At Alma Veterinary Hospital we strongly recommend that your pet is microchipped as this is the most reliable form of identification.

A microchip is a small chip, similar in size to a grain of rice that is implanted under the animals skin. Unlike a collar and identity tag your pet will not be able to loose their microchip. However we do recommend your pet does also wear a collar and identity tag as if these are not mislaid they are extremely valuable forms of identification.

Each microchip contains its own unique barcode number which appears when scanned by a specially designed microchip reader. All police, vets, animal charities and rescue centers have microchip scanners which therefore maximises the chance of the animal being reunited with its owners as each stray animal should be scanned.


The owner details for the microchips are held on a national database which only organisations owning a scanner are all able to obtain, therefore reuniting owner and pet.

For the microchip to remain the most reliable source of identification it is imperative that owners simply update any contact details held on the database. Microchipping can be done at any age.

This is also a requirement for the pets travel scheme. For more information regarding microchipping or to book an appointment please call the surgery on 01753 858893.