A microchip and passport clinic for horses will be held in Cardiff next week.

The clinic organised by Shared Regulatory Services (SRS) – which covers the council areas of Bridgend, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan – will be held at Seabank Farm, Mardy Road, Wentloog, on Thursday 8 August between 9am and 5pm.

Next week’s event, which is run in conjunction with the RSPCA, British Horse Society, B&W Equine Vets, World Horse Welfare and Redwings Horse Sanctuary, will enable horse owners to ensure that they are complying with equine identification legislation. It will soon be a legal requirement for all equines to be microchipped and have an identification document, known as a passport.

Microchips for this event have been kindly funded by Llys Nini, the local RSPCA branch.

The RSPCA’s inspectorate national equine co-ordinator, Christine McNeil, said: “We are very pleased to be involved in this event. The event will help horse owners meet their legal requirements regarding equines, and ensure the promotion of good welfare.

“We hope to see lots of horse owners there on the day and look forward to strengthening our partnerships with all the other organisations involved.”

Microchipping acts as an identification tool. Each chip has a unique number and each number is logged alongside the owner’s details. This means that if your horse goes missing or is stolen and is later found, they can be scanned and you can be contacted meaning it is easier to return them home. In order for this to work it’s essential for owners to ensure their contact details on the database are correctly updated if, for example, they move home.

The fee for the equine microchip and passport service will be £35. To book in for this event please call 0300 123 6696 and ask for the Animal Health and Welfare Officer, Equine Lead, Kate Richards. Unfortunately, you will not be eligible for the service without booking in advance.