After-hours/Emergency Phone: 07 573 7606

07 573 7606

Te Puke Veterinary Centre Ltd


A microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and is injected under your pet’s skin. 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 our database. We highly recommend that the microchip number is also registered with the New Zealand Companion Animal register database to make it more useful in the return of lost pets. A microchip can also assist where the ownership of an animal is in dispute. Since 1 July 2006, all dogs registered in New Zealand for the first time (except farm dogs used for stock control) must be micro-chipped.


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 micro-chipped, please give us a call on 07 573 7606 to make an appointment to have one inserted.