- Microchips are implanted with a needle. It would require deep, invasive surgery and general anesthesia to remove the chip. It also would be extremely difficult to locate and remove a microchip.
- Magnets will not deactivate the chip. Microchips are read-only and provide only the animal’s identification number. No additional information about the horse is stored on the microchip, and they do not have a power supply.
- According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, microchips implanted in the nuchal ligament do not migrate.
- Extensive studies both here and in England over the last 20 years have demonstrated that microchips do not cause cancer.
- Microchips are read-only and do not contain a GPS.
- Starting in January 2017, the Jockey Club requires all Thoroughbred foals be microchipped. Beginning December 1, 2017, all horses competing in U.S. Equestrian Federation-licensed and/or U.S. Hunter Jumper Association-sanctioned competitions with hunter-jumper seat equitation classes must be microchipped.
For more information please visit the American Association of Equine Practitioners “Chip Your Horse“