Our Emergency and Critical Care Service is supported by volunteer blood donor families who give the gift of life to canine and feline patients of the MSU Veterinary Medical Center.
Our blood donors include dog and cat companions owned by MSU staff, students, and area residents.
We currently have about 75 dogs and 5 cats in our donor program, but we are always looking for new donors. We thank our past and present donors, who have saved thousands of lives at the MSU Veterinary Medical Center.
“The Blood Donor Program is an essential part of the services that the MSU Veterinary Medical Center provides to critically ill patients. Volunteer canines and felines generously give the gift of life by donating regularly to provide blood products that are used by all areas of the hospital.”
– Rose Wahl, LVT, Blood Donor Program
In 2021, the MSU Small Animal Clinic used:
290 units of canine-packed red blood cells
83 units of canine plasma
85 units of feline-packed red blood cells
16 units of feline plasma
In 2020, the MSU Small Animal Clinic used:
344 units of canine-packed red blood cells
70 units of canine plasma units
75 units of feline-packed red blood cells
12 units of feline plasma
We couldn’t have provided these life-saving blood products without the amazing support of our canine and feline volunteer blood donors. These donors are an essential part of the service we provide to our critically ill patients.