Why microchip your horse?
Microchips are only about the size of a grain of rice but hold electronic data that provides a reliable way to verify a horse’s identity. All horses competing at USEF events must have a 15-digit ISO-compliant 11784/11785 microchip. They can be safely implanted in foals and in adult horses.
How are Bio-Thermo® microchips different from other microchips?
In addition to being able to verify a horse’s identity, Bio-Thermal microchips take horse welfare a step further by letting you monitor your horse’s temperature within one-tenth of a degree, meaning you can more easily keep an eye on your horse’s health. (see more information below)
How do I get Bio-Thermo microchip for my horse?
Contact us to order a Bio-Thermo microchip for your horse. Once you have receive it, your vet will be able to implant the microchip. This process is done with a needle, implantation is quick and no anesthesia is required.
Merck Animal Health’s Bio-Thermo® Microchips
Bio-Thermo microchips contain a patented built-in temperature biosensor, and are therefore able to measure a horse’s temperature at the implantation site. It is an easy, safe, and quick alternative method of taking multiple temperature measurements.
Bio-Thermo microchips[2,3] are Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) systems which offer unique and unalterable identification for horses. The microchip is a passive transponder, each about the size of a grain of rice, programmed with a unique 15-digit identification number compatible with ISO Standards 11784 and 11785.
- The 15-digit identification number can be read by universal or ISO compliant readers
- Microchip temperatures from Bio-Thermo microchips can be read by our universal scanners Global Pocket ReaderTM Plus (GPR+) or the HomeAgain® microchip readers
- When used in conjunction with the EquiTrace® app, temperatures can be quickly recorded and monitored in an easy to read chart located directly within the app
With the Bio-Thermo microchip, you can instantly read, graph and monitor your horse’s temperature, making life easier and providing a tool to help identify illnesses early and monitor disease outbreaks.
EquiTrace App – a dynamic new platform for horse identity, traceability, and health
Created by horse people, for horse people, the EquiTrace app works with Bio-Thermo microchips to scan records, map GPS location, and allow safe and convenient contactless temperature monitoring. It can also be programmed to set vaccination, worming, and medication reminders; recognizes over 1000 medications from barcode alone, and provides real-time data and rapid access to stored information in a central location, reducing paperwork and streamlining routines to help improve your horse’s health monitoring and medical care.
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- For patent information: www.merck.com/product/patent/home.html 2. Auclair-Ronzaud, J. et al. 2020.
No-Contact Microchip Monitoring of Body Temperature in Yearling Horses. J Equine Vet Sci. March 2020: 86(0): 102892. 3. Kang, H. et al. 2020. The Use of Percutaneous Thermal Sensing Microchips for Body Temperature Measurements in Horses Prior to, during and after Treadmill Exercise. Animals 2020, 10, 2274.5