Rangers chip in for free

Hills Gazette - - RESIDENTIAL -

IT was a good day for an­i­mal lovers who got their four­legged friends mi­crochipped for free at the Mun­dar­ing pound.

The re­cent ser­vice was pro­vided cour­tesy of four rangers train­ing to be­come “au­tho­rised im­planters” at Cen­tral Re­gional Tafe’s Northam cam­pus.

Rangers were re­quired to put mi­crochips into 15 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing five cats and five dogs, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of a reg­is­tered ve­teri­nar­ian.

Mun­dar­ing Shire Pres­i­dent John Daw said the train­ing, which had been in place since 2013, was run two to four times a year de­pend­ing on de­mand.

“Mi­crochips are a per­ma­nent method of elec­tronic iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and are more reli­able than col­lars, which can eas­ily fall off,” he said.

“Un­der the Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 it is a le­gal re­quire­ment to have your cat and dog mi­crochipped, and th­ese train­ing ses­sions of­fer an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for com­mu­nity mem­bers to do so at no charge.”

Tafe an­i­mal stud­ies lec­turer Sharleen Jor­dan said the train­ing had been mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial for her stu­dents and the com­mu­nity.

“It is hard to find enough an­i­mals for the rangers to mi­crochip, so we of­fer it to the public,” she said.

“It has been a great ar­range­ment so far, ben­e­fit­ting both the rangers in their train­ing and the public who get their an­i­mals mi­crochipped for free.”

Of the 33 an­i­mals mi­crochipped un­der John Tyrrell’s su­per­vi­sion, one pa­tient stood out among the rest; a sul­phur crested cock­a­too named Lady.

The next free mi­crochip­ping ser­vice is sched­uled for March.

Reg­is­tered ve­teri­nar­ian Dr John Tyrrell su­per­vises stu­dent ranger Si­mon Alling­ham in­sert­ing a mi­crochip.

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