Dick Vets wins award for the support of Pet Blood Bank UK

Wednesday March 10th 2021


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Charity Pet Blood Bank UK has this month announced local vet practice Dick Vets Hospital for Small Animals at Edinburgh University as one of the winners in its Heart of Pet Blood Bank Award 2019-20. Dick Vets was recognised with the Host Venue Award for their dedication to hosting donation days for the charity. These donation days see local dogs come along and donate blood to help save the lives of other dogs in need.

The Heart of Pet Blood Bank Awards seek to recognise inspiring people and dogs who go the extra mile to support the charity. The Host Venue Award celebrates the vet practices who provide Pet Blood Bank with space and facilities to run their donation sessions, but who also go above and beyond to support the charity and its work.

Dick Vets in Edinburgh has been hosting Pet Blood Bank donation sessions since 2015 and during this time, has grown them into hugely successful events. The practice is constantly spreading the word and recruiting local dogs to come along to their donation sessions. The whole practice team has got behind the charity with many of the staff also working or volunteering with Pet Blood Bank.

Dick Vets was presented with their award at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Pet Blood Bank on Tuesday 2 March 2021.

Susan Campbell, the coordinator for blood donation sessions at Dick Vets, said,

“We are very proud to have received a Heart of Pet Blood Bank Award in Host Venue category. Our hospital team includes client care, animal care assistants, campus security, facilities, cleaners, veterinary surgeons, and veterinary nurses who work together to safely host donation sessions for Pet Blood Bank. Everyone has done a great job and we are thrilled with the award.”

Pet Blood Bank is the only charity offering a lifesaving blood service for all dogs across the UK. Just like the human blood service, dog owners kindly bring their much loved companions to give blood at one of the charity’s many donation sessions across the country. This blood is then processed and stored, ready to be sent out to vets when they need it for a patient. The blood is truly lifesaving with every donation having the potential to help save up to four other dogs.

More dog donors are always needed to keep up with the increasing demand for blood products. If you have a happy, healthy, and confident dog who is aged between 1 and 8 and over 25kg they could be a lifesaver. To find out more, please visit www.petbloodbankuk.org.

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