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Veterinary Specialty Centre Offers Blood Donation Program for Pets | Feb 2019

VSC Offers Blood Donation Program for Pets

Feb 2019

Did you know your pet can be a blood donor? Dogs or cats who have had an accident or illness often need access to donated blood. Thankfully, a blood donor service is available through the Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (VSC).

The Veterinary Specialty Centre was founded by Dr. Trina Bailey, who is the province’s only board-certified veterinary surgeon. Dr. Bailey felt it was important to offer this blood service here. “In the past, pet owners would have to seek advanced medical care and services for their pet outside of the province and that had time and financial implications,” said Dr. Bailey. “We’re offering specialty care services, like the blood donor clinic, here at home. These services are an extension of the care pets receive from their primary care veterinarian.”

In order to offer specialty and emergency services to treat pets for such conditions as severe trauma, life threatening infections, and cancer, the VSC requires access to donor blood.

“Our blood donor pets help by keeping our in-house blood bank continuously stocked to save the life of another pet,” said Dr. Bailey. “They become our pet heroes.” 

It’s a service that saves lives. Carmel Doyle’s cocker spaniel Katie require two blood transfusions. Thankfully, the blood was available. The dog recovered quickly and is now back to her playful, energetic self. “My sincere thanks to the donor and pet owner who took the time to give the gift of life as well as to my own Vet - Dr. Colleen Simms and all the Vets and staff at VSC.” You can learn more about Katie’s story here.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Constable Bill Kennedy works with the K-9 unit. He says, “it’s very important for his unit to know there’s access to the blood supply in the city should one of the dogs need it.” Hear more from Cst. Kennedy about blood donation and meet his dog Gunner.

Once it has been determined your pet can be a donor, blood is collected. It takes approximately two hours for the assessment and donation process. Donor animals receive free laboratory testing including a full blood work-up during the first donation, health assessment, and a unit of blood or plasma transfusion for each unit donated, should the pet require it at a future date.

Your pet must also meet the following criteria:

  • Age of your pet 1 to 8 years
  • Vaccinations are up to date
  • No history of blood or plasma transfusion
  • Not currently on any medication
  • Healthy weight
  • Even-tempered

Pet owners interested in participating in the blood donor program are asked to contact the clinic for more information. You can also learn more by visiting our website at www.vscnl.ca.


Media Contact:

Ronalda Walsh, ABC

VSC Communications & Marketing

P: (709) 689-4997  E: rwalsh@nineisland.ca

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Dr. Pye

Dermatology Referral Service Offered April 22-26 at VSC

Dermatology Referral Service Offered

April 22-26, 2019 at VSC

Does your pet have a skin problem that’s hard to manage? Do you need a second opinion about your pet’s skin? A visit to a dermatologist may be the next step for you!

UPDATE: Please note all appointment times with Dr. Pye are now full. No further patient visits can be booked. Please watch our website and Facebook page for updates on future visits by Dr. Pye.

The Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador is excited to announce we will be hosting Dr. Charlie Pye, Veterinary Dermatologist, from April 22 - 26 at our hospital.

Why should you consider a dermatology consultation for your pet?
A dermatologist specializes in diseases affecting the skin, such as allergies. While your family veterinarian can diagnose and treat many skin conditions, a dermatologist has advanced training and experience specifically focusing on skin diseases. A veterinary dermatologist compliments the work your family veterinarian has started.

How can you see Dr. Pye?
Dr. Pye will see patients by referral only. Please contact your family veterinarian for more information regarding the testing and to request a referral. 

Dr. Pye

Dr. Charlie Pye

Please note: Dr. Pye has limited availability so be sure to ask your family veterinarian to get your information in early.

Need more information:
Please contact your family veterinarian or call our clinic at 709-221-7838.

Learn more about Dr. Charlie Pye:

Charlie Pye, BSc, DVM, DVSc, DACVD grew up outside of London, England and moved to Prince Edward Island (PEI), which she now calls home, at the age of eighteen.  There she attended the University of PEI where she completed a three-year bachelor of science undergraduate degree majoring in Biology. She went on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College in PEI. She then moved to Saskatoon to complete a one-year rotating internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Following her internship, Dr. Pye travelled back across the country for a Dermatology Residency at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). While at OVC, she also completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Science degree specializing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial biofilms. After completing her residency, she began working at Guelph Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Guelph, Ontario. During her time in Guelph she continued to travel back to PEI to teach the veterinary students at the AVC a few times a year.

As of May 2018, Dr. Pye joined the team at the AVC as an assistant professor, where she sees patients along with teaching veterinary students. She has lectured all over North America and has contributed to multiple journals and textbooks. She is also currently on the executive committee of the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.

In her spare time, Dr. Pye enjoys camping, crafting, and spending time with her partner Andrew, their daughter Sydney, their 3 cats and 2 terriers (both of which have allergies)!

Expert Care, Right Here

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(709) 221-7838

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Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

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(709) 221-7838

info@vscnl.ca

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Emergency Services Partnership

Oct 5, 2018

Emergency Services Partnership

The staff and management of the Veterinary Specialty Centre are pleased to partner with nine veterinary clinics in St. John’s and Mount Pearl to offer their after-hours emergency care services.

What does this mean?

Every clinic is provincially mandated to offer emergency services.  To ensure consistency in the delivery of service, the clinics have partnered with VSC. So, if your pet needs emergency care outside of your primary vet’s normal business hours, you will be referred to VSC.

Here’s a list of the clinics partnering with VSC:

If you have questions, please contact 709-221-7838 or info@vscnl.ca

Expert Care, Right Here

Address

860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

Contact

(709) 221-7838

info@vscnl.ca

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Address

860 Topsail Road

Mount Pearl, NL

Canada

A1N 3J7

Contact

(709) 221-7838

info@vscnl.ca

Social

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