The issue of compulsory scanning is unfortunately not a simple
one. People take their pets to veterinary surgeries primarily for
medical and surgical treatment, and the Kennel Club would not want
dog owners to be deterred from taking their dog to receive medical
attention because they feel they may be penalised for not having
their dog microchipped. Ultimately the dog's welfare is the
We agree with the BVA's position of recommending microchip
scanning on first presentation to the practice to ensure all dogs
are microchipped and their contact details are correct in order to
comply with the law.
Compulsory microchipping legislation, in place from April 2016,
puts the responsibility firmly on the owner and we feel it is the
responsibility of the dog owner alone to ensure their dog is
microchipped and their contact details are kept up to date on the
relevant database to ensure they will be reunited in the event that
their dog may be lost or stolen.