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

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Reformatted for 2021

Course Information

Key Areas
  • Update on current techniques in anaesthesia and analgesia, including intubation techniques
  • Common surgical conditions and how to deal with them including; -Is it surgical?
  • Gastrointestinal obstruction in the rabbit
  • Approach to dental abscesses in rabbits and rodents
  • Improving neutering techniques for the smaller patient
  • Approach to dental 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, ureterotomy
About this course

We plan to run this course on Tuesday 2nd November 2021. The RVC is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all our students so we may be required to make changes to course provision depending on the COVID-19 situation in the coming year. We will therefore not require payment until we are confident the course can go ahead. Please register your interest in attending by emailing cpd@rvc.ac.uk

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 webinars allow you to learn at your own pace and they can be listened to at a convenient time, you will need to have worked through them as a prerequisite for attending the practical component of the course. The practical session will allow delegates to practise surgical procedures 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. The focus of the practical day will be on procedures that are performed in general practice.

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

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