Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the VetCompass Australia Database

Martin Combs, Paul D McGreevy, Sophie Masters, Leonie Richards, R.J. Soares Magalhaes, Anne Peaston, Peter J. Irwin, Janice Lloyd, Catriona Croton, Claire Wylie, Bethany Wilson

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Abstract: In Australia, compulsory microchipping legislation requires that animals are microchipped before sale or prior to 3 months in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, and by 6 months in Western Australia and Tasmania. Describing the implementation of microchipping in animals allows the data guardians to identify individual animals presenting to differing veterinary practices over their lifetimes, and to evaluate compliance with legislation. VetCompass Australia (VCA) collates electronic patient records from primary care veterinary practices into a database for epidemiological studies. VCA is the largest companion animal clinical data repository of its kind in Australia, and is therefore the ideal resource to analyse microchip data as a permanent unique identifier of an animal. The current study examined the free-text ‘examination record’ field in the electronic patient records of 1000 randomly selected dogs and cats in the VCA database. This field may allow identification of the date of microchip implantation, enabling comparison with other date fields in the database, such as date of birth. The study revealed that the median age at implantation for dogs presented as individual patients, rather than among litters, was 74.4 days, significantly lower than for cats (127.0 days, p = 0.003). Further exploration into reasons for later microchipping in cats may be useful in aligning common practice with legislative requirements.
Original languageEnglish
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Number of pages10
JournalAnimals
Volume9
Issue number7
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Publication statusPublished - 05 Jul 2019

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Combs, M., McGreevy, P. D., Masters, S., Richards, L., Soares Magalhaes, R. J., Peaston, A., ... Wilson, B. (2019). Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the VetCompass Australia Database. Animals, 9(7), NA. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9070423
Combs, Martin ; McGreevy, Paul D ; Masters, Sophie ; Richards, Leonie ; Soares Magalhaes, R.J. ; Peaston, Anne ; Irwin, Peter J. ; Lloyd, Janice ; Croton, Catriona ; Wylie, Claire ; Wilson, Bethany. / Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the VetCompass Australia Database. In: Animals. 2019 ; Vol. 9, No. 7. pp. NA.
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Combs M, McGreevy PD, Masters S, Richards L, Soares Magalhaes RJ, Peaston A et al. Identification of Microchip Implantation Events for Dogs and Cats in the VetCompass Australia Database. Animals. 2019 Jul 5;9(7):NA. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani9070423