Rabbits & Rodents | Centre for Veterinary Education

Rabbits & Rodents

Pet rabbits and rodents are presenting to veterinary practitioners in ever increasing numbers.

As the numbers climb, so too does the general public’s expectations that veterinarians can provide these unique species with excellent veterinary care. The pet rabbit and rodent patient can provide unique challenges that set them apart from the more common canine and feline medicine disciplines.

This course aims to provide the practitioner with a general overview of rabbit, guinea pig, rat and mouse veterinary medicine. Beginning with the basics in rabbit and rodent biology, the course will then explore clinical anatomy and physiology, husbandry, nutrition, preventative health, handling, restraint, clinical procedures, therapeutics, anaesthesia and common problems in rabbit and rodent health.

Past Participants:

'Great course, I know feel much more confident handling basic rabbit and rodent cases.'

Stefan Saverimutt

'This course provided excellent content and presentation with David replying quickly and in depth to all questions asked. Thank you for taking the time to present this course and answering the many questions asked!'

Rhyanna Tedesco

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will be:

  • Knowledgeable about biology, clinical anatomy and physiology, husbandry, nutrition and preventative health of rabbits and rodents

  • Confident about handling, restraint, physical examination, clinical techniques and general anaesthesia of rabbits and rodents

  • Confident in approaching pet rabbit and rodent patients and be able to formulate a measured diagnostic and therapeutic methodology to their common problems.


  1. Natural History and Biology

  2. Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

  3. Husbandry

  4. Nutrition and Preventative Health

  5. Handling, restraint and Physical Examination

  6. Clinical Techniques

  7. Rabbit Radiology and Radiography

  8. Therapeutics

  9. Anaesthesia

  10. Common Problems

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • A set of written notes and photographs within each module
  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding

  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors

  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course

The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.


Monday 12 March - Sunday 8 April 2018
Delivered Online


BSc BVSc (Hons) Dipl. ABVP (Exotic Companion Mammals)

David Vella consults exclusively as an exotics vet in Sydney. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1992, and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1996, both from the University of Sydney. In 2009, David became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Exotic Companion Mammals, the first and only Australian vet to achieve these credentials. David's interest in natural history began early in life. Growing up In Sydney's suburbia he was lured to the appeal of native avifauna and herpetofauna. His first four years of vet life were spent practicing in the UK, where his exposure to 'exotic' pets was greatly enhanced. Since graduating as a vet, the appeal of exotic veterinary medicine has engaged David to work on a range of exotic animals. He is particularly interested in small mammals (especially rabbits) as well as reptile and amphibian medicine and surgery. David now consults as a primary accession and second opinion exotic small mammal and reptile vet in Sydney at the North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre (Crows Nest).

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au to register.