Every person who implants cats and dogs with a microchip must be an authorised microchip implanter.
In Queensland authorised implanters must only use microchips that are prescribed permanent identification devices.
Laws applying to microchip implanters
The Act includes provisions that regulate the implantation of microchips in Queensland. An authorised implanter cannot implant a microchip in a cat or dog less than 8 weeks old unless at least one of the following is met:
- The implanter is a veterinary surgeon who considers implanting the microchip is not likely to be a serious risk to the health of the cat or dog.
- There is a signed veterinary surgeon´s certificate for the cat or dog stating that implanting the microchip when it is less than 8 weeks old is not likely to be a serious risk to the health of the cat or dog.
Penalties may apply if authorised implanters do not meet these requirements.