Consult relevant bodies before quoting prices

I WAS greatly alarmed when I read the article Microchips for pet dogs in Subang Jaya, StarMetro July 28. 

Many municipal councils seem to have taken the law into their own hands without consulting the Veterinary Services Department (DVS) or the Malaysian Small Animal Veterinary Association on how the microchipping should be carried out. 

It is a sterile medical procedure and should be carried out only by licensed veterinarians. 

While I fully agree that the microchipping of pet animals has become a necessity to keep records of the pet population, I do not agree with the way it is being implemented in consultation with the Malaysian Kennel Association. 

The Veterinary Services Department is the legal authority to advise the councils while the Malaysian Small Animal Veterinary Association, although an NGO, is the representative for small animal practitioner in Malaysia and they have fee guidelines for vaccination and microchipping. For municipal councils to quote prices for vaccination and microchipping without consulting the association is tantamount to an insult to the professional image of all veterinarians. 

I do hope that the DVS will issue a statement to put matters into the correct perspective and municipal councils will take note of whom they should talk to before implementing vaccination and microchipping guidelines for pet dogs.  


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