Microchipping dogs

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

The Microchipping of Dogs (Scotland) Regulations 2016

The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015

The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015

The Dogs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011


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


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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