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Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs

Course Code: 900-81576


Designed explicitly for the animal care industry, the nationally recognised Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs will provide you with specialised skills that will complement your career and enable you to apply as an Authorised Identifier.


Through theory and practical course work learn to:

  • Handle different animal temperaments and behaviours
  • Provide basic First Aid relating to microchipping
  • Implant microchips under the skin of animals
  • Handle animals safely using restraint techniques
  • Follow microchip compliance regulations
  • Talk to owners about the implantation procedure


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Compassionate towards animals
  • Calm and empathetic by nature
  • Comfortable giving needles
  • Capable of working under pressure
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills
  • Commitment to maintaining client confidentiality


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment
  • The ability to apply to become an Authorised Identifier through the Office of Local Government (OLG) NSW
  • A sound understanding of implantation techniques, procedure and pre or post care
  • The ability to deal with concerned owners
  • Credit towards one unit of the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing


Take your career further with a TAFE NSW animal care pathway:

  • Certificate III in Animal Care Services
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Considering another study pathway? Discover the full range of TAFE NSW courses on offer.

Career opportunities:

  • Council ranger
  • Dog and cat breeder
  • Companion animal worker


This course is currently available at 1 campus location across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry are:

  • Compassionate towards animals
  • Calm and empathetic by nature
  • Able comfortable giving needles
  • Capable of working under pressure
  • Collaborative team players

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned and to identify the knowledge or skills that may need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Written assessments: short answer questions
  • Practical assessments: microchipping ten live animals under supervision.

The ten animals must consist of at least three cats (one conscious), and three dogs (one conscious). The remaining four animals may be at your discretion.

The Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs is a skill set designed explicitly for the animal industry. You can use this skill set to compliment your career within an animal shelter, local council pound, veterinary practice, or animal welfare organisation.

You can also enrol in this skill set to compliment your Animal Studies, Companion Animals, or Veterinary Nursing qualification. It is also suitable for cat or dog breeders who would like to learn to microchip their own litters.

You will gain hands-on experience in:

  • Handling cats and dogs
  • Cleaning and preparing implantation sites
  • Scanning microchips
  • Ensuring records and documents are compliant
  • Completing documentation relating to animal identification
  • Using PPE
  • Disposing of sharp needles used to microchip

TAFE NSW is known for delivering theory along with practical, hands-on learning. You will work on real world projects, such as:

  • Implanting a variety of cats and dogs, all of varying ages ranges
  • Ensuring animals are not already microchipped
  • Liaising with clients and explaining the microchip procedure
  • Confirming successful implantations with a scanner
  • Forwarding required documents to relevant animal registries

TAFE NSW offers you a range of online and on campus study environments - industry specific computer rooms, simulated workplaces, study areas, presentation areas and general student facilities - to enhance your learning and employability.

You will have access to animal mannequins, models and stuffed toys. Microchipping of live animals will occur in the students own workplace or work placement location which is typically at animal shelters, animal pounds, welfare organizations and veterinary clinics.

Those who complete this skill set, generally work in these occupational roles:

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Animal Attendant
  • Council Rangers
  • Pound or Rescue Worker
  • Cat or Dog Breeder

This course was developed in partnership with industry professionals in response to a demand for a microchipping skill set. This course will support you in gaining industry relevant experience with practical animal handling and ongoing documentation, whilst giving you tools to contribute compliant skills to the animal industry.

  • Short Course
  • Combination
  • Part Time

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Orange, Forest Road: Part Time, Combination

  • Full Fee: $400.00
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Duration: 20 weeks

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