The BHS and University of Glasgow Provide Pilot Chip and Go Scheme
Event highlights benefits of Microchipping as deadline looms
The British Horse Society (BHS) Scotland and The University of Glasgow gave Stirling locals the chance to have their horse microchipped at a cut price on Sunday (25 October). The event, which took place at Stirling Agricultural Centre, comes ahead of the March deadline by which all horses in Scotland must be registered.
Owners of 28 horses took advantage of the day where they only had to pay £5 for the service. By doing so they can quickly report their horse missing or check if a horse is legally for sale. Chipping will also help identify the owners of neglected or abandoned horses, allowing for greater accountability. Failure to have your horse chipped by the March deadline could result in receiving a substantial fine.
Equine specialist vets from the Glasgow Equine Hospital & Practice, University of Glasgow, were on hand to carry out the procedures.
Strict social distancing rules were in place to ensure that there was no risk to those in attendance. These included staying in your car until it was your equines turn to be seen, bringing your own pen to fill out paperwork and ensuing that masks were always worn.
Helene Mauchlen, British Horse Society, National l Manager Scotland, said: With the deadline for chipping looming, it is important that we are able to provide days like this to encourage horse owners to be prepared. We are encouraging all owners to take advantage of chipping to help protect their horses from theft and disease. Hopefully more events such as this will help to ensure that everyone is prepared in time”
James Risk MRCVS, lead attending vet for the event, said; “Microchipping of horses is now compulsory, and it is the best way to accurately and permanently identify between the pony, the passport and the chip.
This security is good for the horses by preventing crime and keeping them safe when they change hands, it guards their overall welfare.
A robust equine passport system keeps certain medicines out of the food chain and most importantly protects human and equine health in terms of disease control.”