New in ZIMS for Medical: Sample Storage helps zoo, aquarium, and other wildlife veterinarians manage biological samples for animal care and species conservation.
“Millions of unique samples are at the core of our ability to care for and save individual animals and species, now and far into the future. ZIMS vastly improves how the zoo, aquarium, and wildlife communities manage sample resources worldwide,” said Paul Calle, Chief Veterinarian and Vice President for Health Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society, and a member of the Species360 Board of Trustees.
Every day, zoos, aquariums, and wildlife institutions worldwide collect and save animal samples such as blood, tissue, or hair against future needs. Whether that future need is for genetic analysis, population conservation, disease monitoring or basic research, Species360 members need to know exactly what sample types have been stored, how they are being preserved, and where the material is located.
“Philadelphia Zoo is home to more than 1,300 rare and endangered animals, and it is extremely important for us to participate in research and discovery to improve the care and conservation of these species. We expect ZIMS Sample Storage to make it a lot faster and easier to manage our samples, to share information across teams, and to support incoming research requests,” said Jenna Heinze, CVT, Veterinary/Lab Technician, Philadelphia Zoo, and one of several Species360 members previewing Sample Storage.
Developed in partnership with zoo, aquarium, and other wildlife veterinarians and veterinary technicians, ZIMS for Medical – Sample Storage addresses this challenge by helping medical staff track biological samples and the history of the animal they represent.
By maintaining a link to ZIMS animal records, health status, sample collection details and more, Sample Storage adds detail that can be critical to discovering breakthroughs in animal welfare and species conservation.
Thanks to our members and partners that helped to make this happen, especially all those that previewed the solution and provided input, including:
Beaval Zoo- France
Brookfield Zoo Chicago
Usaha Aquarium in Durban South Africa
North Carolina Zoo
Oklahoma City Zoo
Wildlife Conservation Society – Bronx, City Zoos and Aquarium
Melbourne Zoo Australia
International Crane Foundation
Adelaide- Zoos South Australia
Monarto Safari Park- Zoos South Australia