Pet Blood Bank are governed by a few governing bodies (see below) and have significant legal administration to comply with and rules to abide by set out by these governing bodies
It is important to understand that all the governing bodies are regulators for us and have input into how we operate. We communicate with these organisations when we want to make a big change but ultimately the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)govern PBB and inspect the blood bank to ensure we are adhering to the guidelines that they have set
PBB licence- Non Food Animal Blood Bank (NFABB) No. Abb/30549/8000
Extract below from Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
- A NFABB license authorises the collection, storage and supply of blood for use in non-food producing animals to meet unforeseen or exceptional needs
- The storage and supply of blood constituents obtained by the physical separation of donor blood into different fractions within a closed-bag system is also acceptable under this license
- An NFABB license will only be granted if the VMD is satisfied that:
- the welfare of the animals used in the collection of blood will be respected
- the production process will provide a consistent, safe product
- the blood bank is under the supervision of a veterinary surgeon, or a person that is suitably qualified to operate the blood bank
Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
- VMD protects animal health, public health and the environment.
- They promote animal health and welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines
- As an executive agency of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) they contribute to their objectives to protect public health and meet high standards of animal welfare.
- Their work also helps the Food Standards Agency to protect and improve the safety of food people eat.
- The VMD inspect PBB every 2-3 years to ensure we are comply with the rules set put by them to run PBB
Follow the link to learn more about what the VMD https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/veterinary-medicines-directorate/about
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
- The RCVS aim to enhance society through improved animal health and welfare. They do this by setting, upholding and advancing the educational, ethical and clinical standards of veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses.
- As a statutory regulator they are responsible under the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 for keeping the register of veterinary surgeons eligible to practise in the UK, setting standards for veterinary education and regulating the professional conduct of veterinary surgeons.
- Our vets and registered veterinary nurses follow RCVS guidelines and taking blood is part of recognised veterinary practice
- VMD report into the Home Office on our activities
- The Home Office are responsible for ensuring donor welfare