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Rabbits & Rodents

Rabbits and Rodents

Pet rabbits and rodents are presenting to veterinary practitioners in ever increasing numbers. As the numbers climb, so too does the general public’s expectations that veterinarians can provide these unique species with excellent veterinary care.

The pet rabbit and rodent patient can provide unique challenges that set them apart from the more common canine and feline medicine disciplines.

This course aims to provide the practitioner with a general overview of rabbit, guinea pig, rat and mouse veterinary medicine. Beginning with the basics in rabbit and rodent biology, the course will then explore clinical anatomy and physiology, husbandry, nutrition, preventative health, handling, restraint, clinical procedures, therapeutics, anaesthesia and common problems in rabbit and rodent health.


“The course was very good in content and relevant to clinical practice.  The tutor was available to answer questions and clarify any points of doubt.  I really enjoyed it” Anonymous.

“Very informative course that can be applied in general practice” Anonymous.

Learning objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will be:

  • Knowledgeable about biology, clinical anatomy and physiology, husbandry, nutrition and preventative health of rabbits and rodents
  • Confident about handling, restraint, physical examination, clinical techniques and general anaesthesia of rabbits and rodents
  • Confident in approaching pet rabbit and rodent patients and be able to formulate a measured diagnostic and therapeutic methodology to their common problems.


  1. Natural History and Biology
  2. Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Husbandry
  4. Nutrition and Preventative Health
  5. Handling, restraint and Physical Examination
  6. Clinical Techniques
  7. Rabbit Radiology and Radiography
  8. Therapeutics
  9. Anaesthesia
  10. Common Problems


Monday 12 August - Sunday 8 September 2019
Delivered Online


BSc BVSc (Hons) Dipl. ABVP (Exotic Companion Mammals)

David Vella consults exclusively as an exotics vet in Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1992, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1996, both from the University of Sydney. In 2009, David became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammals, the first and only Australian vet to achieve these credentials. David's interest in natural history began early in life. Growing up In Sydney's suburbia he was lured to the appeal of native avifauna and herpetofauna. His first four years of vet life were spent practicing in the UK, where his exposure to 'exotic' pets was greatly enhanced. Since graduating as a vet, the appeal of exotic veterinary medicine has engaged David to work on a range of exotic animals. He is particularly interested in small mammals (especially rabbits) as well as reptile and amphibian medicine and surgery. David now consults as a primary accession and second opinion exotic small mammal and reptile vet in Sydney at the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre (Crows Nest).

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members