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Rabbits & Rodents

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 was a great timeonline course. The information was very relevant to private practice and the case studies were an enjoyable way to consolidate my learning." 

Lisa Towns

Learning Objectives

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

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and affordable short online CPD

TimeOnline is a quality online education program delivered by veterinary experts, in short, manageable timeframes. You will be engaging with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum and other online resources including a set of concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links, and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and complete your CPD requirements. All participants receive an electronic certificate upon successful completion of the course. 

Complete at your own pace over 4 weeks to earn 10-20 CPD points (depending on the course).


Monday 6 April - Sunday 3 May 2020
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 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 is owner and director of Sydney Exotics & Rabbit Vets (SERV) that operates out of North Shore Veterinary Specialist Centre (Artarmon).

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*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.