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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. 


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

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


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.


Interesting results can be gained from surveys of rabbit owners.  Origin of RHD oubreaks and  Owners experiences of Floppy Rabbit Syndrome are the current ones. More details can be found here. 

This website is currently undergoing reconstruction.