The field that comprises “bioinformatics” is really huge. Some people think it is mostly about sequence analysis. But I have been charged with everything from image analysis (for microscopy) to animal colony management software (for mouse breeding) in my career–and everything in between.
Today I wanted to mention that the search for colony management software arises every few months or so on the mailing lists that I’m on. RGD (Rat Genome Database) has collected a list of tools for this purpose, which you can find here:
Most are commercial, MGI’s is freely available. It will really depend on what you need to do (and your budget, of course).
Big Bench Software
Colony Management Software at MGI
Colony Management Software at BRM [Mary: seems a service, not a program...]
Topaz Technologies’ Scion
Transgenic Software’s Villager
They have other useful information over there that includes physical aspects of animal breeding, not just electronic needs. Check it out if you find yourself in need of guidance on this topic.