Vets 'delighted' with 2015 microchipping deadline

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says it is "delighted" the Welsh Government's announcement that all dogs in Wales must be microchipped by 1 March 2015.

The decision follows a public consultation here.

Compulsory microchipping legislation came into force in Northern Ireland last year, and will be introduced in England from April 2016.

This is fantastic news for dog welfare in Wales. Microchipping provides veterinary practices, charities, and dog wardens with the ability to reunite lost and stray dogs quickly and safely with their owners.

It is important to remember that microchips are only as useful as the information held on the database and so we must all work together with the Welsh Government to ensure that dog owners understand the importance of keeping their information up to date.

– Bob Stevenson, President of BVA Welsh Branch

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