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US equine association signs up for Merck microchipping tech


May 11, 2018 - Animal Pharm
By Sian Lazell
Animal Pharm
May 11, 2018


The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has selected Merck Animal Health as its sole microchip provider.

Specifically, the USTA will use Merck's HomeAgain TempScan microchips, in a move it expects will "modernize race horse registration".

The technology is designed to enable a quicker, safer and more accurate identification process versus freeze branding. Microchipping is also a less painful way of registering an animal's identification than freeze branding.

The scanning feature can instantly measure equine body temperature which can indicate contagious and potentially fatal diseases such as equine herpes virus 1 and equine herpes virus myeloencephalopathy. The USTA claims to be the first horse registry to formally incorporate temperature scanning into its microchip identification program.

The USTA added the TempScanTM technology will help identify febrile horses sooner and foster the evolution of a biosecurity platform.

The USTA microchips around 9,000 foals annually in addition to 25,000 older racehorses, stallions and broodmares.


Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News

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