09/01/2018

Free online transfer of keepership with BackHome Microchips from 1st February

Virbac are pleased to announce that, in a move to support veterinary practices and their clients, BackHome microchips will include FREE online transfer of keepership from breeders to new puppy owners from 1st February.

The introduction of the compulsory microchipping law in April 2016 has meant that puppies have to be microchipped by 8 weeks of age and the breeder has to be recorded as the first keeper. This has, up to now, incurred further and often unexpected costs for new puppy owners or breeders who have had to pay an additional fee for the transfer of keepership.

From 1st February practices using BackHome microchips will register their newly implanted microchips with the UK based reunification database, PETtrac.

‘We have listened to feedback from the veterinary profession who have stressed the importance of not only providing a fast and reliable service from a pet reunification database, but also the need for free transfer of keepership from a breeder to a new owner’ said BackHome Product Manager Madeline Haynes. ‘We are delighted to have been able to facilitate this through the move to PETtrac.’

PETtrac is a UK based, fully DEFRA compliant reunification database that offers reliable customer service 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, allowing vets to offer outstanding customer service and reduce transfer charges for breeders and new dog owners.

The move to PETtrac will not affect pets already registered with BackHome Microchips, whose lifelong registration with previous database supplier PetLog remains unchanged.

Further information on BackHome microchips is available from Virbac Limited, Woolpit Business park, Windmill Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9UP; Tel: 01359 243243 Email: enquiries@virbac.co.uk Web: www.virbac.co.uk

*Postal transfer of keepership from breeder to new owner will cost 0.50p

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