october, 2022

03octAll Day28Anaesthesia, Analgesia and Critical Care for Rabbitsconfirmed runningOnlineCPD Type:Tutored CPDSubject:ExoticsCPD Hours:10 hoursCost:£200 *Confirmed Running

Course Details

Week 1
Making Rabbit Anaesthesia Safer

Pre-op advice for clients

ASA grading – what increases the risk

Monitoring under general anaesthesia

Post-operative care

Learning objectives

We will recap rabbit anaesthesia and how you can help build up your confidence, including pre op, intra op and post op care

Signs to be monitoring under anaesthesia – including CO2, SPO2, reflexes, HR, RR and BP readings

Using the ASA grading system, we will look at why rabbits may be at a higher risk, compared with dogs and cats when placed under GA

Intubation and maintaining an airway – the options


Week 2
Analgesia – Taking the Pain Away

The signs of pain

Causes of pain

Knock on effects of uncontrolled pain

Analgesia options

Learning objectives

The signs that rabbits show when in pain can be missed. As prey animals they are programmed to conceal signs – we will discuss the signs

Learn how to use with the ‘Rabbit Grimace Scale’ in conjunction with clinical signs

The secondary problems that pain can lead to, when it is not managed correctly

Know what analgesia options can be used in rabbits


Week 3
Preparing for an Emergency

Preparation at the practice

Triaging rabbits

Obtaining a capsule history


Managing owner expectations

Learning objectives

When the phone rings it is important to be prepared for the emergency rabbit case. Know what to do and what equipment to set up to be ready

Understand how to triage rabbits and when continuing to do so may be detrimental

How to get a quick and useful history from the owner to enable treatment to commence

Assessment of the rabbit – from head to toe

Communicating with clients, managing their expectations and keeping them informed


Week 4
Critical Care – Keeping them Alive!

What is and what isn’t an emergency?

What to do when faced with a rabbit emergency

Stabilisation and oxygen therapy

Learning objectives

Rabbit emergencies are not always obvious, and knowing what is and what isn’t an emergency is important

We will discuss health conditions which are emergencies in rabbits, including gastrointestinal stasis/blockages, flystrike, liver lobe torsion and respiratory distress

Keeping stress to a minimum is important – learn how to achieve this

The signs of improvement and deterioration.



The course will be fully tutored by Claire Speight and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.


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october 3 (Monday) - 28 (Friday)




Claire SpeightA1 Clinical Coach, C&G Cert Nursing Exotic Species, RVN Senior Nurse, Kettering Vets4Pets