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New in ZIMS for Medical: Sample Storage helps manage biological samples now and into the future

African white rhino, National park of Kenya

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.

Rachel Thompson, Species360 ZIMS for Medical lead, provides a brief look at the new Sample Storage visual interface.

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.

ZIMS for Medical Sample Storage uses a visual interface to help medical staff more efficiently manage biological samples.

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

Philadelphia Zoo

Dallas Zoo

Usaha Aquarium in Durban South Africa

North Carolina Zoo

Oklahoma City Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo

Wildlife Conservation Society – Bronx, City Zoos and Aquarium

Melbourne Zoo Australia

Florida Aquarium

International Crane Foundation

Minnesota Zoo

Copenhagen Zoo

Adelaide- Zoos South Australia

Monarto Safari Park- Zoos South Australia

Learn more about Sample Storage and see the video overview.

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