Course Information

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4 June 2021 09:00 - 4 June 2021 17:00

Learn Online: Rabbit practice: Where to begin - Improving outcomes for the 'non rabbit' vet

Online , Online , Gloucester Gloucestershire, GL2 2AB

Learn Online: Rabbit practice: Where to begin - Improving outcomes for the 'non rabbit' vet

Start date: Friday 4th June 2021
Tutor: Molly Varga

Fees: BSAVA Member £120; Non Member £150

This course is designed to promote confidence in dealing with rabbit patients. Rabbits are the third commonest pet in the UK & USA, and increasingly owners have high expectations when presenting them for treatment. In many cases however the teaching of undergraduates is sadly lacking in this area leading to a lack of confidence when dealing with rabbits in practice.
Week one will address basic concepts such as husbandry, nutrition, physiological differences/similarities, the clinical examination and preventative healthcare.
Week two will look at anaesthesia (including analgesia) and dentistry.
Week three will be concerned with abscesses, wounds and general surgery.

Online activities (including quizzes and case studies) will support your learning and discussions on the online forum will be encouraged. We also provide additional resources to complement the course - the ‘BSAVA Bonus Bits’. These will include congress podcast recordings, JSAP and companion articles as well as a free chapter from the relevant BSAVA Manual (as well as a discount voucher for purchasing the whole book).

The first weekly unit will be released on the First Friday of the month, with the next weekly units being released on the following two Fridays. The discussion forum is open for the first three weeks of the course and the course content will remain available for a total of 8 weeks. You can complete the work how and when you choose over these 8 weeks.

Weekly Units

?1.   The basics - Clinical exam, history, husbandry, and preventative care
2.   Anaesthesia and dentistry
3.   Wounds, abscesses and general surgery

Learning Objectives

1.    Each attendee should be comfortable with performing a detailed clinical examination on a rabbit patient and should be able to determine whether the husbandry is appropriate for that animal.
2.    Each attendee should understand how to mitigate the risks of anaesthesia in their rabbit patients and the importance of perioperative stabilisation. The attendee will understand the choice of anaesthetic drug to suit each situation.
3.    Each attendee will become confident in obtaining and evaluating dental radiographs and translating the information obtained into appropriate dental interventions.
4.    Each attendee will become aware of the relevance and impact of adhesions on our rabbit patients and will become confident in actively avoiding causing these using routine neutering as an example.


Molly Varga Smith qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992, and has worked both in Canada and the UK. Molly gained the Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2003 and the Diploma in 2007. She is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Molly has written chapters for several BSAVA Manuals, and has edited the Manual of Nursing Exotic Pets and Wildlife. She is the author of the second edition of the Textbook of Rabbit Medicine. Molly lectures widely on topics related to exotic pets, particularly rabbits.


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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