Connecting Data, Processes, People

tick@lab is a-tune’s software solution for the management of Laboratory Animal Research Facilities. It covers all relevant processes for compliance, operations, animal welfare and provides a single point of access to data and functionality to all persons involved from researchers and facility staff to compliance personnel and management.

Compliance assistance

Mitigates compliance risks and the potentially significant financial risks related


Pro-actively supports the 3Rs and Animal Welfare by creating transparency regarding animal availability and use

Centralized management

Reduces time and costs through structured, centralized management of data and processes and integration with the existing application landscape

Increase cost recovery

Accelerates and increase cost recovery by automation and faster turn-around for billing and invoicing

Functionality. Fully integrated.

Feature overview

  • Management of Protocols and Reporting in accordance with respective legislations and guidelines (e.g. USDA APHIS, EU 2010/63, UK Home Office, German TSchG, other national regulations in Europe, Australia and Asia, AAALAC…)
  • Real time tracking of animal numbers to ensure compliance with approved numbers
Animal Requests & Orders
  • Integration with Finance and eProcurement Systems
  • Order wizard for automated data check against protocol, validation rules and capacity
  • Billing
Facility and Vivarium Management Software
  • Definition and tracking of room capacity
  • Room history and task management; customer defined data templates to replace paper forms
  • Cage Management, Census, Billing
  • Support of RFID and barcodes for cage identification, possibility to interface with “smart” rack and caging systems
Animal Management and Animal Tracking Software
  • Customer designed cage cards with barcode capability
  • Management of animals as batches or individuals
  • Use of barcodes and RFID technologies for identification of animals and cages
  • Extensive animal record including all animal data as for example sex, strain, id, genotype, date of birth, health data, history, weight progression and much more
  • Documentation of experimental usage for Post Approval Monitoring, USDA and AALAC reporting
  • Real-time Tracking of animals and animal numbers for Protocols and of animal transfers between protocols
  • Recording of study protocols
  • Tagging and color marking
(Mouse) Colony Management software and (transgenic) Breeding
  • Management of breeding lines, loci, marking rules
  • Use of barcodes and RFID technologies for identification of animals and cages
  • Mating selection, pairing and timings
  • Genotyping, import of results
  • Tracking of genealogy
  • Customer designed cage cards
  • Tagging and color marking of animals
  • Colony performance reporting
  • Task Requests for planning and communication between facility staff and researchers
  • Support of multiple species as mouse, rat, zebrafish, large animals...
Aquatic Management Software
  • Management of fish/ aquatics as batches or individuals
  • Management of Breeding Events on one or between multiple tanks/ groups
  • Tracking of relevant parameters as clutch size, number of fertilized eggs, fertilization rate
  • Genetics and Genealogy
  • Tanks and Tank Positions (optional)
  • Move, Split and Merge of groups and tanks
  • Complete history
  • Printing of user defined tank labels
  • "Profile" Pictures for secure identification by phenotype
  • Full integration with tick@lab standard functionality as
    ...Compliance Management,
    ...Compliance Reporting (e.g. EU2010/63),
    ...Task Management,
    ...E-mail Notifications
Veterinary and Experimental Records
  • Customer designed templates for animal history records and tasks, for example for veterinary care, study management, science support
  • Import capability for health records and history data
  • Interfaces to Study Data management (e.g. Electronic Lab Notebooks, IDBS BioBook)
Billing and Invoicing
  • Calculation of costs based on per diems, animal procurement, husbandry, services, …
  • Generation of reports and invoices which can be easily customized by facility administrators
  • Interfaces to financial systems
Task Management
  • Tasks can be linked to animals, users, rooms
  • Daily task list and management overview
  • Configurable request and approval workflow
  • Recurring tasks
  • Use of customer defined data forms and templates to provide instructions and collect data
  • Real time tracking and update of task and object history

tick@lab - The Basis

  • Multi-Language Support Choose between the standard languages English, French or German or define any other language package as required.
  • Built-in Flexibility The tick@lab framework enables administrators to configure templates, forms, cage cards, reports and even the user interface including labels, grid views and field properties.
  • Integration Capabilities tick@lab has been built for integration with the existing application landscape, offers a variety of (web service) interface and supports diverse integration technologies. Examples: Electronic Research Data Management (IDBS BioBook), Finance and Procurement (SAP, Oracle, Aggresso), Training Management (CITI, AALAS Learning Library), Authentication and Security (CAS, Shibboleth, Active Directory, LDAP) and a wide range of customer specific systems and applications.
  • Browser independent web application – ready for mobile use No client installation required, support for all standard browsers on all types of client devices including tablets.
  • Audit Trail Full audit trail capability to fulfil CFR21 Part 11 requirements and to enable GLP validation.
  • tick@lab from the Cloud tick@lab is available as a secure, fully managed cloud service reducing infrastructure requirements to the browser and the internet connection.
  • DataMart for ad-hoc Reporting, Data Analysis and Integration

tick@lab - Services

a-tune offers a holistic range of services for the successful and cost and time effective implementation and possibly operation of tick@lab including
  • Process analysis and modelling
  • System configuration and Interfacing
  • Technical consulting (e.g. Oracle, Amazon Cloud...)
  • Training for Users, Administrators, Technical Training
  • tick@lab Cloud Services
  • Operational Support on premise

tick@lab downloads

  • tick@lab System Requirements (EN)
    452.72 KB, August 5, 2020
  • Webinar: in-vivo Workbench - tick@lab/BioBook interface (EN only)
    22.60 MB, July 29, 2015
  • Integrated Data Management (ALN, 01/2012, EN only)
    226 KB, July 29, 2015
  • Case Study: Implementation of tick@lab for a new Animal Facility (EN only)
    391 KB, July 29, 2015