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BRVBB Donation Site

Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank

Your dog could save a life!

Healthy donors are needed to give blood for the many dogs who need it. A single donation can be used to save up to 4 lives, because the blood can be separated into two components, red blood cells and plasma. The components are given to patients suffering from anemia, injury or disease.

 
A special thanks to our BRVBB team: Valerie Latchford, DVM and veterinary technician Chris Oldt. Thank you for all that you do!

How long will it take?

The blood collection process, an almost completely painless procedure, will take about 10-20 minutes. Your pet will not be sedated and only a small percentage of his or her blood will be donated.

How often can my pet donate?

Animals could donate blood without any problems as often as every 3 weeks. You will only be asked to come in every 2 months. Immediately after donations, the body starts to replace the blood that was given.

How will this benefit my pet?

  • Every pet is given a physical examination before each donation
  • Each pet's blood type is determined
  • A free Blood Chemistry Profile, Complete Blood Count (CBC) and a Heartworm test is performed prior to any donations
  • Each pet is tested for Ehrlichia, Hemobartonella, and Babesia (diseases spread by ticks)
  • Brucella testing (once for neutered dogs and yearly testing for intact dogs)
  • For each unit of blood donated, a donor is eligible to receive one unit of blood or plasma should illness or injury ever warrant its use.
  • Each pet receives an BRVBB identification tag which identifies the dog as a blood donor, and can be traced through the BRVBB if the owner cannot otherwise be located
  • Each pet receives an BRVBB bandanna identifying the donor as a life saver
  • Various free pet health and nutrition giveaways
  • And plenty of dog treats before and after each donation

How can my dog become a blood donor?

Contact the Blue Ridge Veterinary Blood Bank at 1-800-949-EVBB or 540-338-7387
 or visit their website:

 (Previously known as the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank)