I think what you’re doing is fantastic. I would like to make you aware of something. I have worked in the veterinary business for a number of years. I was fired from my last job as a practice manager for “getting too involved” in a case where a dog came in to the practice.
I scanned and checked the microchip details and, long story short, it turned out the dog was stolen and had been sold on to the new unsuspecting owner. Understandably, the new owner was upset as he had fallen in love with the dog. I contacted the vet who implanted the chip who then got in touch with the old owner. The old and new owners were put in contact with each other and they sorted the matter out between them and the dog stayed with the new owner.
However, it cost me my job, and this attitude is not uncommon in veterinary practice. According to this practice owner, receptionists should check chips are present but not check the details are registered correctly. That part is deemed the responsibility of the owner.
My opinion is that if vet practices don’t uncover instances of dog theft, then who does? The old owner of the dog I mentioned has peace of mind that the dog is ok and being well looked after, and the new owner is now the proper registered keeper and has full knowledge of the history of the dog and peace of mind that everything is above board and legal.
WE WANT VETS TO CHECK MICROCHIP REGISTRATION ON NEW PETS AT THEIR FIRST APPOINTMENT TO HELP REUNITE MISSING MICROCHIPPED DOGS AND CATS THAT HAVE BEEN KEPT OR SOLD ON TO UNSUSPECTING NEW OWNERS.
That’s why we microchip our pets isn’t it ?!?!?!?
Ask your vet what their practice policy is on microchip scanning and checking microchip registration. You may need to find your pet one day!
#ScanMe #CheckThatChip #teamvet
British Veterinary Association – BVA RCVS – Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons BSAVA Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)