In 2014 Biotope was invited to take on the UK distributorship the worlds leading animal microchips made by Trovan. Trovan are the microchip of choice for a vast number of zoos around the world and pet animals on every continent. Their technology is chosen by megacorporations for tracking equipment in F1, drums of food stuffs, chemicals because of the phenomenal reliability.
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Technical summary

TROVAN FDX-B transponders are available in two configurations:
  • ISO 11784/85 standards compliant.
    • The ID-162 FDX-B Standards Compliant Series features transponders with factory pre-programmed 15-digit ID codes. These transponders are read-only transponders with an unalterable ID code. Our standard, off-the-shelf configuration features the TROVAN manufacturer’s code.
  • Designed especially for animal identification.
  • ISO 11784/85 FDX-B compliant.
  • Bio-compatible glass encapsulation.
  • Pre-sterilized and ready to use.
  • Individually packaged in a disposable single use syringe.
  • Each transponder comes with 6 ea. adhesive labels showing ID number in barcode and numeric format.

Which chip

The mini chip has a superb read range and is proving so easy to use because of the smaller needle we are recommending it is the chip of routine choice. If you have dogs with very thick heavy coats then the larger standard chip is best to get that little extra read range but the mini is ideal for shorter coated breeds.

It is also well established that the smaller chips migrate less.


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Regular chips

ID-162B Animal Implantable Transponder with Needle
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Mini Chips

ID-162B/1.4 Animal Implantable Transponder Mini Chip with Needle
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Anti-migration

Migration isn't talked about much now, various coatings have been applied which are aimed to bond with tissue so fix them in place. Others have a small 'cap'. In our experience these are not reliable and may cause local irritation. Proper placement of smaller chips results in minimal migration.

Syringe Implanters

Reusable syringe style implanter IM-200 and IM-200/1.4 for the Mini chip
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Training courses

To be able to purchase chips Industry requirements are that you must have an implanters code ID i.e. be registered as having received training.
The course takes approximately 4 hrs.
You will be asked to bring 1-3 animals for microchipping. You are welcome to bring a handler/observer but they will not be trained unless you book training for both.
After a short explanation about the chip and its placement, you will use dummy equipment to 'get the feel for chipping'. Once you are happy with this you will chip your animals under the supervision of the vet and trainer.
At the end of the course when you have demonstrated to the vet and trainer that you can safely microchip, you will be given a signed certificate and registered with an implanters code.
The course will be supported with on line information as a 'refresh' when you need it.

Pet chip databases

www.europetnet.com
Petlog also run and promote Microchipping Month every June.
AVID as a US based company chose to opt out of the Petlog database in favour of their own exclusive database - held in the USA.
AnimalCare (brand name IdentiChip) use the AniBase database operated by AnimalCare Inc in the UK. Although they all liaise with Petlog, Petlog is not permitted to view their records.

Europetnet is a group of national and local associations based across Europe who register owner information about pets that have been uniquely identified with a transponder.


 If you wish to find out which database your chip resides on - go to:

www.europetnet.com or www.petmaxx.com and key in the microchip number.
In the UK, there are now five or six!
However, some of these databases are located abroad, operating call centres with little or no local knowledge about the UK. Three are 'company owned' and may therefore use data to promote other products and services - ie sending out advertising material.  
Were endorse the Petlog database which is the biggest and is maintained in the UK by The Kennel Club.   Petlog operate 24/7, are based in Aylesbury and are Founding members of the of the European Pet Network, which means that if you lose your pet in mainland Europe you still have a very good chance of being reunited with it. 

Scanners

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petDetect stock three scanners from the halo (ideal for pet owners) the petscan more sophisticated and ideal for routine use in rescues and the Universal Scanner which readers all microchips used in animals around the world.

Scanning technique

The design of hoop scanners like the halo and the petscan mean that they detect over a greater area when used with the hoop flat against the body. They can be tured through 90degrees for greater depth but then the area scanned is much smaller.

Always scan the whole dog, TAKING YOUR TIME. Our record is finding 4 chips in one rescue dog because previous implanters had done a poor job checking the whole dog!


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