Microchips are another means of identification for linking pet animals with their owners. People who opt for having microchips implanted in their pet animals do so because they want that extra level of identification protection that microchips offer.
We check chips at the clinic for anyone who wants us to so they can be sure everything is working as it should. It comes as a big shock to these people if we find that the product does not actually do what they thought it was supposed to. There are three main reasons for this “failure to link” occurring:
- The first area of unreliability is a consequence of animals being registered on local / regional registers as opposed to proper national ones.
- The second area of unreliability is found in situations where the chip-link data has been logged incorrectly or is stored on non accredited registers.
- The third problem results when chip data has been logged on a local government database that is intended to be a council registration system rather than a “lost and found” one
So what’s the problem?
It is no secret that there are many different microchip products and services available on the market today. It is no secret that these products and services vary in both type and quality. It is no secret that Australia is a very big place in which people and their pet animals move about from place to place and from time to time. Finally, it is no secret that the operator scanning for a pet animal microchip is hardly EVER going to be the same operator who implanted the chip in the first place.
It is easy to see that when different brand chips, different brand scanners and different data registries are being used from one place to the next, all over the country, it is not as simple as it first might seem. The pet cat that was microchipped in Sydney might have a chip that does not “link” properly after its owners have moved to Townsville.
» Approved chip type
» Correct “multi read” scanner
» Accredited database register
» Correct implanting technique
To overcome this microchip problem in Australia, there is now a National Australian Veterinary Association Microchip Standard that determines which chips, which scanners, which registries and which implanting techniques are mutually compatible and therefore acceptable across Australia.
This vital standard (at last) provides an effective method of Quality Assurance for microchip users and consumers in Australia.
Because all this is so important, WSVC (our practice), like many others, has undergone the AVA accreditation (quality assurance) process. Being an accredited microchipping centre means that clients of the practice can be reassured that the microchips that are implanted into their pets for them, will perform properly. A critical part of this process is the mandatory requirement that every microchip implanted in this practice will only be linked to an accredited registry. Not all registries are and it matters a lot that they should be.
So if you have had your pet animal microchipped and want us to do the “link check”, just ask next time you make a booking for an appointment or treatment. If you ask any of our clinic the customer “Quality Assurance” question about accreditation and microchipping, we won’t be looking at you like you have come from Mars or something.