Verification Details: What Are They and Why Are They Important?
At PetSales, we want to ensure every animal is homed in an ethical and safe matter. It is also why we have incorporated compulsory verification detail fields in the listing process.
What are Verification Details?
There isn’t a set verification detail definition in regards to pets and livestock. However, it is a matter of pet identification to check their name, where they are from and many other pieces of information. In our listing field, verification details cover a whole range of areas. We understand that they may be confusing for people who are putting their pets up for adoption. We want to make the listing process as simple, so we have defined some of the verification details for you.
A microchip is a permanent method of electronic identification. As a result, each pet has a unique number which can be used to identify them as part of a database. Microchips are a requirement for all pets above the age of 12 weeks. They’re also an important part of the PetSales process, as we want every animal is being sold with the correct information. Currently, there are 5 private microchip registries and 2 state registries:
- Australasian Animal Registry
- Central Animal Records
- Global Micro
- NSW Government Registry – the NSW Companion Animal Registry
- SA Government Registry – Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)
- Some local councils around Australia have ways to register your pet.
Breeder Identification Number (BIN)
The Breeder Identification Number works in a similar way to the microchip. In Queensland, it is essential that all breeders have a BIN. Under the Animals Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, every Breeder having a female dog with a litter born after 2017 must have a Supply Number within 28 days of the birth of the litter. To access a supply number, you must be registered as a breeder. Other information on how to register as a breeder can be found by clicking here.
A verified body is a breeding organization that you may be part of. For example:
- AAPDB stands for the Australian Association of Pet Dog Breeders.
- ANKC stands for the Australian National Kennel Council.
- MDBA stands for the Master Dog Breeders and Associates.
- ANCA stands for the Australian National Cats Association.
- GCCFV stands for the Governing Council of the Fancy Cats Australia and Victoria.
- ACA stands for the Australian Cavy Association.
These are just a few options. It is important to be registered with these bodies as they can provide a lot of extra information such as breeding and selling advice.
Verified Breeder Number
A breeder number is assigned to you when you sign up to a breed register or a breed organisation. It represents a breeding body. For example, the Queensland Dog Breeder Register is set up to allow animal breeders in Queensland to become verified. This verification is a mark that allows them to sell their dogs in Queensland. Governments put laws like this in place to promote the responsible breeding of dogs.
Wildlife License Number
Similarly, a wildlife license number works in a similar way to a microchip number. In this situation, the wildlife license number allows the movement of otherwise restricted animals (such as reptiles). Wildlife Victoria has created a new system that will allow people to apply for, renew and manage wildlife licenses online. The platform allows you to:
- Update contact details including addresses.
- Amend the employee register.
- Get permission to use wildlife in a commercial film.
- Report escaped or stolen wildlife.
Property Identification Codes and National Livestock Identification Systems
All properties with livestock must have a PIC. This includes farms with the following animals:
It is an 8 character alphanumeric code allocated by Agriculture Victoria. The aim of the NILS is to protect the reputation of Victoria’s livestock industry. However, they’ve had to implement this identification form. Similarly, it is important to make sure that the processes are followed.
Why Are These Identification Numbers Important?
At PetSales, we want to facilitate the safe sale of animals between owners. However, this means the listing process is strict when compared to other sites. We care for the wellbeing of all animals. We do this by carrying out a few things. Firstly, to ensure you understand what the identification numbers stand for. Secondly, make sure your animals find a safe home.