The rabbit-friendly practice

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Veterinary surgeons must make animal health and welfare the first consideration when attending to animals. With the increase in the number of rabbits being presented for veterinary care, practices should aim to promote the reduction of stress in the surgery and its associated negative impact on the welfare of patients. This chapter covers staff training, the waiting and consultation rooms, equipping the hospital ward, preventive healthcare and euthanasia. An example rabbit discharge sheet is included, together with client handouts.

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6.1 Entrance from reception into the separate ‘quiet’ waiting area. Quiet waiting area. This room leads directly off the reception area. It can be used as a waiting area for rabbits and small exotic pets or as a non-clinical space in which to perform euthanasia. The room has couches and reading material similar to the waiting room; however, there is no clinical equipment.
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6.2 A boarding cage showing a large cardboard tube used as a hide area. (Courtesy of R Guy)
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6.3 Bonded pair of rabbits in a hospital cage.
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6.4 Vegetables planted in the veterinary practice for rabbit patients. (Courtesy of S Weaver)
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6.6 A rabbit under general anaesthetic, with an endotracheal tube in place.


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Feeding your rabbit a healthy diet

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Housing your rabbit

Looking after your older rabbit

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