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. 


For vets, a series of courses for vets are availabe. The courses run over two days and are aimed at vets who are especially interested in rabbit medicine and surgery. These courses proved to be so popular 2016 that the programme will be repeated in 2017.

The dates for 2017 are:

March 9th and 10th: Advanced Rabbit Medicine: Diseases of the Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth
October 12th and 13th: Advanced Rabbit Medicine:: Diseases of the Thorax and Abdomen
November 9th and 10th: Rabbit Surgery 
Bookings will be available soon
For owners, the course on Encephalitozoon cuniculi and related disease earlier this year was a success despite the complexities of explaining microsporidial life-cycles, immunity and serological testing. The course on Chronic health problems also proved to be popular.

Next year, another owner's course will take place on Saturday 16th September 2017 on Frequently Asked QuestionsBooking will be possible soon. 


Collections of images can be found in the gallery that may be helpful to vets, veterinary nurses and rabbit owners. More images will be added to the gallery as time goes on

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 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.

Vet's Forum

There is a forum for veterinary delegates to exchange information, images and opinions on rabbit cases. This is only open to vets that have attended Rabbit CPD course.


There is still so much to learn about diseases of rabbits and gathering information is essential. There are currently requests for case material from rabbits with myiasis. The Mammal Society is also appealing for material to investigate myxomatosis.