AABB logo whiteThe Australian Animal Blood Bank is the only licensed and registered canine blood bank in Australia. The canine donors are pet owned dogs within the community, who come and donate blood every 3 months. The AABB is essentially the Red Cross for dogs.

 The AABB are confronted at the moment with insufficient blood to supply Veterinarians for the Christmas and New Year period and are seeking owners of calm, large breed dogs that would be interested in having their dogs participate in their program.

They provide full comprehensive blood work upon entry into the program and every year that they are in the program, complimentary parasite prevention and other goodies including treats and pet products.

Any assistance in increasing the awareness of our program would be greatly appreciated.


Similar to humans in need of lifesaving blood transfusions, dogs can also benefit from donated blood given by an anonymous donor.

The lives of up to 3 critically ill dogs can be saved from just one unit of blood donated. Every year many dogs require treatment for a variety of life threatening situations. Transfusion of blood products may be needed to assist in the support of surgical procedures, cancer treatment, parvovirus, snake envenomations, toxicities and anaemia or bleeding disorders such as haemophelia.

Your dog can make a difference in the lives of others.



Your dog can become part of our Blood Donor Program if they:

• Have a good temperament and are willing to “Volunteer”

• Weigh between 25 and 70 kilograms

• Are between the ages of 1 and 6 years of age (Donors are retired at 8 years of age)

• Are in excellent health!


EXCLUSIONS - Your dog will not be able to donate if they:

• Have had a serious health condition

• Have been sick recently (e.g. coughing, vomiting, diarrhoea)

• Have been diagnosed with a heart problem

• Have ever had a seizure 

• Have been vaccinated in the past 4 weeks

• Have received medications other than flea, tick and heartworm prevention in the past 2 weeks

• Have had or will have surgery within 4 weeks

• Have ever received a blood transfusion

• Have donated in the last 6 weeks

• Females who have been pregnant and not desexed


When is it time for your pet to stop donating?

• On your pet’s 8th birthday

• Following 3 unsuccessful donation attempts

• If blood bank staff discover a health concern at donation

• If there is persistently abnormal blood test results


 What do you and your dog receive?

• Free pre-inclusion health screen, blood typing and annual health screening as long as they are in the program.

• Dogs that donate regularly will be supplied blood products if they need them due to illness or accident on a one for one basis*

• A full physical examination at each 3 monthly donation.

• Products supplied by our sponsors *


Donor Enquiry

If your dog meets our criteria please contact us via email at or phone: (02) 9605 8485