New Nationally Recognised Microchip Implant Training Qualification Now Available!

Posted: 1 September 2015 at 11:56 am

There is now a new nationally recognised qualification, the VetSkill Level 3 Award in Implantation of Identification Microchips in Animals, available for those who want to train to implant microchips into dogs, cats, rabbit and ferrets.


Earlier this year new legislation, The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, came into effect to improve and regulate standards of microchipping in the UK. This now means that people who wish to train to implant microchips into dogs must do so via a training course which is recognised by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra); exemptions to this are veterinary surgeons, (or registered veterinary nurses, veterinary students and student veterinary nurses acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon).


This Level 3 Award in Implantation of Identification Microchips in Animals is not only a training course but is a qualification in its own right approved by Ofqual and recognised by Defra. Successful delegates will have their name included on an online register of qualified microchip implanters which will allow pet owners to choose to get their animal microchipped by someone who has been trained to the highest standard.


VetSkill Chairman, Greg Warman, said “We welcome this new legislation which places greater emphasis on the training and regulation of those involved in the microchipping of animals. Although microchipping is a relatively safe and quick procedure, there is always a risk if not performed correctly; having legislation in place that helps protect the welfare of animals is something we fully support”


He continued “Our new qualification will be assessed by a veterinary surgeon or registered veterinary nurse, ensuring that delegates receive the highest quality training and support. Upon successful completion of an examination and practical assessment, an opportunity to be listed on an online register of qualified microchip implanters will be given. As an awarding organisation, we strongly believe in keeping skills and knowledge up to date, to this end, in order to remain on the register, all microchip implanters will need to attend a refresher course every five years”.