A leading independent courier firm is helping to make a difference to the welfare of family pets across the east of Scotland by carrying out work with vets surgeries in Edinburgh.
Eagle Couriers is performing a daily, high-profile delivery run which takes blood and tissue samples to Scotland’s leading veterinary research centre.
The contract sees drivers from Eagle visit five veterinary surgeries across Edinburgh every day to pick up samples including blood, urine and smears – which are then taken to the Royal (Dick) Veterinary hospital.
All samples are from pet animals that have been seen by vets in the individual practices and are transported to the hospital’s Veterinary Pathology Unit so that they can be quickly analysed the same day, in order to help with diagnosing and monitoring diseases.
The run was set up two years ago to encourage veterinary practices in the capital to send samples to the hospital in order to give a quicker service that would benefit the practices, pet owners and their animals.
Since then, the contract has gone from strength to strength and the firm is now looking forward to delivering samples to the hospital’s Veterinary Cancer Care centre – a new facility opened earlier this week that has been designed to help treat pets afflicted with cancer.
Jerry Stewart, one of Eagle Couriers directors, said: “When people think of courier companies, they often imagine that we just deliver documents or data between businesses. However, there are actually many times when we have to deliver something slightly more unusual.
“Although these samples are not the most pleasant of things to deliver, they are very important in helping to ensure that many ill animals in Edinburgh are treated quickly.
“We’re delighted to be helping the hospital and securing the welfare of many ill pets across the east of Scotland.”
Around 40 samples taken from animals treated at the vet surgeries are delivered weekly by Eagle Couriers to the Royal Dick Veterinary Hospital. Each are given multiple tests by researchers at the facility.