Two prominent small animal vets have been announced as new trustees for pioneering canine blood bank Pet Blood Bank UK.
Two prominent small animal vets have been announced as new trustees for pioneering canine blood bank Pet Blood Bank UK (PBB UK).
Animal welfare expert Chris Laurence and BVA past-president Harvey Locke have been elevated to the charity’s board of trustees and will be responsible for monitoring the running of the service and ensuring it is well resourced and up-to-date.
Fellow PBB UK trustee and vet Freda Scott-Park said the rest of the board was delighted to welcome both men to the trustee team.
“Harvey is currently the immediate past president of the BVA and a past president of the BSAVA. He had extensive experience in European policy making and is already contributing to the valuable work of PBB UK, which continues to grow and aims to be the premier blood resource within the UK.”
Speaking to Vetsonline, Mr Laurence said he was absolutely delighted to be involved with the charity and urged practices to get involved in donation drives.
“If you look at the whole issue of the use of blood in companion animals in the past 15 years, the establishment of PBB UK is a huge step forward in terms of making these products available for general practitioners,” he said.
“The service is growing year-on-year and month-on-month, but the challenge is finding donors – it is always looking for new donors and practices to run donation sessions.”
PBB UK was established as a charitable arm of emergency care provider Vets Now in 2007. Along with celebrating its fifth birthday, the PBB UK team bagged a business award earlier this year, with founder Wendy Barnett winning “social entrepreneur of 2011” at the Scottish Business Awards.