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Companion Animal Practice
Developmnents in the veterinary care of rabbits and rodents
  1. Paul Flecknell

    Paul Flecknell qualified from Cambridge veterinary school in 1976. It was while working for a PhD at the Medical Research Council's Clinical Research Centre in Harrow, that he developed his major interest in animal anaesthesia. He is currently director of the Comparative Biology Centre at the University of Newcastle. He holds the RCVS diploma in laboratory animal science and is also a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia. He is the current president of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists.


THE popularity of small mammals as pets, rabbits in particular, has increased in recent years. In the past, clinical management of these species was hampered by a lack of readily accessible information, but this is now changing with the publication of a range of useful texts. This article highlights some of the developments in the veterinary care of rabbits and rodents, with particular emphasis on the use of anaesthetics, antibiotics and other therapeutic agents. It is important to note that many of the products discussed do not have a product licence for the species concerned, and veterinary surgeons must use their clinical judgement when using these agents.

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