On 1 July 2018 several amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA) will commence. These changes will have an impact on your work and role in the primary healthcare of companion dogs and cats.
The legislative changes include:
Dogs and Cats Online is a new database combining all 68 Local Council dog and cat registration databases. Dogs and Cats Online will include information about microchips, desexing, assistance dogs, racing greyhounds and dogs with control orders.
Veterinary surgeons have new legal obligations to enter information onto Dogs and Cats Online.
Working instructions, instructional videos and log ins for veterinary users will be available in June.
Owners will have continuing obligations to keep their details, plus the details of their dogs and cats, up to date on this new system.
There are no fees to access or upload information onto Dogs and Cats Online.
Veterinary Surgeons in SA will have an obligation to upload, into Dogs and Cats Online, information about desexing procedures which they conduct.
Veterinary Surgeons and other microchip implanters in SA will have an obligation to upload, into Dogs and Cats Online, information about microchipping procedures which they conduct.
Dogs and Cats Online will become the official record of microchipping and desexing procedures in SA and will largely replace the need for Veterinary Surgeons to issue certificates.
The Dog and Cat Management Board require veterinary clinics to set up on Dogs and Cats Online. Please send us the clinic and adminstrator details here.
Mandatory microchipping for all dogs and cats (unless exempted by a Veterinary Surgeon).
Microchipping will only be able to be performed by:
Microchip details must be stored on Dogs and Cats Online. Storing the details on an national registry is optional.
Microchip details stored on national registries will not be transferred onto Dogs and Cats Online; owners will need to ensure their animal records are up to date and accurate on Dogs and Cats Online.
There is no fee to enter microchip details onto Dogs and Cats Online.
Mandatory desexing for dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 (a range of exemptions apply).
There is no fee to enter desexing details onto Dogs and Cats Online.
From 1 July 2018, registered veterinary surgeons will be able to exempt a dog or cat from microchipping and desexing if satisfied the procedure would:
Penalties may apply to a registered veterinary surgeon who exempts a dog or cat outside of these parameters.
Exemptions are to be recorded directly into Dogs and Cats Online in the animal’s record from 1 July 2018
From 1 July 2018, breeders of dogs and cats in SA will be required to register with the Dog and Cat Management Board on Dogs and Cats Online, which will link owners, pets and the breeders of the pets.
Breeders that own dogs will need to follow the instructions included in their dog registration renewal notice.
Breeders that don’t own any dogs will be able to create a new owner log in on Dogs and Cats Online and add their cat microchip details and select the breeder option.
The South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals came into effect August 2017.
Owners must enter cat microchip details into Dogs and Cats Online. More information will be provided to the public following the dog registration renewal period.
Councils with cat by-laws that prescribe cat registration may assign a fee in Dogs and Cats Online to be charged annually.
Councils without a cat by-law that prescribes cat registration will not be able to charge an annual cat registration fee.
Working instructions, instructional videos and log ins for veterinary users will be available here in May/June.
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For more information on these changes, visit the other webpages or phone the Dog and Cat Management Board on (08) 8124 4856.