Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund News

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The winter's rolling in, please keep your rabbits warm

Extremely cold weather has been forecast in the UK, so please please take steps to ensure your rabbits are protected from the extreme conditions. See the link below for some great ideas.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Rabbit Welfare Fund 2010 Conference

The Rabbit Welfare Fund 2010 Conference will be held at the Village Hotel, Bury,Manchester – on Saturday 22nd May 2010.

To book your place, go to our shop site: www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catalog

Once again the conference will comprise two series of lectures. One series will be for veterinary professionals (veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and students) and the other for rabbit owners, rescue workers, animal care assistants, and is open to anyone with an interest in rabbits.

Rabbit owners/rescuers and veterinary professionals need to be aware of different information relating to the medical care of rabbits. Dividing delegates into veterinary and non-veterinary streams ensures that the lectures are tailored to meet the special requirements of each group.

A distinguished panel of veterinary surgeons and experts will deliver the lectures to each group in the morning and afternoon sessions, so each group will be able to listen to all six speakers. There will be an opportunity for questions.

Registration will begin at 8.30am with lectures beginning at 9.30am and ending at 5pm.

A full delegate pack, refreshments throughout the day and a buffet lunch are included in the price of the conference. Please specify on the booking form if you require a vegetarian or vegan meal. If you require a more specialised diet we recommend that you bring your own.

Please also advise if you are a vet/ vet nurse/rabbit owner/rescue so that you can be put in the correct stream.

Accommodation – Those wishing to stay at the Village Hotel must arrange this directly with the hotel. 0161 7626014. Reduced rates are available by quoting reference DE00712125 when making your reservation.

Accommodation costs are not included in the delegate ticket price.

The delegate rates for the conference will be
RWA member booking up to & including 20th March 2010 =£80.00
RWA member booking after 20 March 2010 = £90.00
Non RWA member booking up to & including 20th March 2010 £95.00
Non RWA member booking after 20 March 2010 £105.00

The RWA members discount applies only to the named RWA member or for a Veterinary Surgery membership, to those working at the practice. Partners/friends of RWA members must pay the non RWA members rate.

It is recommended that bookings should be made as soon as possible, to take advantage of the of the reduced ‘early bird’ rates.

Speakers and topics will be:

Brigitte Reusch BVetMed (Hons) CertZooMed MRCVS
First Dedicated Lecturer in Rabbit Medicine & Surgery in Europe.
Royal (Dick)School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh University

Advances in rabbit anaesthesia - How can we make it safer ?

Kevin Eatwell BVSc (Hons) DZooMed (Reptilian) Dip ECZM(Herp)RCVS MRCVS
Recognised Veterinary Veterinary Specialist In Zoological Medicine ( herpetological) Royal (Dick)School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh University

The use of diagnostic endoscopy in rabbit medicine..

Sharon Redrobe BSc(Hons)BVetMed CertLAS DZooMed MRCVS.,RCVS Diplomate in Zoological Medicine, RCVS. Recongnised Specialist in Zoological Medicine.
Head of Veterinary Services, Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Safe and Deadly Medicines for rabbits

Molly Varga BVet Med DZoo Med MRCVS
Cheshire Pet
Examiner of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons ZoologicalMedicine Board & External Examiner for the Modular Zoological Medicine Certificate for the University of Edinburgh

Adrenal disease in rabbits.

Richard Saunders BSc(Hons) BVSC CertZooMed CBiol MiBiol MRCVS
RWA/F Veterinary Resident/Bristol Zoo Gardens. Senior Clinical training Scholar in Rabbit & Zoological Medicine.

Liver lobe torsion A Deadly Twist

Anna Meredith MA VetMB CertLAS DZooMed MRCVS
Head of Exotic Animal Services, University of Edinburgh
RCVS Diplomate in Zoological Medicine. RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

The rabbit GI tract – on a knife edge “

Veterinary Stream
Matt Brash BVetMed MRCVS
TV Zoo Vet & Small Animal Veterinary Advisor to Burgess Pet Care

Owners Stream
Ingrid Tarrant
RWF Patron, TV Personality & Author

Conditions of booking

1 Full payment must be made at the time of booking.
2 Cancellations by delegates: All cancellations must be notified in writing. The RWF regrets that it cannot offer refunds for cancelled places unless it is able to re-sell the ticket. If the conference sells out , the ticket price less a cancellation fee of 25% will be refunded.
3 Cancellation by the organisers, in the unlikely event of cancellation of the event by the RWF, the ticket price paid will be refunded in full. However the RWF cannot be responsible for consequent expenses incurred by the delegates.
4 The organisers reserve the right to amend the programme or speakers without prior notice.
5 A surcharge of £5 will be levied for any changes to delegates details once an application has been processed (unless an error is made by the organisers)
6 Only the named individual for whom the ticket is purchased will be permitted to attend the conference
7 The RWF reserves the right to validate veterinary professionals’ employment to ensure eligibility to attend the veterinary professionals lectures.
8 If bookings are delayed or lost in the post and arrive after 20 March 2010, delegates will be required to pay the additional charge for their place.
9 Bookings must be received by the 14th May 2010

For further information
Contact Anne Mitchell by telephone 0844 3246090 or by e mail hq@rabbitwelfare.co.uk

To book a place, please fill in the form and send it together with your cheque(payable to The Rabbit Welfare Fund) or your debit/credit card details. and an A5 large letter SAE (for confirmation of your booking, accommodation and travel details) to:
Conference Bookings, PO Box 603, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5WL

Bookings may also be made on line at www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catalog/

Please ensure you have read and accept the booking conditions.

Delegates will be sent confirmation of their booking. If this has not been received within two weeks of application, please contact Anne Mitchell.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rabbit Care Project - Please help with the survey

Katie Emmerson, A Veterinary Medicine Student from the University of Nottingham is undertaking a research project on how pet rabbits are kept in the UK. There is surprisingly little information available about how rabbits are kept as pets, and so any piece of research in this area is extremely valuable to the RWAF cause of improving the lives of pet rabbits in this country.

Please spare a few moments and click here to take the survey

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Important Announcement - Change of Telephone Number

Due to a change in OFCOM regulations, The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund's telephone number has been changed to 0844 3246090.

Please ensure that you have amended your address book as, if you dial the old number the association will be charged.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Association with RWAF

Owner Lecture - Autumn Bunny Needs

Wednesday 9th September 2009 at the Hospital for Small Animals, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian, EH25 9RG.

Free advice.

Free care sheets.

Free evening presentation by Brigitte Reusch 

Owner lecture from 6:00-7.00 pm on "Rabbit care for Autumn and Winter" including information on diet and housing to help prevent disease in these seasons. Top tips on rabbit handling will also be given. 

Everyone interested in the care of pet rabbits welcome.

Light refreshments will be available during the meeting.

To register for the evening meeting, please contact (0131) 650 7650. Further information can be found on the university website www.dickvetexotics.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Please Protect Your Rabbit from the Summer Heat

In the hot summer weather please remember to do everything you can to keep your rabbits cool and comfortable. In the wild they can burrow below ground to keep cool but domestic rabbits don’t have that luxury so please do what you can.

If your rabbits are outside then please make sure they have plenty of shade. If their run can be put over cold paving slabs out of sunlight then they can spread themselves out over the cool stones to keep their temperature down. Battery operated fans are also a good idea and can be picked up cheaply on ebay or in shops. It’s important to make sure that the rabbits can’t get any part of their body caught in the fan though. A good trick is to freeze a plastic bottle of water for them to lean against if they are too hot. Please note that the bottle must always be wrapped in a tea towel to prevent ice-burn. Keep a spare in the freezer to replace the other when it thaws. Garden umbrellas are also a good idea to keep a run out of direct sunlight but please be sure to move it as the sun’s position changes so it continues to provide cover.

And please always be on the lookout for the risk of Flystrike, which is much greater in the hot weather as the number of flies increases. For those who don’t know, Flystrike is a common and deadly condition for domestic rabbits, where flies lay their eggs in soiled fur, resulting in maggots hatching and literally eating the rabbit’s flesh. Ideally rabbits should be cleaned out every day and be given clean, fresh hay. Check your rabbit’s bottom regularly and ensure that it is clean. If not then gently clean with lukewarm water and cotton wool, before patting dry with kitchen towel. Another trouble spot for flystrike is just above the tail, so please be sure to check there too. If your rabbit has long hair then it needs to be brushed regularly. Plastic netting can be obtained from DIY shops and placed over runs and hutches to prevent flies getting in easily.

Keep an eye on your buns, and if you have any doubts then please get them checked out by a vet. Remember that rabbits are prey animals and will, by instinct, disguise any illness or injury as much as possible, so please watch carefully and observe any signs of over heating, or any other kind of problem.

If you know anybody who has a pet rabbit then please pass this information on to them.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Royal Veterinary College - Fly Strike Study

The Royal Veterinary College (University of London) are, with the support of the RWAF, undertaking a study into Blowfly strike, an all too common and fatal condition in domestic rabbits.

They're asking for help from rabbit owners to spend a few minutes completing a survey to help in their resarch into this terrible condition. In case you need prompting, there are prizes on offer kindly donated by TheHayExperts.com. Please see the message below from the College...

Blowfly strike in rabbits - a deadly disease.


Would you like to help improve the understanding of a dangerous disease as well as be in for a chance to win some great rabbit related prizes from www.thehayexperts.com and The Rabbit Welfare Association?

Be part of a nationwide study that will help us to understand why some rabbits are more susceptible to blowfly strike (infestation with maggots) than others.If your rabbit has suffered blowfly strike in the past, you will know what an unpleasant condition this is. Blowfly strike is not only widespread but also frequently results in the death of the infested rabbit. There are still, however, aspects of the disease that we know relatively little about, such as what factors make certain rabbits more attractive to blowflies than others?

We hope to be able to answer questions like this by means of a nationwide survey of caring and responsible rabbit owners organized by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund and The Royal Veterinary College (University of London).The survey will be divided into two parts:

(1) The first part is designed to gather together information about your rabbit (breed, sex, age, housing, diet, etc); - FILL THIS IN TODAY!!


(2) The second part will only need to be completed if your rabbit suffers blowfly strike this year.This is the first time such a study has been conducted online and should only take around 10 minutes to complete. We will be giving away some great prizes kindly donated from the people at www.thehayexperts.com and The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund for you and your rabbit, the winners will be drawn at random at the end of the study.

If you are a current rabbit owner and would like to help please follow the link below to the survey - and THANK YOU for your help!!