A practical approach to rabbit and rodent surgery

Key Information

CPD Hours: 14 hours 6 hours for the recorded webinars and 8 hours for the practical day

Course Length: One day

Course Format: Recorded lectures, case-based discussions and practical sessions

Course Programme

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Both lecturers were very personable and interactive. Good quality and availability of specimens and equipment.

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Update on current techniques in anaesthesia and analgesia, including intubation techniques
  • Common surgical conditions and how to deal with them
  • Approach to dental abscesses and extractions including dental nerve blocks
  • Flank ovariohysterectomy/ovariectomy in rats and guinea pigs, abdominal castration of guinea pigs
  • Liver lobe torsion surgery
  • Partial ear canal ablation and bulla osteotomy
  • Nephrectomy
About this course

Would you like to improve your confidence when performing small mammal surgical procedures in first opinion practice?

This course of recorded webinars will be followed by an all-day practical covering a variety of surgical conditions that can pose challenging for the small mammal surgeon. The focus of the practical day will be on procedures that are performed in general practice and will be on a variety of small mammal species. These will include dental and orofacial procedures such as abscess resection, in addition to surgery of the gastrointestinal, urinary and reproductive systems.

Why do this course?
This course will be of interest to you if you see rabbits and other small mammal patients on a regular basis and wish to update your knowledge and improve your surgical skills.


Vicki Baldrey, BSc BVSc DZooMed (Avian) MRCVS
Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery
The Royal Veterinary College

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

Nadene Stapleton, BVSc MRCVS CertAVP (Zoological Medicine)
Exotics Clinician
The Royal Veterinary College

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