Being prepared to treat emergency cases requires access to a constant supply of whole blood, packed red blood cells, fresh frozen plasma, and many other blood products. We have a blood donor program where most of our donors are pets of the NEAMC staff. These well screened dogs and cats are able to periodically donate blood. We also have a special centrifuge that allows us to separate blood into its various components for long term storage. In addition we utilize regional blood banks when necessary to maintain an adequate stock of fresh frozen plasma and other life saving blood components.