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Zoos, exotics and fish

zoochip logoTrovan microchips have been used and recommended by zoos and wildlife projects worldwide for many years. Now the FDX-B microchip transponders are available in the UK through ZooChip as part of petDetect. They are fully ISO 11784 and 11785 compliant.

petDetect is now part of the veterinary consultancy Biotope Ltd, led by Dr. Peter Scott FRCVS. Working with exotic pets and zoos for over 30 years the practice has great interest in exotics, both in zoos and aquaria, and as pets. Biotope has been an Associate member of BIAZA for many years, and Peter is an long standing DEFRA zoo inspector. Zoos can contact us directly as ZooChip on the petDetect number or email. 

The unique patented design of the Trovan chips, plus six-sigma manufacture and laser programming give fantastic reliability and unlimited read times. Read ranges are excellent. We recommend that zoos look at the ARE H5 and the GR250 scanners, these both have a long read range (approx 9 inches and through a box/wire). The top of the range ARE H5 model can have an extension system which incorporates a reader head over 6ft away!

For wet or rufty/tufty environments the GR250 handset is more suited. It is sealed for use in wet enviroments, it also has the ability to read ALL chips used in animals, so will pick up some of the  specialist chips used around the world and the older ones.

scan microchipped corn snake

In many exotic species microchips must be implanted by a veterinary surgeon due to the requirement for specific anatomial knowledge in order to implant them safely and correctly. We are always happy to help exotic owners find an experienced vet if you contact us. Alternatively, visit the website of our sister company Vetark Professional and use the 'Find an Exotic Vet' search engine on their website.

cockatoo with microchip on X-ray

Microchipping is also very valuable for pet birds as the microchip is generally the only way of identifying an escapee. It also provides powerful supporting evidence of ownership. We know of many birds from Bali Starlings to larger species such as Macaws being implanted without difficulty.

The radiograph on the right shows a microchip in the common site used for birds - the left pectoral muscle (the other 'white stuff' is lead from a key ring - causing poisoning, which was treated!).

Petlog will register microchips implanted in any pet - not just the common species.

implant microchip in pipping muscle of ratites

The WSAVA have produced a list of recommended implant sites for a wide variety of species and we can supply this on request. To the right is a 4 day old emu chick being microchipped in the pipping muscle.

For more information on microchip implantation in exotics, click here.

Tony Loveless still leads our efforts in developing Chips4Fish and we ask fisheries to please contact him directly. Dr. Peter Scott FRCVS our Managing Director is a leading fish vet and happy to support Tony. Our fish page is here.