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The Non-Commercial Movement of Pet Animals (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2015

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Insertion of Part 2A (Microchipping of pet animals)

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8.  After article 10 (Controls on highly pathogenic avian influenza), insert the following Part—

PART 2AMicrochipping of Pet Animals

Minimum qualifications for microchipping of pet animals

10A.(1) No person may implant a microchip in an animal of the species listed in Part A of Annex I to the Pets Regulation for the purposes of a non-commercial movement unless—

(a)they are a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon,

(b)they are a student of veterinary surgery or student veterinary nurse and in either case acting under the direction of a veterinary surgeon,

(c)they have been satisfactorily assessed on a training course approved by the competent authority for that purpose, or

(d)before the 29th December 2014 they received training on implantation which included practical experience of implanting a microchip.

(2) In this Article—

“microchip” has the same meaning as “transponder” in the Pets Regulation;

“student veterinary nurse” and “veterinary nurse” have the meanings given by Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966(1);

“student of veterinary surgery” has the same meaning as in regulation 3 of the Schedule to the Veterinary Surgeons (Practice by Students) Regulations Order of Council 1981(2);

“veterinary surgeon” means a person registered in the register of veterinary surgeons under section 2 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966..

(1)

1966 c. 36. Paragraph 6 of Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 was inserted by S.I. 1991/1412, substituted by S.I. 2002/1479 and amended by S.I. 2008/1824, paragraph 18 of the Schedule. Paragraph 7 of Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 was inserted by S.I. 2002/1479.

(2)

S.I. 1981/988. Regulation 3 was substituted by the Schedule of S.I. 1995/2397.

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