Edmonton Police Service supports NAIT’s Animal Blood Bank
NAIT’s Animal Blood Bank today benefited from the generosity of the Edmonton Police Service’s Canine Unit. Three police service dogs each donated a unit of blood to help address a chronic shortage of canine blood supplies in Alberta. Last week, an additional four police service dogs made donations.
“We are grateful for the support of the Edmonton Police Service,” said Shauna Lesick, an instructor in NAIT’s Animal Health Technology program. “There is an on-going need for blood donations in Alberta. Every donation we receive helps save the lives of two other dogs.”
NAIT is the only satellite collection site in Alberta for the Winnipeg-based Canadian Animal Blood Bank (CABB), which provides blood products for dogs in need of transfusions. Over 2,000 donations have been collected since NAIT’s Animal Blood Bank opened in 2001, which is still not enough to meet regional demand. The institute provides approximately 25% of the nation’s canine blood supply, less than the 30% Alberta requires.
"We learned about the dog blood donation clinic through the media, and decided it was an excellent opportunity to lead by example and have our police dogs participate," said Const. Murray Burke, of the EPS Canine Unit. “If my police service dog was to ever require blood because of an injury, I would also hope there was an adequate supply available. Our goal is to show some leadership and raise awareness in the community, and hopefully other dog owners will step forward as well."
In addition to helping dogs, NAIT’s Animal Blood Bank provides students in the Animal Health Technology and Veterinary Administrative Assistance programs with essential, real-world experience. The students admit the dogs and help restrain them during the donation. Animal Health Technology students also collect blood samples and run tests. The actual blood collection is done by a veterinarian or registered animal health technologist. Donations made in Edmonton are shipped to Winnipeg for processing, storage and shipment.
In order to donate, dogs must be between the ages of one and eight, be healthy and even-tempered, weigh 23 kg or more (but not obese) and have their current vaccinations. Dogs accepted into the program are asked to donate every three months. Donor dogs receive free blood-type testing, free microchip identification, and one free unit of a blood compound for each unit of blood donated, should it ever be required.
For more information on how to donate, dog owners can call 780.491.1324 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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