Medivet is celebrating its 100th batch collection for Vet Blood Supplies, the north London-based bloodbank set up in 2007 to provide blood products for its branches around the country.

Medivet is celebrating its 100th batch collection for Vet Blood Supplies, the north London-based bloodbank set up in 2007 to provide blood products for its branches around the country.
 
Pamela Sedgwick from the Retired Greyhound Trust with donor ChampVeterinary nurse Laura Brind, who is responsible for collecting the blood, said: “We are really proud to celebrate the 100th collection. We travel to Retired Greyhound Trust kennels across south-east England who kindly agreed to arrange the donation in return for free preventative treatment for the dogs.”
 
“The blood is stored at the blood bank in Watford, or at our 24-hour centres for when it is needed for a patient. In the past few months blood products from our blood bank have been used to help save the lives of patients with haemorrhagic gastro-enteritis, splenic ruptures, sepsis and pancreatitis.”
 
The 100th collection was taken from Barn Kennels, the Portsmouth branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust, which has been donating blood for the past 18 months.
 
Kennel owner Liz Redpath said: “Medivet come to collect blood every four months, and about 10 to 12 dogs donate each time. There are restrictions about weight and age, and the dogs get a good check over before they proceed. The preventative treatments and supplies we get in return are invaluable for helping to keep the kennels running.”

 

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