The Modern Equine Vet
June 2024
Vol 14 Issue 6 2024
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News Notes

Merck, USTA Microchip 50,000 Standardbreds

Merck Animal Health and the U.S. Trotting Association reached a 50,000-microchip milestone. USTA partnered with Merck in 2018 to become the first registry to formally incorporate temperature scanning into its microchip identification program.

USTA also adopted the Global Pocket Reader Plus (GPR+) portable microchip reader, which is used with the Bio-Thermo microchip that provides a 15-digit identification number and lasts the horse’s lifetime. Pairing this advanced microchip reader with the EquiTrace app and signing in with USTA-member credentials allows enhanced monitoring and healthcare features. The app will identify horses that are registered with USTA, and record temperatures from Bio-Thermo microchips. The app also allows users to consolidate secure health recordkeeping. The GPR+ scanner connects with smartphones via the USTA ChipID app, available on the App Store and Google Play, offering efficient temperature monitoring and horse identification. MeV

To learn more, contact your Merck Animal Health equine sales representative or visit