SAVING the region’s pets and livestock is not enough for one group of local veterinary professionals.
Now they’re stepping up to save human lives.
At least 17 of the Warrnambool Veterinary Clinic’s 30-plus employees are following the lead of their 28-year-old colleague Katy Davis and rolling up their sleeves to give blood.
Inspired by her parents and her partner’s military involvement, Dr Davis said it was easy to make the call to the Red Cross.
“My parents have always advocated donating blood, with my dad having donated for the last 30 years,’’ she said.
“My support for the cause was further strengthened after spending the last seven years in the garrison city of Townsville in north Queensland.
“My partner served in East Timor and in the Middle East and we were surrounded by the effects of both conflicts and have seen the life-saving effects that a blood donation can be for injured soldiers.’’
Dr Davis has donated blood three times while her workmate Dr Anthony Down will soon donate for the 30th time. He also plans to donate plasma.
Animal nurse Sue Thompson knows very well the importance of blood donations, having had a life-saving transfusion in 1989.
“When I had my twins I had to have a blood transfusion,’’ Ms Thompson said.
“I wouldn’t have survived without the transfusion — there’s no doubt about that.’’
The 50-year-old mother of three adult daughters said she was proud to get involved.
“I only just donated for the first time. It’s a great thing and I think as many people as possible should do it.’’