Advanced Rabbit Medicine and Surgery - A 2-Day Practical Course

Avian & Exotic Animals

Date: Fri 15th Jun 2018 - Sat 16th Jun 2018
Venue: Vets Now Referrals, Swindon
Location: Southern England (Bristol or Heathrow Airport)
Accredited Hours: 15
Course Language: English
Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*
Qualified Vet -
GBP 750.00
GBP 825.00
Student -
GBP 200.00
GBP 220.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 6th May 2018
Registration Deadline: Friday 18th May 2018

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all  attendees when attending courses in the UK.


Fri 15 - Sat 16 June. A 2-Day Practical Course.


This 2-day course is designed to provide practical hands on experience for practitioners who are keen to develop their rabbit skills further. It starts out providing a solid grounding in common clinical presentations in rabbits such as dental, respiratory and neurological conditions, including details on critical care, analgesia and anaesthesia – all of which are vitally important to get sick rabbits better quicker. 


On the second day this is followed by a series of practical cadaver sessions including airway management, aural surgery, neutering and dental techniques. These classes present a unique opportunity to develop skills which are otherwise rarely offered.

On the first day the following topics will be covered in lectures and case presentations:

  • Rabbit nutrition and husbandry
  • Clinical assessment of rabbits
  • Rabbit critical care
  • Rabbit Anaesthesia
  • Approach to rabbit gastrointestinal stasis
  • Rabbit Respiratory disease
  • Rabbit dentistry
  • Rabbit Nervous Disease

Frank and honest topical discussions will be encouraged during the dedicated question times, with speakers sharing their successes and failures in order to maximise the learning experience for all attending veterinarians. Day 1 will conclude with an optional course dinner, which will give delegates the opportunity to get to know each other and to spend more time with the speakers.

On the second day, with intermittent pre wet lab lectures explaining the procedures, the 6-hour practical session will give delegates the opportunity to put theory into practice on cadaver specimens (at least 1 per delegate) and to ask questions all under the supervision of the course tutors. The following topics will be covered during the practical sessions:

  • Rabbit intubation and airway management
  • Rabbit Ear Surgery
  • Rabbit neutering
  • Rabbit dental techniques

The course fee includes lunches on site, coffee/tea breaks, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance (15 hours). On the evening of the first day all delegates are invited to attend the course dinner, which costs £25 (not included in the course fee, drinks will be charged extra). Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

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    Neil Forbes
    BVetMed, Dip ECZM(avian), FRCVS

    United Kingdom

    European & RCVS Specialist in Avian Medicine
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    Neil graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983 with a 1st Class Honours degree. He gained his RCVS Specialist status in 1992 and his FRCVS by examination in Exotic Bird Medicine in 1996. Neil gained his European Diploma (European Recognised Specialist) in 1997. He is well known to most UK clinicians as well as many from abroad. Neil has acted as the tutor on all European Association of Avian Vets, Avian Soft Tissue Wet Lab courses from 1997 to present.  Neil has lectured in many countries, contributed to more than 25 books and published numerous peer reviewed papers.

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    Elisabetta Mancinelli
    DVM CertZooMed Dipl. ECZM (small mammal)

    Italy, United Kingdom

    MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Small Mammals)
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    Elisabetta graduated from the University of “Federico II” in Naples, Italy, in 2002. Her interest in exotics became clear shortly after her graduation and her career started in an exotic only private practice in Italy. She completed an externship program at the “Angell Animal Memorial Hospital” in Boston (USA) focusing on exotic animal medicine and surgery. In 2007 she moved to UK where she initially worked in private practice and wildlife charities. She started the first ECZM Residency (small mammal) in June 2009, which she completed at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, in 2013. She holds the RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine and she recently became the first ECZM (Small Mammal) Diplomat to have obtained her qualification by examination. She is currently working in private practice in Scotland where she is setting up the exotic service.

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Vets Now Referrals, Swindon


Unit 10, Berkshire House,County Park,Shrivenham Rd, SwindonSN1 2NR


Distance from Heathrow Airport - approx. 66 m

Distance from Bristol Airport - approx. 50 m


Travelling by car

From the M4

Come off at junction 15 onto the A419 towards Swindon. Take the first junction off the A419 onto the A4259 and take the first exit off the roundabout, passing the Hospital on the left. At the next roundabout take the third exit following the A4259, Queen’s Drive. Follow the A4259 until Drakes roundabout and take the second exit onto the A4312, Drakes Way. Turn left at the traffic lights onto Ocotal Way and then right at the next set of traffic lights onto Shrivenham Road. At the mini roundabout turn right into County Park Business Park. We are located at the end of the road on the left.

From the A419/A420

At the White Hart Roundabout, take theA4312 - Oxford Road exit (signed Town Centre). Remain on the A4312 until the Greenbridge Roundabout. At the roundabout take the second exit (signed Town Centre & A4312). Turn right at traffic light junction with Ocotal Way - A313. Turn right at set of lights (signed Marshgate) onto Shrivenham Road. Turn right at mini-roundabout into the County Park Business Park. We are located at the end of the road on the left hand side.

Travelling by Public Transport

By Bus/Train

From Swindon Rail Station walk to bus station (Bay 16) and take the 66 Bus. After 4 stops exit at Walcot East, Drakes Park. From there it is a 6 minute walk to the center.

Local Hotels

Best Western Premier Blunsdon House Hotel**** 

Blunsdon, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN26 7AS. Tel.: +44 (0) 845 776 7676 

Distance to clinic: 4.9 m

Rooms from £77 

Brook Madison *** 

Oxford Road, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, SN3 4TL. Tel.: +44 (0) 1793 831 333 

Distance to clinic: 1.9 m

Rooms from £70

Jurys Inn*** 

Fleming Way, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2NG. Tel.: +44 (0) 1793 445600 

Distance to clinic: 1.3 m

Rooms from £67 

Travelodge Hotel - Swindon Central

Princes Way, Princes Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, SN1 2SF. Tel: +44 (0) 871 984 6328 

Distance to clinic: 1.3 m

Rooms from £34 

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