All dog owners in England, Wales and Scotland, must get their dogs microchipped to ensure they are compliant with the law. It is the responsibility of the keeper to ensure that contact details for the dog/dogs are kept up-to-date to ensure a dog can be reunited with its owner in the event that it is lost or stolen.

Check A Microchip

To check an animal’s details, visit the Petlog website and enter the microchip number in the search engine.

Implanter Guidance

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From the 24 February 2015 anyone wishing to implant microchips in dogs in England may only do so if:

  1. They are a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon

  2. They are a student of veterinary surgery or a student veterinary nurse, and in either case acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon

  3. They have been satisfactorily assessed on a training course approved by the Secretary of State for that purpose

  4. Before these regulations come into force they receive training on implantation, which includes practical experience of implanting a microchip

Once these regulations are in force, anyone implanting a microchip who is not covered in groups 1-4 above is punishable on conviction by a fine of up to level 2 on the standard scale (currently £500).

Lantra have developed a Level 3 Award in Performing Microchip Implementation in Animals, courses that meet the requirements of the regulations are currently being offered by Peddymark, Micro-id, Smartchip and The Microchip Traders Association.

The Lantra qualification covers:

• Knowledge and understanding of current legislation and safety requirements

• Knowledge and understanding of the use of microchips in animals

• How to safely handle and restrain animals

• How to select and prepare the animal for microchipping

• How to safely perform microchip implantation

• How to carry out post-implantation procedures

Mis-implantation or any other adverse reaction, it is now a legal requirement that this should be reported to the VMD.

Scanning Guidance

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Before scanning an animal, check that the scanner is working and that you know the correct orientation of the make of scanner being used to maximise the likelihood of detection in the microchip.

The microchip scanner should be passed slowly over the surface of the animal, moving the scanner in an “S” shaped pattern over the dorsum of the animal.

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Scanning should begin and concentrate over the standard implantation site in the UK, which is midway between the shoulder blades (this should take 10-20 seconds). If no chip is detected, rotate the scanner 90 degrees and rescan the animal.

If the microchip is not detected here, you should scan down the left side of the neck (the standard implantation side in Europe) then down the back, on the sides, over the shoulders and down to the elbows.

If a microchip is still not detected where there is evidence that a microchip has been implanted the following should be considered:

  • Scan other areas of the body to see if the microchip has migrated. Start at the pet’s head, and slowly scan side-to-side all the way to the pet’s tail. Then, slowly scan down the pet’s leg, across its neck, along and under its chest and behind its front legs.
  • Change the orientation of the scanner and rescan the animal.
  • Rescan the animal with a different scanner.