The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
Visit conference.ava.com.au to register.    To download a pdf file of the entire program click here.
Thursday, May 17 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Setting Up and Operating Animal Blood Banks

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Until relatively recently, transfusion medicine critical care for animals has not been readily available or well-utilized. Typical hurdles encountered by most veterinarians include: the expense of maintaining donor animals; difficulty in isolating donors in a practice setting after screening for pathogens; the fact that blood usage is too sporadic to justify maintaining donors or there are not enough donors to meet the demand; concern for the health and well-being of donors used infrequently; locating suitable animals for donors; selecting them by blood type, and screening to ensure their health; and confusion about how and when to use blood components. Today, veterinary transfusion medicine is a vibrant emerging specialty, which underscores the need for establishing local, regional, and national blood banking services for animals to support the development of sophisticated medical and surgical support for pets that parallel those of human medicine. At the same time, the emergence of pet animal health insurance programs helps to provide a means of financial support for advanced critical care. Despite these efforts, most of the world’s needs are not being met today. The demand exceeds supply and individual programs still need to be standardized to ensure safety and efficacy. Whole blood is no longer the treatment of choice, nor is it desirable for the primary therapy of most veterinary transfusio¬ns. Processing freshly collected blood into several clinically useful components is a more cost-effective, efficient and safer use of this precious life-saving resource. The most commonly used blood components in veterinary medicine parallel those in human medicine, namely packed red blood cells and fresh-frozen plasma.

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Jean Dodds

W. Jean Dodds, DVM graduated in 1964 from the Ontario Veterinary College, Canada. She has 5 decades of veterinary clinical and diagnostic research, over 150 publications, and membership in national and international committees. Hemopet, her non-profit national animal blood bank was... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Plaza P2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre