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Frances Harcourt-Brown BVSc FRCVS

Career history

Fellowship thesis: 

Metabolic bone disease as a possible cause of dental disease in pet rabbit




Frances Harcourt-Brown was the original and sole author of the Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. It was a book that took several years to write. Before she retired from veterinary practice in 2016, Frances was also a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Rabbit Medicine and Surgery who only treated rabbits. In her retirement, she is building on the success of her textbook by concentrating on providing free information about diseases of pet rabbits. By slowly adding articles and illustrations, as well as updating existing ones to this website, it is hoped that the Veterinary Information section will prove to be a valuable resource for vets, veterinary nurses and rabbit owners. 


A series of courses is available that are aimed at vets and nurses with an interest in rabbit medicine and surgery. 2017 is the third year of Rabbit CPD courses. They are held  near Harrogate, North Yorkshire. The venue is good and Harrogate is a lovely place to visit. There are good transport links. More information can be found here.

For vets

Three course are arranged for 2017. Two on advanced rabbit medicine and one on surgery. The course on Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth took place in March.

The dates for future courses in 2017 are:

October 12th and 13th: Advanced Rabbit Medicine:: Diseases of the Thorax and Abdomen
November 9th and 10thRabbit Surgery 

For Nurses

A course for Vet  Nurses, Animal Care Assistants or anyone who nurses sick rabbits is to be held on Friday October 27th.  This course is fully booked.

For Owners 

Following the success of previous Owner's Days, another has been arranged for Saturday 16th September 2017.  It is entitled Decision making for owners and vets. Everyone with an interest in rabbits is welcome. Booking can be made online or by post.


In response to the problems that rabbit owners sometimes experience in finding a vet to treat their rabbit, a list of owner's recommendations for vets has been compiled. If you are a rabbit owner that would like to add your vet to the list- please your recommendation.  The Vet Finder part of the website also includes a list of vets who attended the Rabbit CPD course in 2015 and 2016 and are happy to accept rabbits as referrals or second opinions.


Floppy Rabbit Syndrome

Floppy rabbit syndrome is a neurological condition that leads to tetraparesis. Recovery is possible. The cause of the condition is unclear and a clinical research project is underway to learn more about it and investigate the possibility of a diagnostic blood test. More details can be found here

Sudden or Unexpected Death Project

Funds are available to pay for histopathological investigation of tissues collected during post-mortem examination of rabbits that have died suddenly or unexpectedly. More details can be found here


In 2016, an extremely generous lady bequeathed funds for several places for vets to attend the Rabbit CPD. Amazingly, she bequeathed more funds for 2017 and provided places for vets and nurses on the CPD courses. Her bequest was in memory of a special rabbit. We cannot thank her enough.