Behind the Scenes With Blood Donor Horses
The 1,700-pound Shire-cross gelding gets lots of attention and, of course, treats on “blood day.” It generally takes about an hour for his humans to collect the 10 liters (2.5 gallons) of blood from his jugular vein, and that means a full hour of one-on-one people time for Miller.
Miller is one of four “blood horses” living at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) Equine Hospital, in Hertfordshire, U.K.
“These horses live in a social group and enjoy a good, natural lifestyle,” said Josh Slater, BVSc, BVM&S, PhD, Dipl. ECEIM, MRCVS, former president of the British Equine Veterinary Association and professor of equine clinical studies at the
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