upkeep of the snakes used in the production of our product, CroFab. 


Broad Function

We have an exciting opportunity for a Staff Serpentologist:


Following an on-site training period, the Staff Serpentologist provides care and maintenance of pit viper specimens including Mojave Rattlesnakes (Crotalus s. scutulatus), Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes (C. atrox), Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (C. adamanteus), Cottonmouths (A.p. conanti), and other pit vipers. The incumbent functions under the established protocols for safety, security, animal welfare, and specimen husbandry.


As a Serpentologist, some of your responsibilities include:

  • Performs safety and security checks daily
  • Performs care and maintenance of pit viper specimens as part of daily routine husbandry
  • Assists with maintaining rodent colonies as needed.
  • Assists with maintaining a clean facility by cleaning cages, sweeping, moping, cleaning surfaces, waste removal and other activities as needed
  • Help maintain security, inventory, feeding and husbandry records and assist with other documentation and record keeping as needed
  • Utilize manual and/or bar-coded specimen/cage data entry and data backup systems
  • Provides data input and storage in support of QA/QMS and EHS activities
  • Provide additional backup coverage when appropriate for routine duties of Senior Serpentologist and Senior Veterinary Technician Specialist
  • Ensuring that all interactions and engagements are carried out with the highest ethical and professional standards and that all work is accomplished with quality and in accordance with BTG values.
  • Carry out other reasonable tasks as required by the Line Manager.


The above duties and responsibilities are not an exhaustive list, and you may be required to undertake any other reasonable duties compatible with your experience and competencies. This description may be varied from time to time to reflect changing business requirements.


Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience in animal husbandry, including a minimum of 1-2 years of experience working with reptiles.
  • Experience and knowledge of Crotalidae, pit viper biology and behaviour.
  • Bachelors’ degree or certificate of advanced education.

Skills and Attributes

  • The successful candidate will be expected to exhibit exemplary workplace skills including interpersonal communication, teamwork, integrity, flexibility, organizational skills, problem solving, accountability, time management skills, and delivery on commitments to the highest standard.
  • The successful candidate will possess a “Can Do” attitude and be dedicated to continuous learning and development.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to maintain the highest levels of employee safety, animal welfare, and be able to internalize and follow all site protocols and procedures.
  • Demonstrate a high work ethic with a commitment to their own success and to the success of the team.
  • Be able to maintain focus and dedication in a fast paced, physically, and mentally demanding workplace.
  • Be able to work independently, efficiently, and safely in a lab environment and around venomous animals.
  • Demonstrate the ability to receive and give constructive feedback.
  • Lifting requirement: Be able to routinely lift 50 lbs


Company Benefits

  • 15 Vacation days and the ability to accrue 1 additional day of vacation earning up to a maximum of 20 day on the employee’s anniversary date each year
  • Medical, Dental, Vision and other Voluntary benefits
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Discretionary Bonus Plan
  • Competitive 401(k)




Serb Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity employer. We offer competitive compensation & benefit packages, challenging opportunities and a culture of working together in a supportive way built on our strong foundation of values.