Yes. From April 2016 it was a legal requirement for ALL dogs to be microchipped and contact details up-to-date.
The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 is now enforced by local authorities, police constables, community support officers and any other person which the Secretary of State may authorise to act as an enforcer of the regulations.
Yes. From 6th April 2016 every keeper of a dog older than 8 weeks of age must have it microchipped. Microchipped means having the dog both implanted with a compliant microchip and the details set out being recorded by a database operator compliant with the rules set out in the Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016.
Yes. From 6th April 2016 it was compulsory to have your dog microchipped. It is a legal requirement under The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015.
As part of the new law, it is also essential that you keep your registered details up to date. This includes your address if you move house or change your telephone number.
Yes. Microchipping of dogs has been mandatory in Northern Ireland since 2012. The Dogs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 requires dogs to be microchipped in order to obtain a valid dog licence.Sections 13 and 14 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires microchipping of cats and dogs prior to sale/transfer and prior to reaching 12 weeks of age.
Schedule 2 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Schedule 4 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulation 2009 outline what information must be recorded in the microchip database.
From 6 April 2016, microchipping of dogs in all other parts of the UK becomes mandatory in accordance with The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015
Republic of Ireland
No. For instance, in Jersey all dogs aged six months or more must be licensed each year under the Dogs (Jersey) Law 1961. Each licence is specific to one dog and can’t be transferred to another dog.
You don’t need a licence if the dog is:
- younger than six months old
- used solely by a blind or deaf person for their guidance
In Guernsey the Douzaines of five parishes; St Peter Port, Castel, St Saviour, St Pierre du Bois and St Martins agreed to support the GSPCA’s dog microchipping and registration initiative by meeting the initial cost of microchipping through the dog licence fee.
Isle of Man
No. While a new law came into force on 6 April, making dog microchipping compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales. It doesn’t apply to the Isle of Man yet but if you are taking your pet off island, make sure they are chipped and the details are up-to-date.
No Sorry, Section 9(1) of The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 stipulates that no person may implant a microchip in a dog unless:
- they are a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon;
- they are a student of veterinary surgery or a student veterinary nurse and in either case acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon;
- they have been satisfactorily assessed on a training course approved by the Secretary of State for that purpose; or
- before the day on which these Regulations come into force, they received training on implantation which included practical experience of implanting a microchip.
Subject to an exemption for certified working dogs (not applicable in Scotland), all dogs older than eight weeks need to be microchipped and registered with their keeper’s details. The keeper is responsible for keeping these details up to date and, whenever there is a change of keeper, the new keeper must ensure their details are recorded with the database. The details to be recorded on the database are listed in the various regulations and these should be consulted carefully as there are subtle differences between each part of the UK.
A keeper who fails to have their dog microchipped may be served with a notice requiring the dog to be microchipped within 21 days. Only an authorised person (as defined by the regulations) can serve such a notice. It is an offence to fail to comply with the notice. In addition, where a keeper has failed to comply with the notice, the regulations give an authorised person powers to, without the consent of the keeper, arrange for the dog to be microchipped and recover the cost of doing so from the keeper. The regulations also permit an authorised person to take possession of a dog without the consent of the keeper for the purpose of checking whether it is microchipped or for the purpose of microchipping it in accordance with the regulations.
All quantity requirements are catered for but as a general rule;
- Sterile Syringe microchip packs are supplied in re-usable ziplok packs of 10 units with 20 cartons to a shipping outer. ie. 200 units
- Sterile Bulk Needle packs are sold in re-useable ziplok packs of 30 units (including 3 re-useable Syringe implanter units), with 10 packs to a shipping outer. ie. 300 units
- Paper based registration is provided in matching quantities while online registration can be pre-paid and utilised across a number of practices in any vet group.
- Readers/Scanners are sold in any quantity
In order to reduce sharps waste we created the double plunger syringe implanter. This means the microchip is delivered in its own sterile canula (needle) pack, a sterile sealed pouch which includes a protective cap and a set of matching barcodes.
In every ziplok pack we provide 30 individually packed canula’s together with 3 re-usable ergonomic syringe/implanter devices.
Post application the needle is unscrewed, the cap re-applied and the needle assembly unscrewed and disposed of. This means that the syringe element can be re-used multiple times, reducing waste.
In every SwissPlus iD ziplok pack we provide everything you require. regardless of the microchip size (8mm or 12mm).
- 10 x Sterile Pouch Syringe Packs
- 30 x Sterile Bulk Needle/Canula Packs PLUS 3 re-usable syringe handles
Ziplok packs are shipped in outers of 20 for syringe packs and 10 for needle/cannula packs.
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