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Companion Animal Practice
Safe handling and restraint of pet rabbits
  1. Dermod Malley

    Dermod Malley graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, in 1967 and founded his own small animal practice in Wickford, Essex, in 1973. He handled many rabbits in his 30+ years in practice — both as first- and second-opinion cases. In 1997 he was awarded an FRCVS diploma by examination in psittacine medicine. He retired from practice in 2004 and is now a visiting lecturer in rabbit medicine within the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the Royal Veterinary College, London. He is otherwise kept fully occupied gardening and undertaking ineffectual DIY.


GREAT strides have been made in rabbit medicine in recent years, but the nervous and rather unpredictable nature of this species presents challenges for the practitioner striving to provide the best care for these patients and their owners. This article discusses safe handling and restraint of pet rabbits in the consulting room in the interests of animal welfare and staff safety.

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