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16 January 2019 20:00 - 16 January 2019 22:00

Holistic Rabbit Anaesthesia: it’s more than just drugs!

The Potters Heron Hotel, Ampfield, Romsey Hampshire, SO51 9ZF

An evening course provided by Jo Hinde from lagolearn to provide gold standard anesthesia, pre- and post-op care for our rabbits.

Rabbits are the 3rd most popular pet in the UK but often the most misunderstood. When we see them in clinic it is important to take an all encompassing (holistic) approach to their care as this will improve the treatment we give and their response to it. Rabbit anaesthetics have a bad reputation for being difficult, stressful and going wrong, however this does not have to be the case. Rabbit mortality rates have been shown to be significantly higher than in cats and dogs but this can be reduced by improving the protocols used.

The first part of this presentation discusses the advantages of thinking beyond the day of the procedure. A re-cap of anatomy, physiology and behaviour will allow delegates to understand how rabbits are different to cats and dogs and why anaesthesia needs to be specifically adapted for this species. It will explain how to best achieve this as well as how factors such as diet and housing can affect the viability of the patient for elective surgery. Stress reduction both at home and in clinic will be explored and the potential benefits discussed.

Securing the patients airway is a vital part of any rabbit procedure and the next part of the lecture will cover the pros and cons of the most commonly used airway management techniques. The correct placement of face masks, endotracheal tubes and supraglottic airway devices will be discussed along with their maintenance and monitoring requirements. This aims to enable the delegates to have up to date knowledge that can assist them to make the safest and most appropriate choices when planning and undertaking rabbit anaesthesia cases.

Finally, the recovery period will be discussed including monitoring, nutrition, discharge and care at home. This presentation aims to equip all delegates with a greater understanding of rabbits needs as well as providing a range of species specific protocol options that can be used in practice to improve the levels of care and welfare.

This evening will also include the Southern Annual Regional Meeting.

This course is being jointly run with Lagolearn

Speaker: Jo Hinde RVN

Intended for Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Nurses and Students.


Terms and Conditions: All courses must be paid for in full at the time of booking.

To qualify for an applicable refund, cancellations must emailed to or requested by telephone on 01452 726700. With over 30 days’ notice we will refund 70% of the course fee.  With between 15-30 days’ notice we will refund 50% of the course fee.  No refunds will be provided for cancellations with notice of 14 days or less, however if we are able to resell your place on the course we will provide a full refund.

BSAVA reserves the right to alter the programme or the speaker should this become necessary due to unavoidable circumstances.  BSAVA reserves the right to cancel a course due to unforeseen circumstances.  Registrants should note that the BSAVA member's rate applies only when the person attending the course is a member of the Association.  To qualify for the reduced member's rate for courses, non-members must join BSAVA prior to the course.

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