Taiwan’s First Animal Blood Transfusion Center Patching Things Up?

The first animal blood transfusion center in Taiwan is officially in business, but will it be able to help all animals in need?

The News Lens
Date: 2016/06/15
By: Olivia Yang

National Pingtung University of Science and Technology has established the first animal blood

Photo Credit: AP/達志影像

Photo Credit: AP/達志影像

donation center and blood bank in Taiwan.

Tsai Yi-lun (蔡宜倫), an assistant professor at the university who heads the center, told the The News Lens International that a close evaluation of the nation’s animal healthcare system had made it clear there was a need for such an establishment in Taiwan.

The Veterinary Transfusion Medicine Center is based on the pet blood banks at the University of California, Davis and Thailand’s Kasetsart University. Plans for the center started in 2013.

“We hope to continue working with similar institutions in other countries once the center is operating more steadily,” Tsai says.

The center is currently focusing on canine blood donations and transfusions. Dogs between the age of one and eight weighing more than 20kg and have received regular vaccinations and deworming are elgible donors.     [FULL  STORY]

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