Clinical Activities

Photo: Blood Bank Storage

The Transfusion Medicine Service strives to meet the rising demand for blood products for dogs, cats, horses, cows, llamas, sheep, goats, pigs and other animals. More than 600 transfusions per year take place at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Blood is typed and cross-matched to assure the safest transfusions possible for each animal.

The laboratory suite is equipped with a state-of-the-art centrifuge and refrigeration and freezer units for blood storage, as well as a platelet rocker for optimal storage of platelet products.

UC Davis faculty and staff have developed a rapid blood-typing technique for horses--available only through the VMTH Clinical Diagnostic Laboratories.

Veterinary students who spend time with the service learn the scope of veterinary blood banking and how they may use blood products in their future practices.

Canine Community Blood Donor Program

The service began screening donor dogs in February 2008 for enrollment into a community-based donation program. The hospital's blood bank collects, processes and stores canine blood needed for transfusions to treat a variety of conditions in dogs. Applications range from surgical complications to kidney failure.

More information about the canine blood donor program can be found here.