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BVA welcomes pet microchipping reforms as positive step forward

29 Mar 2024


The creation of a centralised microchipping database will help vets reunite lost or stolen dogs and cats with owners.

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The British Veterinary Association has welcomed the announcement of new Government measures to reform the existing pet microchipping database system.

The announcement by Defra today sets out plans to make microchip records easier to access, improve the accuracy of microchip information, and standardise processes for database operators with the aim of helping reunite stray pets and deter pet theft.

The measures include the creation of a centralised portal for microchip records, which has long been a key ask by the veterinary profession.

Responding to the announcement, BVA President Anna Judson said:

“Microchipping is a vital tool for vets working to identify lost pets and to successfully reunite them with their owners. The British Veterinary Association has been pressing for action to address issues with the current database system, which have been a source of ongoing frustration.

“These new measures are a positive step forwards and the new portal should help vet teams to check multiple databases quickly, identify and reunite cats and dogs with their owners and provide prompt treatment where needed.”


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