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LifeChip® with Bio-Thermo™ Technology for Llamas and Alpacas.

microchip size

Since 1945, Destron Fearing products have been the standard for livestock, companion animal and fishery identification applications around the world.

Now, Destron Fearing introduces a revolutionary new product for Camelids. The LifeChip® with Bio-Thermo™ technology. LifeChip not only provides your animals with a unique identification code, it’s also capable of convenient and non-evasive temperature measurement.


bio-thermo reader and chip

The LifeChip RFID microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. It contains a unique, unalterable, 15-digit identification code. The numbers are pre-assigned and coded during manufacturing according to the ISO (International Organization for Standards). Once the LifeChip is implanted and the 15-digit code is registered into a database, this number becomes the lifetime identity of your animal.

LifeChip uses the energy in the radio signal from the Destron Fearing Universal Pocket Reader to create the power it requires to activate the LifeChip microchip. Upon receiving this radio signal, the microchip sensor sends back the animal’s identification code, determines the animal’s temperature and sends this information back to the reader where the information is seen on an LED screen.

bio-thermo microchip read-out display



Llamas and Alpacas are heavy-fleeced animals. Heat stress is a well known risk. Early detection is critical. The LifeChip with Bio-Thermo Technology allows you to check the temperature of your animals accurately, conveniently and as often as you like with minimal stress to the animal.

Ohio State University studies showed the LifeChip is a highly reliable indicator of body temperature. Implanted correctly, it will provide temperatures consistent with rectal temperatures.

bio-thermo microchip temprature graph

LifeChip will not completely replicate rectal temperature and is not intended to provide diagnostic capabilities. If other symptoms of illness, plus the presence of fever exist, consult your veterinarian for a complete diagnosis.

BIO-THERMO LifeChip is a unique and revolutionary product for use in Camelids

bio-thermo lifechip box and needle


For a growing number of reasons, electronic Identification Is now a requirement in the much of the Camelid industry.


injecting a microchip

Each LifeChip microchip is preloaded into a sterilized, single-use syringe. The syringe is then sealed into a sterile blister pack. Each LifeChip syringe packet comes with a convenient removable bar code that matches the 15-digit code of the microchip in that individual syringe. These bar codes can be used on ILR and ARI registration forms as proof of Identification.

1)Identify the administration site.

In Llamas and Alpacas, the ideal microchip site is located above and in front of or behind the ear on the “poll” of the head. This location also contains a multitude of tiny blood vessels, improving the temperature sensing capabilities of the LifeChip. Studies at Ohio State University have confirmed this to be the best location for the LifeChip

2)Scan the administration site and surrounding area with an approved RFID reader to determine if a microchip has been previously administered. If so, a second microchip should not be administered.

3) Scan the microchip in the package to:
-Ensure proper RFID reading
-Verify the number scanned matches the one printed on the bar code sticker.

4) Aseptically prepare the site for administration

5)Remove the protective cap and insert the needle into the site up to its base.

6) Tent the skin and inject the needle all the way to the hub.

7) Depress the plunger.

8) Apply light pressure to the administration site when removing the delivery device and afterward to minimize any bleeding. Treat as needed.

9) Replace the needle cap and properly dispose of the empty delivery device.

10)Rescan the microchip to ensure proper administration. Note: Bio-Thermo readings sufficient for temperature tracking /management will not be attainable until 24-48 hours after microchip administration.

11) Affix the bar code sticker to the animals records and/or retain the code for future reference.


Glass-enclosed microchips are prone to movement once implanted in the tissue. Destron Fearing has solved this problem with our patented Bio-Bond® process.

· Our microchips are encased in an insert micro-capsule made of bio-compatible material

· Bio-Bond enables the animal’s tissue to permanently anchor the microchip at the desired anatomical site

· LifeChip stays where it should, for the health your animals and reading convenience


Destron/IDI products are warranted against defects in materials and workmanship for one (1) year from date of shipment.