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Joint statement by Petlog and RCVS Microchipping & Petlog
The Reunification Process

Following on-going discussion in both the veterinary and canine press regarding the procedure for reuniting lost microchipped animals with their owners, Petlog - The National Pet Identification Scheme, and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) would like to clarify their position.

This announcement follows recently issued RCVS guidance for veterinary surgeons on what steps to take if ownership of a microchipped animal is in doubt. On the rare occasions when a client presents a vet with an animal that has a microchip registered in another person’s name, both parties, with mutual consent, can be put in touch with each other.

However, if the client declines to consent to the release of his or her name and contact details, the new RCVS guidance states that a veterinary surgeon may pass these details to the Petlog Reunification Service.

The Petlog Reunification Service indicates: ‘In the unlikely event that the ‘presenting owner’ [client] is not willing for their details to be released or refuses to agree to return the animal they will be informed that the Registered Owner will be advised to seek legal advice. On instruction from a Solicitor or the Police Petlog can release details.’

Petlog recommends that all owners ensure that they update their personal details with the Petlog Reunification Service, should they move house or change telephone number for example, to ensure they can be speedily reunited with a lost pet.

RCVS President Stephen Ware said, "Veterinary Surgeons will wish to take the appropriate steps to reunite a lost animal with the owner, if necessary with the help of Petlog."

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