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 2022

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 are hoping to deliver this course on Tuesday 24th May 2022 however due to the ongoing pandemic and wider implications on the RVC we can not take bookings at this time. In the meantime please register your interest with us and we will contact you when the course is bookable

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

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