The use of blood transfusions in veterinary practice has increased dramatically in recent years. Providing safe and effective transfusion therapy is essential. Acute haemolytic transfusion reactions due to blood group incompatibilities between recipient and donor are serious complications but are mostly avoidable when transfusing dog and cat blood typed and cross matched blood. During this presentation, we review the different blood types of these two species, the ones we all know but also those which were discovered recently and will describe the utility and application of different techniques of blood typing and cross matching.

About the speaker

Ludivine Boiron MSC DVM DACVECC DiplACVECC MRCVS American Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care MSC DVM DACVECC DiplACVECC MRCVS

Ludivine graduated from the University of Lyon, France, in 2008. She then undertook a rotating internship at the same university where she developed a great interest in emergency and critical care medicine. Ludivine went on to work in an emergency and intensive care unit for three years as a Clinical Instructor before working in general practice as an emergency vet across France and Switzerland. She undertook an ECC internship at the University of California UC Davis in 2014 followed by a three-year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Ludivine currently works at Willows Referrals.

CPD hours: 1.5

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