Every year we ask colleagues to nominate and vote for charities to pick the one we’ll support as an organisation with fundraising activities throughout the year.
This year’s choice is Pet Blood Bank (PBB), they’re just like the human blood service, but for dogs. They collect blood donations from donor dogs across the UK and every blood donation can help to save the lives of up to four others.
Nicole Osborne, Marketing Manager at Pet Blood Bank UK said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have been chosen by CVS colleagues as their charity of the year! Pet Blood Bank is a small charity but what we do is critical to the veterinary industry. The support from CVS will help to fund things like free training and education for vets and go towards helping to keep the cost of our blood products as low as possible. Ultimately, this partnership will help to save more lives and we are so grateful for the nomination.”
All vets across the UK have access to the lifesaving blood should they ever need it for a dog, so it really is a vital service. They also provide a blood processing service to vets for individual herds of alpacas, llamas, guanacos, and vicunas. Plus, they’re working on providing a blood bank for cats and, in the meantime, they can supply equipment to collect blood from donor cats.
CVS COO Ben Jacklin commented: “Pet Blood Bank is a really popular choice with our colleagues and a great cause. It’s rewarding to know that our support will help raise awareness of the wonderful work they do, as well as funds to help them to save the lives of pets across the UK.
Donations help support the blood bank and fund additional activities including free training and education for vets, free blood for veterinary charities, and subsidising the cost of blood products to make them more accessible for those in need.”
You can find out more about Pet Blood Bank and their work here.