Melbourne canine blood donor to retire

29 June 2015

Meet “Daisy,” the beautiful 56kg Leonberger who has been a regular blood donor at the University of Melbourne canine blood donor program. “Daisy” is just about to hit retirement age so will no longer be able to donate her precious blood to help the many emergency patients presented at U-Vet Animal Hospital (

University of Melbourne Veterinary School
‘Daisy’ is just about to hit retirement age (photo credit: U-Vet Animal Hospital)

Each one of Daisy’s donations helped three dogs in emergency situations and everyone is thankful that she has been part of the team!
How can a dog become a blood donor?
Blood donor requirements:

  • 25kg or over
  • Fully vaccinated
  • Between the ages of 1 and 7 years
  • Not received a blood transfusion before
  • A known health and travel history
  • Ideally a calm temperament

Melbourne Veterinary School’s DVM program is always a popular choice among OzTREKK students. The four-year, graduate-entry degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.
Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 18, 2015; however, as this program can fill quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their completed applications as soon as possible.
Entry Requirements
Eligible applicants must have completed

  • an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree with majors in Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology); and
  • prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.

Selection into the Melbourne DVM will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average or above should apply.
The university may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant’s application, and students may be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.

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Do you have questions about Melbourne Veterinary School and about studying veterinary programs at Australian universities? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady: or 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).