Avid’s Replies

Here is Avid’s reply:

Hi Helen

Avid is aware of the move by Fl Vets. Each State’s Veterinary Practice Act is unique for their state. For example, California had the same restrictions in their Act but later rescinded that decision.

An Avid representative tesified and answered questions in late ’07 at the FLVMA board meeting on the benefits of microchips.

Mary Metzner, Director
Shelter Operations
Service and Support
Avid ID Systems, Inc
314-487-5842
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Hi Mary,

Thank you for your reply. I’m still left with a couple unanswered and important questions.

What is Avid’s stance on this move by the Florida vets? What actions is Avid taking to back this stance?

How do veterinarians have the power to take such a role as to limit who in society can administer a microchip? Why is that?

Helen

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From: Avidsaveslives@aol.com

To: dobermannrescue@earthlink.net

Subject: Microchip Question

Date: Mar 10, 2008 3:44 PM

Helen, in answer to your recent email, Avid recognizes the independence and authority of each State Veterinary Board around the US that has the authority to set guidelines and regulations pertaining to the practice of veterinary medicine and to define that to protect pets and the public.

Avid has met with the FL Board to discuss proposed regulations concerning microchipping. We presented historical overviews of other states and their actions over the years. Some States regulate microchipping and others do not. I know of no states today that do not exempt shelters for the animals they are microchipping prior to adoption. Most if not all States allow the ‘owner’ of an animal to perform procedures on their own animal. The issue is when privately owned animals are involved and that a fee is charged for these services. My understanding is that this is within the authority of a Veterinary State Board to so regulate these actions.

We feel it is critical that manufacturer instructions are followed for microchipping and have provided that information. Please let me know if you have other questions. I encourage you to let your legislators and the Veterinary Board know of your concerns as a FL citizen and caregiver to animals.

///Mary

About Helen

I'm a Southern California living in South Florida. I've been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I'm a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don't understand. So I'm an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.
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