Veterinarian Tom Astbury has consented to assist in the Trial and Paul Wheeler has already offered to provide suitable Greyhounds for the Trial.
The Authority is currently sourcing other Trainers who may be willing to assist.
In addition, the Authority has been provided a Scanner and 100 Microchips to commence testing.
Key issues to be addressed in this Trial include:
- Potential movement of the Microchip
- Ease of insertion
- Ability of persons other than a Veterinarian to insert the Microchip
One of the critical issues to be assessed overall is the cost to the Industry of Microchipping and whether it replaces Ear Branding/Marking or is an adjunct.
All these matters will be carefully considered by the Authority prior to the next Greyhounds Australasia Meeting in Hobart in mid March 2009.