The computerized Animal Research Management System (ARMS) maintains a comprehensive data system for all units involved with nonhuman primate colony management. Information regarding every animal currently or previously maintained by the Washington National Primate Research Center is present in the ARMS data for all WaNPRC venues.
ARMS is a critical component of the daily management of the Center and is utilized on a daily basis for husbandry, clinical care, and research projects throughout the Washington National Primate Research Center.
ARMS personnel input data, maintain records, and assist with questions and data retrieval essential to the ongoing activities of the Center. This information is used for a number of applications within the Center such as:
- Maintaining animal census information
- Tracking animal movements and socialization
- Animal procurement planning
- Management of the Specific Pathogen Free breeding program
- Animal health maintenance
- Research procedure tracking
- Veterinary case management
- Pathogen detection and elimination
- Behavioral management
- Data mining for publication
- General administrative oversight of colony operations