Microchip Identification

Dog in clink

A microchip is  a tiny transponder (about the size of a grain of rice) implanted under the skin that permanently identifies your pet.

There are obvious benefits in having your pet permanently identified and traceable to you, and it is also compulsory to have this done for all dogs in New Zealand.

At Animal Health Centre we usually implant a microchip at the time of your pet’s 12 week vaccination – or sometimes when your pet is here for de-sexing at about 5 months old.

For cats, though microchip identification is not compulsory, it is a wise choice since cats lead a relatively free-ranging life and are prone to becoming lost or injured and sometimes end up at vet clinics or the SPCA without identification.

Registration of a pet with a microchip is done through the Hutt Council on the National Dog Data Base for dogs, and through the New Zealand Animal Registry in the case of cats. Clinic staff will instruct you about steps to take, it’s easy!




Personal service is really important to us and this is an area where we shine due to our relatively small size and our friendly team.


We run the practice as we have from the start, making our own decisions based on whats best for our patients and their family.


We are Vets. We enjoy being Vets and this is our focus. We’re not a petshop with a vet in it. We don’t upsell treats, beds or grooming when you visit.


Each of our vets has over 20 years of professional expertise. Our nursing staff all hold National Certificates and Diplomas.


Our Animal Hospital and Vet Clinic is fully equipped and staffed to provide a complete medical and surgical service.


We’re centrally located and easy to get to. We also have ample free parking to make your experience as easy as possible.