THEY came in all shapes and sizes to be microchipped at Mundaring Pound, but the standout patient of the day was a six-month-old Stimson python named Noodle.
About 10 rangers in training to become authorised implanters at Central Regional Tafe’s Northam campus provided the free service.
Part of their training required learning how to implant 15 animals with microchips under the supervision of a registered veterinarian.
Mundaring Shire President David Lavell said the training started in 2013 happened two to four times a year depending on demand.
“Microchips are a permanent method of electronic identification and are more reliable than collars which can easily fall off,” Cr Lavell said.
Under the Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976, owners are required to have pets microchipped.
Central Regional Tafe animal studies lecturer Sharleen Jordan said students and the community benefitted from the training program.
“It is hard to find enough animals for the rangers to microchip, so we offer it to the public,” Ms Jordan said.
Of the 28 animals microchipped under Dr Duncan Hargest’s supervision, Noodle was among those unable to wriggle out of the situation.
The next free microchipping service at Mundaring Pound is scheduled for October.