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University of South Dakota Deploys Software for Research Oversight

The University of South Dakota (USD) has adopted new research management software to provide administrative oversight for many of its research studies.

According to Peter Autenried, USD director of laboratory animal resources, the university will deploy a-tune software's tick@lab solution to consolidate regulatory compliance management of its Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Institutional Review Board, Institutional Biosafety Committee, and day-to-day vivarium operations.

"The selection of a-tune was made based on the application's ability to leverage the latest technologies. Browser independence along with the ability to access the software using the iPad, tablet, Mac, or PC was a significant factor," Autenried said in a release. "What also impressed me was that their project team consists of professionals that have worked within the laboratory animal science industry and simply put, they know our business."

Tick@lab software for management of lab animals, breeding colonies, and animal facilities includes:

  • Forms for the submission of protocols as per applicable national laws and guidelines, along with ensured compliance with organization-specific standards, laws, and guidelines;
  • Workflows for monitoring, approval, and forwarding to respective authorities or ethical committees;
  • Individual workflows for requests and orders from external suppliers as well as from internal breeding;
  • Up-to-date information online about current and future occupancy and capacity for rooms, sections, and buildings;
  • Animal CV and history records containing a chronology of all activities and data changes;
  • User-defined templates for all kinds of animal data such as medical observations, treatments, and studies;
  • Management of breeding lines and colonies; and
  • User-defined reporting for animal facility management, users, research, and authorities.

More information about tick@lab is available at

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