In 1990, the Ministry of Agriculture adopted PISA as the Official System for Animal Health Management in Portugal. The system was developed to assist the General Veterinary Directorate and all related government entities in managing and controlling animal health (thousands of animals and farms on a regional, national, continental or global scale) accurately complying with the regulations for EU countries. PISA became a key tool for the management and control of animal health in Portugal. 


Content of the PISA system

  • Veterinary data is registered, processed, entered and updated by each individual or authorised organism, in accordance with their duties and permission
  • Users include the whole hierarchy of veterinary administrators, on-site veterinary surgeons and laboratories responsible for analysing animal samples collected
  • combines data such as the identity, origin and transfer of animals with veterinary (sanitary) information as well as diagnostic and prophylactic measures applied and to be used in the future
  • All animals of veterinary interest are included in a single, unlimited database, which covers decision-making and resource and capital management by entities responsible for animal health management in the country covered by the system

Features of the PISA system

  • Easy to use interface, secure access and automatic updates;
  • Works online (WEB or Desktop), from any PC connected to the central database, or offline, through a local database intelligently synchronized with the central database, which responds to the availability of a communication channel;
  • Flexible system that can be adjusted to the requirements of each specific country, regardless of its dimensions;
  • Used and handled from different regional, national, continental or global points on the animal health control network, in offices or on-site. Users are situated in different geographic locations;
  • Responds to all demands made by the European Community and international organisations belonging to the veterinary sector and complies with the good practices and objectives defined by the IEO – International Epizooty Organisation, that is, “to improve animal health and well-being worldwide regardless of the culture and economic situation of member-countries”.

Main functions of the PISA´s System

  • Centralization of information;
  • Cattle Identification and Registration of owners and farms;
  • Individual Identification of each animal and registry of all farm movements and breeders;
  • Control of animal movements;
  • Collective management through the management of flocks;
  • Chronological registry of all sanitary activity handled by the competent entities;
  • Maintenance of the sanitary description of each animal farm;
  • Registry and maintenance of all the Lab tests, as well as the respective results;
  • Registry of all sanitary slaughters;
  • Registry of all the post mortem tests (samples);
  • Maintenance of the sanitary classification of each registered farms.

The system was adapted, in 2008, to the needs of the Regional Government of Azores, trough the DRDA – Regional Directorate of Rural Development.
The unique characteristics of information processing and sanitary issues in all Azorean islands forced adaptations in relation primarily to the issuance of reports, the methodologies used in calculating emission maps and data analysis.

Type of services provided

Development of the PISA National Animal Health Management System for veterinary purposes, as the management and control of animal health, including:

  • Requirement analysis and specification;
  • Architecture design;
  • Prototype construction;
  • Software development, management and maintenance;
  • Implementation;
  • Training;
  • Technical assistance to the General Veterinary Directorate;
  • Introduction of WEB Services to the system;
  • New data synchronization system between central database and client computers;
  • System core adaptation to allow mobile device usage;
  • Functional modifications to reflect new national and EU regulations strategies and policies;
  • Introduction of mobile RFID and barcode readers;
  • Adaptation of system’s laboratory module according to ISO 17025.
  • Continuous evolution of the system according to customer’s requirements.

This project was entirely developed by Digidelta Software and its permanent staff for the whole duration of the assignment.