The VSC uses AnimalTrax to process many VSC requests, such as animal ordering, requesting housing transfers, census management using information imported from your APLAC protocol. Some of the key features are:

  • Submitting animal requisitions online
  • Online PTA management (add PTAs based on each protocol you have assigned)
  • Real-time tracking of the number of animals available for ordering
  • Monthly invoices sent to your financial contacts
  • Automated census and cage tracking via green RFID cards
  • Email notifications of animal deliveries

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2022 Winter Closure Announcements

The Veterinary Service Center will be operating under minimal staffing levels during the winter closure, December 21, 2022, through January 3, 2023.

Orders:  Orders will not be processed, and animals will not be delivered during the winter closure:

  • For delivery on December 12, 13, 14 or 15, 2022, orders must be submitted by Wednesday, December 7th.  There will be no deliveries on Friday, December 16th.
  • For delivery the week of January 2, 2023 orders must be placed by 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 15th.
  • Animal orders submitted after 12:00 noon on Thursday, December 15, 2022 will not be processed until the week of January 2, 2023 for delivery the week of January 9, 2023.


For questions regarding animal orders, contact Shannon Weaver or Shalamar Hayes. Contact information can be found at the VSC Directory under "Animal Procurement."

Rodent Imports, standard:  The last day for receiving imports will be Thursday, December 15th.
Rodent Imports, large (more than 20 cages) or shipments with incomplete health information, as determined by VSC:  The final day for receiving these shipments will be Thursday, December 8th.  These shipments are subject to extended quarantine and are estimated for release out of quarantine on January 27, 2023.

Rodent Exports:  The last day for shipping exports will be Wednesday, December 14th.   Exports will resume the week of January 2, 2023.  

Internal Transfers:  Requests to transfer animals must be submitted by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 for transfer by Thursday, December 15, 2022. Transfers submitted after noon on December 13th will not be processed until January 4, 2023. CMP - RAF shuttles will continue to operate throughout Winter Closure.  For other facilities: Investigators may not self-transfer cages in animal facilities during Winter Closure unless a previous agreement has been documented with labs with VSC personnel.

Split/Weans: All split/wean requests must be submitted by 12:00PM PST Monday, December 19th. Stickers and log sheets will not be printed during Winter Closure. Labs may plan ahead and submit Splitting/Weaning requests to accommodate split/wean requirements during the closure. Processing split/wean requests will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2022.

April 2022 Update to AnimalTrax
AnimalTrax was updated to 2.7.93 on April 2022. Please see below for a summary of the latest updates.


General Updates:
  • Search Document Tool: Leading zero requirements for Search Document Tool has been removed for the Search Document Tool.  All documents (requisitions, transfers, barcodes) can be searched without providing “000” or “0000” preceding the actual number.
  • Animal Orders: Cage cards now include their order’s respective line-item number associated with each barcode. Line numbers are denoted by a hyphen (-).
  • Updates to the DFA Role: Expired protocols now appear when viewing invoices.
  • Immediate fix: Email Templates: Emails sent to investigators have been updated for better wording and phrasing.
  • Improved Page Load Times for Cage Card Report.

One-on-One Training for Researchers

Are you a new researcher and need some help with learning how to use AnimalTrax for your lab? Learn how to submit animal orders, internal/external transfers, split/wean guidelines, reports, and more. Training is specialized for your lab's needs.

Offered every Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays, excluding Stanford Holidays upon request via zoom or in person for you and/or your lab - no charge.

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