Veterinary information about rabbit medicine and surgery
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.
Rabbit CPD Programmes
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.
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:
A course for Vet Nurses, Animal Care Assistants or anyone who nurses sick rabbits is to be held on Friday October 27th. Details of the course can be seen here. Booking can be made online
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.
Find a Rabbit Vet
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 email 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.
Clinical Research Projects
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