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Three veterinarians, Dr's Rick Walduck, Doug Black and David Madill, were responsible for introducing animal microchip identification into Australia. Hence, Microchips Australia, the exclusive distributor of Trovan microchips and readers, was established in 1989 and has a wealth of experience in the area of RFID animal identification. In recent years Varun Uthappa has become a Director of the company and brings with him a wealth of technical knowledge and experience.

In the companion animal field, Microchips Australia supplies Trovan readers and implantable microchips to veterinary clinics, Councils and animal welfare organisations throughout Australia. These sales are either direct via Microchips Australia's sales Department or via a large number of veterinary wholesalers throughout Australia.

For companion animals Microchips Australia utilizes the services of Central Animal Records which provides a nationwide animal recovery database that operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Central Animal Records is Australia's longest running and foremost nationally accredited companion animal microchip Registry. Central Animal Records was the first animal microchip registry to be accredited by the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and Domestic Animal Registries (DAR) - the companion animal registry watchdog that ceased after State companion animal registry licensing was introduced. Central Animal Records is a licensed animal microchip registry under the respective Victorian & Queensland Government companion animal legislations, a prescribed microchip database company for dogs and cats under West Australian legislation, an approved microchip registry under Tasmanian legislation and accepted as an appropriate microchip registry in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Microchips Australia has supplied implantable microchips and reading systems to the vast majority of zoos and wildlife research projects in Australia for use in a large number of species – mammals, fish, birds, reptiles. The implantable transponders we use for zoo, wildlife and research projects are the Trovan Unique microchips. The Trovan Unique microchips are of high quality European manufacture and are compatible with our many portable and fixed reading systems.

Additionally, Microchips Australia has supplied microchips and reading systems to provide RFID solutions for a myriad of applications in many different industries.

Microchips Australia has a wide range of portable, hand-held readers that vary in size, read range, power supply and computer connectivity. Microchips Australia can also supply many different types of fixed antenna/decoder systems for remote monitoring. These systems vary in their antenna design (different shapes and dimensions) and decoder type (computer connectivity, ability to perform additional tasks etc) and can be powered by 240volt or by 12volt batteries that will last for at least 48 hours before recharging is needed or can be supplemented by solar panel recharging. Free software is provided with all readers with computer connectivity and antenna/decoder systems so that animal/item identification/day/date and time data can be transferred via RS232, USB or Bluetooth connectivity (depending on the reader/decoder) to a laptop or other computer in spreadsheet format that can be converted to formats such as Excel. The choice of reading system will depend on the species being researched or item being tracked/managed, the specific requirements of identification within the project, the need and application of the identification data and the type of environment for the project. Microchips Australia can also custom-build reader/antenna systems to suit individual project requirements.

Other innovations include weigh scale integration, optical beam sensors, mobile network or GPRS modem transfer of data, scheduling software, use of microchip-triggered relays to control access to food, water etc.

In addition to its wide range of RFID products Microchips Australia is also the exclusive distributor of Petrek 3G GPS PetTrackers and LiveTrek Stealth trackers in Australia. 

Microchips Australia also sells surgery platforms for small mammal, avian and reptile surgeries and dissections utilising high quality microscope cameras. We also sell innovative Space Gel and Space Drape thermoregulation products for use with small mammal and avian patients and in wildlife care and rehabilitation. 

Microchips Australia is also the veterinary distributor for Lone Star Retractor Systems, a great surgical retractor system with many uses in veterinary surgery. 

We have a range of products that we referral sell or recommend such as SureFlap microchip-controlled pet doors, SureFeed microchip-controllled pet feedersBowWowMeow Pet Health Insurance and BowWowMeow Pet Tags linked to Central Animal Records.

We donate RFID equipment and support certain projects aimed at conservation and humanitarian work including:

  • Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation
  • SAVE African Rhino Foundation 
  • Pets in the Park in Sydney and Melbourne
  • Maningrida animal management in indigenous communities in Northern Territory
  • several other animal welfare and rescue organisations throughout Australia and overseas. 


It is our mission to build on the excellence of our microchip technology by providing our customers with services, support and solutions of equal standard.

Our vision is to be the preferred technology in the Australasian market by providing the highest quality, best value and most reliable microchip technology and support. We will also select only high quality product lines which reflect our ethos of high quality and reliability and our focus on animal welfare and helping to ensure that owners are with their beloved pets for as long as possible.


Microchips Australia has a dedicated team of staff who are happy to assist you in finding the appropriate product for your particular application.

Meet the Microchips Australia team:


Dr Rick Walduck

Rick is a veterinarian with enormous experience in companion animal management and legislation, animal welfare and general veterinary practice. Rick has been the main driver behind the introduction and development of companion animal microchipping in Australia since the late 1980's. 


Dr Doug Black

Doug is an avian veterinarian who was also involved in the introduction of microchipping with Rick Walduck in the late 1980's. He sold his veterinary practice in Moama, NSW and re-joined Microchips Australia in 2009. Although involved in all areas of the business, Doug has a special interest in developing RFID remote monitoring systems for zoos, wildlife research, laboratories and industry.   


Varun Uthappa

Varun has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Masters degree in Computer Networks and joined the company in 2007. He works with Doug in designing and supporting the RFID remote monitoring systems as well as IT management and business administration.


Lesley Bonett

 Lesley has been working for the company since 1994 and is a key member of our Sales Department involved in processing orders and handling enquiries using her vast experience and knowledge of microchip products.


Tracey Hoy 

Tracey is our main sales Representative for all Trovan and related products specialising in microchips and readers for vets, councils and animal welfare organisations.

Sean Harvey

Sean is involved in sales and support for all of our products with a special interest in the range of GPS tracking products and is actually a very talented professional singer!