Pet Blood Bank UK is a charity that provides a national canine blood bank. It was set up in 2007 after a change in legislation made it possible to collect, process and store pet blood.
Our products and services are available to all UK veterinary professionals. We collect blood from donors at organised collection sessions in locations throughout the UK. The blood donated at these sessions is taken to our state of the art processing unit in Loughborough where it is processed into red blood cells and plasma products. It is then stored, ready to be supplied to veterinary practices across the UK, 24 hours a day.
As a not for profit organisation, we have a very clear charter as to how we will invest any monies generated from our activities.
Our aims are:
- To advance animal health and welfare and to relieve suffering, by providing vital blood products to the veterinary profession.
- To promote an understanding of and educate those involved in the provision of health care to animals. This relates in particular to those involved in the emergency and critical care of animals through the advancement of transfusion medicine.
- To educate the general public about the welfare needs of animals and the availability of the provision of care and welfare for animals.
- To provide and promote a blood transfusion service for animals.
To do this:
We have produced and work within a Welfare Policy for our donors, to ensure that their health and wellbeing is at the core of our service.
We provide the veterinary profession with information to support a better understanding of transfusion medicine.
We work with:
Pet owners, to raise awareness of the importance of dogs giving blood to support the needs of sick and injured dogs which need lifesaving blood transfusions.
Veterinary professionals to increase awareness of and understanding of how to use blood products. We provide lectures and seminars on transfusion medicine to ensure a better understanding within the profession.
Other pet orientated organisations to raise awareness of good animal welfare and healthcare of pets.
We undertake research to advance blood donation and transfusion medicine and offer the most up to date and accurate information to pet owners and veterinary professionals.