Round Up of Rabbit Care (Feb 2022)


6 week course (15 hours CPD), starting 21st February 2022


Week 1
Nutrition and Husbandry at Home

  • Dietary requirements
  • Environmental needs
  • Incorrect feeding problems
  • Obesity
  • Tempting rabbits to eat hay

Learning objectives

  • We will discuss the nutritional requirements of rabbits and why these are important
  • Recognising problems related to incorrect or poor diet and the implications these have on health and welfare
  • Rabbits need large enclosures, which allow them to exhibit normal behavioural patterns.  These are important from a health and welfare perspective. We will examine what rabbits need to be happy
  • Obesity and how to implement a weight loss programme for rabbits
  • Methods to encourage picky rabbits to eat hay!


Week 2
Preventative Healthcare

  • Neutering – when and why
  • Vaccination – myxomatosis, RVHD1 and RVHD2
  • Endo and ectoparasites
  • Flea treatment
  • Worming treatment

Learning objectives

  • When is the best time to neuter rabbits – why we should be neutering all rabbits – health, welfare and behavioural benefits
  • Latest vaccination information and background on these fatal viruses
  • Which endo and ectoparasites can affect rabbits and the clinical signs
  • If rabbits require prophylactic flea and worm treatment and if so when


Week 3
Implementing Rabbit Clinics and Client Evenings in Practice

  • Setting up rabbit clinics
  • Running client evenings
  • What to discuss
  • Health checking
  • Benefits to the practice

Learning objectives

  • Client education is imperative but there is more than one way to deliver this
  • Discover the benefits of both rabbit clinics and clients evening
  • What should be discussed and the clinical examination to help detect problems
  • Why being a rabbit friendly practice is of benefit to you!


Week 4
Common Medical Diseases

  • Gastrointestinal stasis and blockages
  • Dental disease
  • Urinary tract disease
  • E. cuniculi
  • Myxomatosis and RVHD

Learning objectives

  • Common conditions that rabbits are presented to veterinary practices for and require hospitalisation
  • Ascertaining if a rabbit has gastrointestinal stasis or a blockage – differences and treatments
  • The clinical signs and causes
  • Treatment options
  • Preventative measures to help ensure rabbits remain healthy


Week 5
Rabbits in the Practice

  • Reducing stress
  • Hospitalisation
  • Gold standard rabbit nursing
  • Medicating
  • Fluid therapy and blood sampling
  • Supportive feeding

Learning objectives

  • Everything that we do to rabbits whilst they are hospitalised induces some degree of stress.  There are ways to reduce this, which is easily achieved in practice
  • Hospitalised rabbits can require in-depth care which can be daunting. Learn how to effectively nurse rabbits to ensure optimum care
  • Being able to medicate rabbits in an effective and safe manner is imperative, as well as how to syringe feed, deliver fluid therapy and acquire successful blood samples with minimal stress to the rabbit or nurse!


Week 6
Rabbit Anaesthesia and Analgesia

  • Signs of pain
  • Analgesia options
  • Making rabbit anaesthesia safer
  • Monitoring under general anaesthesia

Learning objectives

  • Anaesthetising rabbits can be overwhelming, but doesn’t need to be. We will recap rabbit anaesthesia and how you can help build up your confidence, including pre op, intra op and post op care
  • Rabbits do demonstrate signs of pain – although these can be missed. Learn what clinical signs rabbits show, to use with the Rabbit Grimace Scale, and the analgesics used in rabbit medicine
  • Signs to be monitoring under anaesthesia – including CO2, SPO, reflexes, HR, RR and BP readings


The course will be fully tutored by Claire Speight and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, forum discussions and quizzes.


Delegate feedback from Feb 2021 course:

  • "Amazing! Learnt a lot"
  • Forum was easy to use, and Claire was great at responding to questions"
  • "Many thanks for your support and guidance. I certainly have a new mind set when it comes to informing owners and carrying out rabbit anaesthesia"
  • "Great further reading and resources.  Lots to print off and use back in practice"

For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses - please open the guide below:

Claire Speight

A1 Clinical Coach, C&G Cert Nursing Exotic Species, RVN


Qualifying as a veterinary nurse in 2007, Claire has always had an interest in rabbit nursing. She gained the City and Guilds veterinary nursing of exotic species certificate in 2009, and has worked as an A1 assessor and now a clinical coach within her practice.


Claire currently works in Kettering as a Senior Nurse in a practice with a high rabbit caseload, and also frequently lectures on rabbits to both veterinary professionals and owners. Claire has and continues to be a regular contributor to several publications including; LAPIS, Pet Gazette, Veterinary Nursing Journal, and Veterinary Nursing Times, and is also the editor of ‘Rabbiting On’ – the Rabbit Welfare Association’s quarterly magazine.

This online course is worth 15 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.


The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.


After 8 weeks, all learning material will be cleared from the delegate’s account, so please ensure any important course notes or information is saved to your personal computer before this time.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD


“Amazing!  Learnt a lot”

“Many thanks for your support and guidance. I certainly have a new mind set when it comes to informing owners and carrying out rabbit anaesthesia”

Forum was easy to use, and Claire was great at responding to questions”

“Great further reading and resources.  Lots to print off and use back in practice”