Amanda Boag and Tobias Grave among internationally-renowned speakers

RENOWNED vet Amanda Boag and ECC specialist Tobias Grave are among the speakers at a roadshow of professional development events, starting next week and focussed on small animal blood transfusions.

They will be joined on the nationwide lecture programme by Vets Now ECC referral clinicians Kerry Doolin and Marko Pipan, as well as clinicians from charity Pet Blood Bank UK (PBB UK).

The aim of the CPD events is to answer all the questions the veterinary profession has ever wanted to ask about how to get the most out of blood.

The talks — which are open to vets and vet nurses — have been organised to celebrate the 10th anniversary of PBB UK.

It was set up by Vets Now staff in 2007 to create a national reserve of blood stocks.

Image showing Vets Now vets treating Orthopaedics patient at Manchester hospital
Interactive case studies

RCVS junior vice-president elect Amanda, who is Vets Now’s clinical director, will kick off the CPD programme in Nottingham on May 3.

Tobias, an American, European and RCVS-recognised specialist in emergency and critical care at Vets Now’s emergency and specialty hospital in Glasgow, is hosting the second event in Milton Keynes on May 11.

“Transfusion medicine has developed a huge amount in the UK in the last 10 years with many lives saved, said Amanda, who is a former co-director of the blood transfusion service at the Royal Veterinary College.

“These events will be of great value to all practitioners and nurses wanting to make sure they are using blood and its products for maximum benefit.”

Among the topics on the programme agenda will be when to use plasma, what are the options for feline transfusions and how to make blood transfusions safe.

The speakers will also discuss when small animal patients need blood and what blood products are available for them.

They will be joined on stage by senior clinicians from PBB UK, and there will also be interactive case studies to illustrate the key points.

Wendy Barnett, founder of PBB UK and head of professional and clinical services said, “We’re delighted to support the Vets Now ‘transfusion trauma’ CPD events that are running across the country this year.

“Getting the most out of blood is high on our agenda as we experience an ever increasing demand for blood and ancillary products.

“These CPD events are the perfect platform to promote the benefits of having 24/7 access to blood and ease of administration in practice.”


Pet Blood Bank Donors at Vets Now
Five of Pet Blood Bank UK's donor dogs
Change in legislation

It took a change in legislation in October 2005 for vets to be allowed to store blood.

Following this, Vets Now provided financial support and trained veterinary staff to help to provide the PBB UK services.

Today, the charity specialises in providing a canine blood bank service for vets across the UK, giving them access to blood for use in emergencies.

To date, PBB UK has supplied tens of thousands of units of blood and helped save the lives of more than 8,000 dogs.

And while now a fully independent charity, Vets Now continues to support it.

Wendy Barnett added: “These events are testament to the continued support Vets Now has given PBB UK over the years.

“We look forward to continuing working with Vets Now to advance transfusion medicine and supporting the profession with a service to ensure blood is available when needed most.”

For more information about the ‘transfusion trauma’ CPD events or to book your place at one of the lectures click here.

Venues confirmed so far include Nottingham, Milton Keynes, Guildford, Colchester, Canterbury and Romsey.

Tickets cost £50 for veterinary practices who use the Vets Now out-of-hours service and £75 for non-partner practices.

Vets Now will donate £10 from each booking to PBB UK.

To find out more about the speakers, Amanda Boag, Tobias Grave, Kerry Doolin and Marko Pipan, click on their name.