Course Info

Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs

Course Code: 900-81576


The Statement of Attainment in Implant Microchip in Cats and Dogs teaches you to confidently microchip animals under supervision. Upon successful work placement, you can apply to become an authorised identifier in NSW.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Implant microchips in cats and dogs
  • Assess animal temperament and health
  • Safely handle and restrain cats and dogs
  • Comply with microchip regulations
  • Maintain client confidentiality


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Compassion towards animals
  • The ability to work well under pressure
  • Collaboration and teamwork


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Eligibility to apply for a licence through the Office of Local Government NSW to practice in NSW as an authorised identifier
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate II in Animal Studies
  • Certificate III Animal Studies
  • Certificate III Companion Animal Services
  • Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing

Career opportunities:

Graduates who complete a full qualification go on to roles including:

  • Council ranger
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Animal attendant


The animal care industry is growing in demand, particularly around animal management. Microchipping is fast becoming a job requirement for people working as council rangers, veterinary nurses and animal attendants. This course will help you meet the growing animal management requirements across a variety of animal care industries.


Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments.

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

Sorry, this course is not currently open for enrolments

View similar courses available