Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine Host Annual Red Cross Blood Drive

by Anissa L. Riley

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 11, 2012) - “Giving the gift of life“ is an annual focus of the Student Chapter of American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA) at the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) when they team up with the American Red Cross. Many TUSVM students, faculty and staff came out to donate one pint of blood on Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In total, over 24 pints of blood was donated and helped SCAVMA reach its targeted goal. photo1

For those who could not donate, many volunteered their time to assist the nurses by helping at the recovery table. Others came out to support their friends, classmates and teachers.

As an incentive to donate, all donors received a t-shirt and their names were entered into a drawing to win a $1,000 gift card from a home improvement store. TUSVM students were also awarded SCAVMA points for their community service. SCAVMA works diligently to host various community service projects throughout the year.

“Community service is a big deal for the Tuskegee chapter of SCAVMA. We thank all the students, faculty and staff for supporting the annual Red Cross Blood Drive and we hope that this community service continues for years to come so we can be an on-going part of saving the lives of not only animals, but people as well,“ said Giavanna Gaymon, SCAVMA events coordinator for 2012-2013. To learn more about the various community outreach efforts at the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health, visit www.onemedicine.tuskegee.edu.