A nonprofit uniquely dedicated to improving Sighthound health through education, outreach programs, and research.

The Greyhound Health Initiative

We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of sighthounds around the world ​by building awareness of ​their unusual ​medical​ characteristics​ ​within​ the​ veterinary​ and adoption communities through our education, outreach, and research programs. We hope to promote collaboration, enhance skills, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge for the best sighthound health and veterinary practices.

Follow us on Facebook for timely updates about what we’re doing, public appearances, medical discussions, and other news. Whether you have greyhounds or galgos, wolfhounds, or whippets, learn more about the Greyhound Health Initiative and the research we do on sighthound health.

Veterinarians can join a global ListServ dedicated to sighthound medicine by sending a request to GreytVets-Subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

Blood Bank

Just like human doctors, veterinarians have to respond to emergency situations and illnesses where blood products can mean the difference between life and death. The Greyhound Health Initiative Blood Bank is committed to providing the life-saving products veterinarians need while educating both veterinarians and the public on the benefits of transfusion medicine in domestic dogs. It’s true that Greyhouhounds make the best blood donors for a variety of reasons, but any healthy dog over 50 lbs and between 1 and 7 years old is eligible to be a blood donor. Think your pooch has what it takes to be a hero? Find out more!

Veterinarians, need blood products for your clinic? Find out how to order.

Adoption groups! Interested in holding a blood drive? If you’re within three hours of Columbus, Ohio, have six to 10 potential donors that can meet every other month, and a location where we can work, then we can come to you! Call us today to discuss the details: 1-800-416-5156 x1.

Health Updates


Those of you who have dogs that donate to the Blood Bank may have concerns about COVID. We want to assure you that staff at Riverside Animal Care and our Blood Bank are taking the necessary precautions to sanitize the clinic multiple times daily with a fogger and continuously throughout the day with sanitation products. We ask that any client who is ill or has been recently traveling remain at home. According to the CDC, “There is currently no evidence to suggest that companion animals, pets, or service animals can spread the novel coronavirus.”

At this time, we are not allowing visitors into the building. Please let us know when you arrive for your pets appointment by calling 1-800-416-5156 x1. Please make sure to have your form filled out ahead of time. We will try to make any accommodations necessary to make you feel comfortable bringing your pet in for donations. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions or concerns.



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