The UK’s first mobile pet blood collection unit is set to embark on a tour of veterinary schools, calling first at theUniversity of Nottingham tomorrow.

The new mobile blood-collection unit, operated by Loughborough-based Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBuk), will be on the road in 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 tomorrow (Wednesday, May 20) between 1pm and 2pm at the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, at Sutton Bonington.

The visit will give third-year veterinary students the chance to perform clinical procedures such as physical examinations and blood screening.

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.

According to the service, such action is important for repeat transfusions as well as enabling the valuable blood taken from all blood types to be used appropriately with out depleting stocks.

PBBuk is also looking for suitable donors to attend its blood collection session at the Nottingham vet school on Saturday between 10am and 4pm. For details, telephone 01509 232 222 or visit

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.”

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