Small mammal nursing online

Key Information

CPD Hours: 18 hours

Course Length: Six weeks

Course Format: An intensive tutor-moderated online learning experience. Resources include electronic course notes, online lectures, videos and discussion forums with colleagues and tutors

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This course last ran 3 Jun 2019, we may be releasing new dates soon, please contact us for further information.

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A very enjoyable course, learning about small animals and how the treatment of them can be improved and put into place.

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Rabbit basic nursing care and biology
  • Rabbit anaesthesia and advanced nursing
  • Rodent basic nursing care and biology
  • Rodent anaesthesia and advanced nursing
  • Ferret nursing
  • Exotic mammal nursing
About this course

How comfortable are you with nursing a rabbit, rodent or other small mammal?

Small mammals may be unfamiliar patients in practice. This course will dispel the myths surrounding their care and enable a greater confidence in dealing with these challenging, yet rewarding cases.

This course will cover the general approach to nursing the small mammal patient, including species-specific biology, nutritional and husbandry needs. Stabilisation, anaesthesia and some more advanced critical care techniques will also be discussed to develop a logical and comprehensive approach to the nursing care of these species.

Why do this course?
You will build upon your current nursing skills to learn how to formulate a comprehensive nursing care plan for the commonly presented small mammal species, based on their nutritional and environmental needs, which are often very different from dogs and cats. You will also gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of how to safely anaesthetise these species and how to approach the critical patient.


Vicki Baldrey, BSc BVSc DZooMed (Avian) MRCVS
Exotics Clinician
The Royal Veterinary College

Kelly Deane, FdSC RVN CertVNES
Exotics Veterinary Nurse
The Royal Veterinary College

Abigail Edis, FdSc RVN CertVNES
Exotics Veterinary Nurse
The Royal Veterinary College

Joanna Hedley, BVM&S DZooMed (Reptilian) DipECZM (Herpetology) MRCVS
Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College