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About

Frances Harcourt-Brown is a vet with an interest in rabbits. In 2007 she became the first and only  Specialist in Rabbit Medicine and Surgery. She also became  a de facto diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine. Frances retired as a European Specialist in 2015 and an RCVS Specialist in June 2016 when she also retired from practice.

With the help of her husband, Nigel, Frances wrote the first edition of the Textbook of Rabbit Medicine that was published in 2001. The book took 4 years to write and was researched carefully. It was written because of the lack of scientific information about the diseases of pet rabbits at that time. Frances is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her Fellowship thesis was on 'Metabolic bone disease as a possible cause of dental disease in pet rabbits', which can be downloaded from the RCVS library. Frances is a co-editor  of and contributor to the BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Surgery Dentistry and Imaging that was published in 2013.

As someone who finds it hard to resist an abandoned animal, especially if it is ill or injured, Frances and her husband have owned (and still own) many animals, including rabbits. Their home is surrounded by fields that are occupied by rabbits and other wildlife, which provides the ideal opportunity to observe their natural behaviour. During her retirement, Frances hopes to collate all the information she has gained about rabbits during the last 20 years and publish articles and images on this website that may be useful to vets, vet nurses and rabbit owners. She still has several scientific papers to write.