Research project calls for better rabbit knowledge

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund, alongside academic experts, has discovered poor levels of education when it came to the treatment of rabbits.

The ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ survey revealed that more specialist teaching was required to improve competence and confidence in treating rabbits.

Results showed that many vets lacked confidence, particularly at the point of graduation where only one in 10 vets felt well-prepared. The survey also found that 40% of vets received one day or less of teaching on rabbits during their degree.

Nicola Clements, a first year PhD student at Hartpury University, said: “There is the perception in the rabbit owning community that many vets in general practice lack confidence when treating rabbits, and we wanted to explore this further with our research.

“This was a small survey but offered clear indicators that education on rabbits during veterinary degrees needs to change. Ideally, more research needs to take place on a wider scale with the support of one or more veterinary schools.”

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