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Microchipping of dogs has been mandatory in Northern Ireland since 2012. From 6 April 2016, microchipping of all dogs will be compulsory in England, Scotland and Wales.
Veterinary Medicines Directorate have published the first annual report 'Microchip adverse reporting scheme: review from voluntary to compulsory reporting April 2014 to December 2015' [PDF 729 KB, last accessed 30/6/2016]
Revelant legislation is as follows
RCVS advice for Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Nurses
Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons - Supporting guidance
Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Nurses - Supporting guidance
- Chapter 29. Microchips, microchipping and animals without microchips
- Chapter 29.17 - 29.19 Microchip Adverse Event Reporting Scheme
- Chapter 29.32 - 29.33 Ownership disputes. Additional guidance on client confidentiality and microchipped animals is available to download in the form of a Flow chart.
- Chapter 13.7 - 13.9 Clinical and client records
- Chapter 21.12 - 21.15 Certification
A selection of journal references
- WSAVA Microchip Identification Guidelines [last accessed 1912/2016]
- WSAVA Microchip Committee Position on microchips and cancer [PDF 323 KB, last accessed 19/12/2016]
- Scott, P.,Hack, P. and Heneghan, K. (2015) Practical issues surrounding microchips and the microchipping of dogs (England) regulations. Companion Animal, 20 (6), pp. 347-351
- Walsom, C. (2015) Microchipping: how legislation will impact your practice. The Veterinary Nurse, 6 (4), pp. 206-207
- Hammond, B. (2013) Microchip databases - the facts. Veterinary Nursing Journal, 28 (10), pp. 333-335
More references on microchipping from a search on CABAbstracts database is available to download from the 'Related documents' box.
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