The Animal Products (Export Requirements – Cats and Dogs) Notice 2012 will come into effect on 1 September 2012.
For official veterinarians to sign an official assurance (export certificate) they need to be able to confirm the identification of the animal. This notice makes it mandatory for all cats and dogs exported from New Zealand that require an official assurance, to be microchipped prior to being presented for certification.
If there are any tests or treatments that need to be completed as part of the Official Assurance then the animal should be microchipped prior to these and the microchip number recorded on all documentation.
Microchips should be ISO-compliant or a reader capable of reading the microchip would need to be provided by the exporter/owner.
Due to the nature of microchips it is recommended, in cases where animals have been microchipped several years prior, to have the microchip scanned and confirmed prior to the certification appointment, as sometimes they move or become unreadable.
The notice will be available on the Ministry for Primary Industries public website:
Animal Exports Team
Ministry for Primary Industries
Ph: 0800 00 83 33