Implantation of dog microchips

How to apply to run a microchip implantation course


Application for dog microchipping implantation training course

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The rules are different if you’re in Scotland or Wales.

Who can implant microchips

Under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015 dogs must be microchipped by a trained professional, for example:

  • a veterinary surgeon or veterinary nurse acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon
  • a student of veterinary surgery or a student veterinary nurse and in either case acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon
  • someone who has been satisfactorily assessed on a training course approved by the Secretary of State for that purpose or
  • before the day on which these Regulations came into force, they received training on implantation which included practical experience of implanting a microchip.

Apply to run a microchip implantation training course

To apply to run a course on microchip implantation approved under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, training providers (companies/organisations) should complete the application form.

In addition to the application, providers will need to provide:

  • a list of the course ‘s learning outcomes and assessment criteria and an explanation of how these fulfill or match onto the learning outcomes and assessment criteria listed in the application form
  • details of the candidate assessment process
  • where these relate to the internal or external quality assurance of implanter candidate assessment, these should include information on:
    • the qualification and/or experience of assessors (both relating to microchip implantation and candidate assessment)
    • details of any forms/records used in assessment and their storage/retention
    • details of how the consistency of assessments will be checked.

Send the completed application form with the required supporting documentation to the Policy Liaison Team


Approval will be given to candidates that successfully demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of an competence in the microchip implantation process.

A letter confirming the approval of training courses will be sent to the candidates.

Published 27 November 2018