A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin, usually on their back near the shoulders. It can be done during a normal consultation. The microchip is embedded with a code unique to your pet and is the most effective form of permanent identification. This code is placed onto a national computer database, so it is particularly useful in the return of lost pets. They can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. In some states of Australia microchipping of pets is now compulsory.

If you move address or change your contact details, make sure you update your pet’s entry on the pet registry.

If a pet is ever lost and is handed in at a veterinary clinic or animal shelter a microchip scanner is passed over the animal to reveal the unique code. The vet or animal shelter can then refer to the database to identify the name, address and phone number of the owner, so they can be reunited.

If your pet is not microchipped please give us a call to make an appointment to have one inserted.  


The introduction of source numbers is part of Victorian Law to assist in the traceability of dogs and cats while supporting the Pet Exchange Register (Per) to identify the source of thousands of dogs and cats bred or purchased in the community each year.  Source numbers a part of a suite of legislation introduced to provide better outcomes for dogs and cats.

Under section 12A of the DA act, all cats and dogs must be implanted with a microchip prior to it being sold or given away - this Act has been in place since 2018.

To obtain a source number please follow the links at: