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Microchip Implantation

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Kristin Spring, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anes.), CVPP, demonstrates how to implant a microchip into a cat. This video is useful for anyone who may be microchipping animals.

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nancy rodriguez's picture

I took the course on implanting microchips and the only the I saw done incorrectly was the needle needs to be pushed in ALL the way before administering the chip. Other wise I think this was a great video. Thank you.

Dani Minick's picture

Don't forget to double check your scanned number to the number included in the microchip pack, they can be incorrect!

Dianna Pepper's picture

They forgot to mention you should always scan the patient first to verify they don't already have a chip.

Caroline Senay's picture

Hi, I am a veterinarian and teacher at Vanier College, Animal Health Technology program in Quebec, Canada and our students have to register to Most of your videos are great and thank you for all the hard work! Some videos however lack details or steps that are important to mention for beginners (eg. 1st year student). I do not tend unfortunately to ask my students to watch those videos. . Here is my main suggestion to improve the educational aspect of your videos. Since most of your videos are intended to students (I presume), I recommend that your video scripts (or SOPs I would call them) are reviewed by educators (or is this is already done?) to ensure that all information is included in the procedure.
eg for the microchip implantation:
1. Scan the pet to verify whether it has a microchip that has been previously implanted.
2. Scan the blister pack to verify that the microchip is functional.
3. Verify that the ID code matches the accompanying barcode labels.
4. Optional: disinfect the injection site with an approved disinfectant
5. Implant the microchip subcutanously between the 2 scapulas, needle directed caudally (to prevent inadvertant insertion of the needle in the head if the patient is moving).
6. Verify that the microchip is functinal by scanning the pet with the scanner.
7. Complete the pet's registration according to the microchip manufacturer.
Also, one thing that could be great is you could make those scripts or SOPs available.
FYI, in Quebec Canada, microchip implantation is a veterinary act but can be delegated to a technician under supervision.

Caroline Senay's picture

...and pinch the skin over the needle while removing the needle out. :)

Rachel Medo's picture

Hi Caroline,

My name is Rachel and I work on the atDove team here at DoveLewis. Thanks for leaving such thorough comments and suggestions on this video.

I will see if we can get an updated version made that address some of the points you brought up. When a new video is created, we'll reach out to you and let you know where you can watch it.

We really appreciate hearing from our members about our content. Thank you!