Defra says those who are microchipping cats and ferrets must also be trained!

Posted: 29 June 2016 at 11:08 am

Following a request by VetSkill seeking clarification as to whether, or not, those microchipping cats, ferrets and rabbits must also be trained under a Defra approved training course the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has stated that:

‘Whilst the requirements in The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 apply to those people implanting microchips into dogs, under article 10A of The Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals Order 2011 it is a requirement for cats and ferrets to be implanted with a microchip by one of the following category of persons:

(a) they are a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon,
(b) they are a student of veterinary surgery or a student veterinary nurse and in either case are acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon,
(c) they have been satisfactorily assessed on a training course approved by the appropriate authority for that purpose, or
(d) before the 29th December 2014 they received training on implantation which included practical experience of implanting a microchip.

Whilst there are no such requirements for rabbits it is obviously good practice for any animal to be microchipped by someone who can demonstrate that they have the necessary competence to carry out the procedure.’

Leslie Heaton-Smith of The College of Animal Welfare who offer the VetSkill nationally recognised qualification in Microchipping confirmed that both their classroom and online/blended learning courses cover dogs, cats, ferrets and rabbits. He stated that ‘Animal welfare is key to this and lay people should not be microchipping these animals if they are not qualified to do so’.