Advanced Rabbit Medicine and Surgery - Online Lecture Series & 1-Day Wetlab

Avian & Exotic Animals

Date: Sat 15th Oct 2022
Venue: Rutland House Referrals
Location: Saint Helens, Merseyside (Liverpool or Manchester Airport)
Contact Hours: 15
Course Language: English
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Qualified Vet -
GBP 750.00
GBP 825.00
Veterinary Student -
GBP 200.00
GBP 220.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 4th September 2022
Registration Deadline: Friday 16th September 2022

* 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.


Sat 15 October. A 1-Day Practical Course.


This 1-day course is designed to provide practical hands on experience for practitioners who are keen to develop their rabbit skills further.

The lectures are provided as revordings, and it is expected that these are worked thorugh ahead of the wetlabs in order to provide 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.

The following topics will be covered in lectures and case presentations recordings:

  • 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

The wetlab day consists of 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.

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 lunch on site, coffee/tea breaks, extensive course notes and a certificate of attendance. 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 qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1983. He is a Diplomate of the European College of Zoological Medicine, Specialist in Avian Medicine and an FRCVS. Neil was responsible for teaching avian medicine at Bristol Vet School from 2001–2011. He has lectured internationally for many years, has contributed to more than sixty-five peer review papers and to more than thirty-seven books.  Neil has received multiple national and international awards and is a past President of both, The European College of Zoological Medicine and The European Board of Specialisation.

    Neil headed up Great Western Exotic Vets (part of the Vets Now group) in Swindon, from 2004 to 2017.  He now consults part-time at a range of national and internal locations.  He is otherwise occupied with voluntary conservation work with critically endangered vultures, lecturing, and managing other consultancy instructions.

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    Molly Varga
    BVetMed DZooMed MRCVS

    United Kingdom

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    Molly graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1992. After graduation she spent the next 4 years working in small animal and exotic medicine in Canada. These varied experiences included working in multicentre urban practice in Toronto and a small exotics practice in rural Ontario. Her case load included a lot of native wildlife such as raccoons, skunks and red-tailed hawks. After returning to the UK in 1996 she has worked in both London and the North West. Molly gained her Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and her Diploma in Zoological Medicine (Mammalian) in 2007.   Molly now heads the exciting new specialist exotic pets service at Rutlland House Referral Hospital in St Helens, Merseyside.

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Course Program

Rutland House Referrals


Abbotsfield House
Abbotsfield Rd
Saint Helens


Rutland House Referrals
Abbotsfield House
4 Abbotsfield Rd
Saint Helens WA9 4HU

Phone: +44(0)1744 853520



By Car:

Travelling from The South

rom the M62 junction 8 use the left lanes to exit towards Warrington West on the A574. At the roundabout take the 5th exit into Burtonwood road and continue onto Clay lane , after 1 mile turn left into Gorsey Lane and after 0.5 miles turn right onto Neills Road. Follow the B5204 for 1.1 miles and then turn left onto Travers’ Entry and then left to Abbotsfield Road and the Hospital is on the right.

Travelling from North:

Take the M6 to Haydock island in Newton -le-Willows exit at junction 23 From the M6 onto Vista Road B5209 , turn right onto Crow Lane and after 1.5 miles turn left onto Penkford Lane , a further 1.1.miles turn right onto Travers’ Entry and then left onto Abbotsfield Road and the Hospital is on the right.



The closest Airport is Liverpool John Lennon airport which is approx. 12 miles and 25 minutes form the Hospital by car


St Helens South Premier Inn 


St Helens


Phone: + 44 (0) 333 321 9022


2.5 miles

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Mercure St Helens 

Linkway St Helens

WA10 1NG

Phone:+44(0) 1744 453444

3.3 miles

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Ecclestone Arms 

156 Prescot Road

St Helens

WA10 3TU

Phone:    +44 (0)1744 881 881


3.8 miles

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