PyRAT (Python-based Relational Animal Tracking) is a web-based lab animal colony management software, which enables comprehensive and transparent handling of animal facility data. Since it is web-based, this data is easily and securely accessible from anywhere with Internet or intranet capabilities, offering users convenient and time-saving off-site access. PyRAT's many features aim at reducing and simplifying the overall administrative workload of the facility manager.
PyRAT provides simplification and automation of work processes, which increases efficiency, reduces costs, and improves data reliability. All relevant data is stored in a central database and is accessed via an Internet or intranet connection, providing real-time information anytime, anywhere. Process efficiency is greatly improved through automation of standard procedures and administration. Automatic notification of events results in better responsiveness to potentially critical issues.
For those whose work involves the creation of transgenic animals, we offer PyRAT Transgenic. This software has all of the features of PyRAT but with added functionality for transgenic facilities. It tracks the acquisition, cryogenic storage, and microinjection of embryos, as well as their transfer to foster mothers. The donor and foster animals come directly from PyRAT, and the transferred embryos later become pups in the system. This allows the entire life of a transgenic animal to be tracked, from egg to adulthood, all in one place.
Some PyRAT Transgenic features include:
- A cryopreservation database with a detailed representation of tanks
- Complete embryo cell tracking system, from isolation and preservation, to thawing, transfer, and transgenic offspring
- Colony statistics that enable line and stock management at a glance
- User-configurable views (embryos, animals, transfers) to support your workflows
This feature tracks all breeding events as well as the related pups (a separate pup list is offered in addition to the animal lists). Special cage layout is supported for large breeding cages.
PyRAT enables line/strain management and supports animal genotyping.
Print labels for Eppendorf tubes directly in PyRAT.
This feature helps users maintain governmental compliance.
PyRAT tracks an animal from birth and maintains a detailed record of all of its related events. From breeding and birth to sacrificing of the animal, all steps in an animal's life are documented. A user and time stamp are automatically associated with each event, avoiding confusion regarding who did what to which animal. This in turn aids in maintaining potential documentation requirements within the facility.See more...
Different layouts, with optional bar coding are available for stock, breeding and experiment cages.
Pedigree information is shown graphically for easy reference.
PyRAT offers extensive reports and alerts, including weaning reports, breeding information, and cage/animal use.
Animal orders (with or without budget constraints) can be automatically sent to suppliers and imported into PyRAT upon delivery and approval.
Special services can be ordered and billed in PyRAT.
Quickly retrieve budgeting information for animal housing (based on cage categories, species, location), procedures, orders, and services. For each user, automatically generate invoices with individual layout containing selected relevant costs.
Upload all file types and attach them to animals, lines, authorizations, orders, locations, or users.
PyRAT enables the definition of a location tree (building, area, room, and rack), allowing the organization of cages in the system to match that in the facility.
PyRAT maintains an internal user database that allows the administrator to create new users and control their access levels to the software. Users can be granted permission to simply view the data, administer certain groups or projects, modify animal information (animal caretakers), or administer the entire colony database.
The work request management feature allows efficient communication between scientists, staff, and administration (without e-mails or phone calls). Tasks can be grouped into work classes and assigned to a staff member based on class. This feature also documents time, date, and initiator of a request to avoid potential misunderstandings.
Users can individually select the data which is displayed in PyRAT's list views (animal list, cage list, reports, etc.).Hide text...
PyRAT is currently in use at over 60 institutions, on 3 continents, and in 14 different countries. Our clients range from small labs to large research facilities. References include:
I have no clue how we could ever get all our work done in time without PyRAT. It makes data handling so much easier.
PyRAT will run on any Linux or Unix based server that can support the Python scripting language and the MySQL database software. We recommend an Intel or AMD based Ubuntu server with a speed greater than 2GHz and with at least 4 GB of RAM. Larger sites (>10000 live animals) may require a more powerful server.
On the client side, PyRAT can be accessed by any device (laptop, mobile, tablet, etc.) with one of the following browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or IE11.
Scionics offers several purchase options based on the needs of a facility. We offer full license purchases as well as hosted solutions for those facilities supporting a limited number of animals. Additionally, we offer service and support packages which include biannual software updates.
Please contact our product management team to discuss which option best suits your organization and to request detailed pricing information.