19 May 2009 11:56:00.000
The UK’s first mobile pet blood collection unit will be touring the country’s vet schools from next week — it’s first stop will be The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, at Sutton Bonington, on Wednesday May 20 2009.
The new mobile blood-collection unit, operated by Loughborough based Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBuk), will be on the road over the coming months to collect blood from pet dogs, raise awareness of the importance of blood donation and recruit new blood donors.
The unit, donated by Royal Canin, is being showcased for the first time at a blood collection session on Wednesday between 1pm and 2pm. Its visit will give third-year veterinary students at The University of Nottingham the chance to perform clinical procedures such as physical examinations and blood screening.
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Simon Clifford, senior teaching technician, said: “As well as assisting in the collection of these important blood products for dogs, it is also an excellent opportunity for our students to extend their knowledge and expertise in this area. We very much look forward to continuing our support of the Pet Blood Bank with more blood drives in the future.”
Launched in March 2007 PBBuk was the first service to collect, process, store and supply pet blood products and provide veterinary professionals with immediate access to blood products for transfusions.
PBBuk hopes this new initiative will help to educate tomorrow’s vets on the importance of blood-typing dogs, so that if and when an animal needs a transfusion the correct blood type can be given without delay. This is important for repeat transfusions, but it also enables the valuable blood taken from all blood types to be used appropriately with out depleting stocks.
PBBuk are also looking for suitable donors to attend its blood collection session at the vet school on Saturday May 23 2009 between 10am and 4pm. If you think your dog could become a lifesaver and give blood please contact Pet Blood Bank UK on 01509 232 222 or visit www.petbloodbankuk.org
Wendy Barnett, Executive Director of PBBuk, said: “We are constantly looking for new recruits to assist with this life-saving service for dogs. In addition to collecting blood from our very loyal and much appreciated veterinary practices, the new mobile unit will now allow us to reach out to more blood donors and fulfil the ever-increasing demand from veterinary practices for these lifesaving products.”
The University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in April 2007. It was the first vet school to open in Britain in 50 years.
Nottingham Vet School offers two courses — a five-year programme and a unique six-year programme, designed with a Foundation Year for students who have high academic achievement in non-science or vocational subjects. The Nottingham five-year programme takes a unique approach, having been designed so that students gain hands-on animal experience from the moment they join the course; students work with clinical case scenarios from day one.
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