8,000 Dogs Chipped at CVS Practices Through Dogs Trust ‘Free Microchipping through Vets’ Campaign

More than 8,000 dogs have now been protected with a microchip by CVS practices across the UK.  All 273 member practices of the UK’s fastest growing corporate group, are supporting the scheme.With a law making microchipping compulsory set to come into force on 6 April 2016, Dogs Trust launched its ‘Free Microchipping through Vets’ campaign earlier this year in consultation with the BVA, BSAVA and SPVS.  Its objective is to help drive up compliance levels in advance of the law coming into effect.  It asks practices to support it by offering free microchipping to their clients using their own stock of chips and their preferred microchip provider (as long as they are a registered member of the Microchip Trade Association).  They then invoice Dogs Trust at a rate of £5 (+VAT) per dog chipped.

Commenting on reaching this milestone, Barry Brackner, Marketing and Commercial Director, said:  “The anguish of losing your dog, particularly if you never find out what happened to it, is hard to imagine for all dog lovers.  Staff at all of our practices have embraced the Dogs Trust scheme because every dog chipped is a dog which is more likely to be reunited with its owner if it gets lost or meets with an accident.

“We’re delighted to have helped to protect 8,000 dogs so far and will continue to actively support the Dogs Trust scheme so that we hit 10,000 during the first half of 2015.”

Elvira Meucci-Lyons, Campaign Manager at Dogs Trust, added:  ” “Dogs Trust is thrilled to have the support of CVS practices in offering free microchipping to owners  their area and in highlighting the importance of this procedure to all dog owners.  With compulsory microchipping coming into effect in 2016, Dogs Trust is continuing to encourage all dog owners to get their dogs microchipped as part of being a responsible dog owner.”

CVS UK Ltd is the largest and fastest-growing mixed practice corporate veterinary group in the UK.  Founded in 1999 and run, principally by vets, it employs more than 3,000 staff at its practices and surgeries across the UK and in its related veterinary businesses, including an online pharmacy, three pet crematoriums and five veterinary laboratories.

Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff and to invest in their clinical skills, knowledge and in research to drive the profession forward.  It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential.   CVS’  guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers.  The company  works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues