Rabbit Welfare and Ethics Day

Held via The Webinar Vet

Rabbits are recognised as one of the most neglected pets in the UK. We are all stakeholders and we can all do

something to improve their welfare. You are invited to a Rabbit Welfare & Ethics Day.

The aim of the day is to highlight some of the many issues that face pet rabbits today, and then discuss what

we can all do to improve their welfare, and hopefully come up with some actions to do so.


9.00 – 9.30 Introduction Dr Emma Milne
9.30 – 10.00 Bracycephaly; prevalence, consequences, welfare impact. What can be done? Dr Richard Saunders
10.00- 10.30 What is the ideal rabbit diet? Dr Nadene Stapleton
10.30 – 11.00 Showing and show jumping. Is it ethical? Dr Emma Milne
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee  
11.30 – 12.00 ‘There’s no place like home’. Rabbit housing in the 21st century. Dr Jane Tyson
12.00 – 12.30 The rise of ‘Rabbit Friendly’ practices, how can we ensure that the rabbit's needs  at home are being met? Anna Ewers Clark PDSA
12.30 – 13.00 Rabbit Welfare Strategy and Codes of Practice RSPCA & RWAF  
13.00 – 14.00 Lumch  
14.00 – 14.30 Prioritising welfare needs, identified by research at Bristol University / RSPCA Dr Nicola Rooney
14.30 – 15.00 “Morbidity and mortality of domestic rabbits under primary veterinary  care in England” Why are we failing them and what can be done? Dr Dan O’Neill
15.00 – 15.30 “What Makes a rabbit cute? Preference for rabbit faces differs according to skull  morphology and demographic factors” How can we change this? Dr Naomi Harvey
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee  
15.45 – 16.15 Exploring other extreme anatomical features and the welfare impact for the rabbit Dr Emma Milne
16.15 – 17.00 Discussion and action planning All
17.00 – 17.30 Summary and close Dr Emma Milne


Prices: £80 early bird (until 1 May). £100 full price. £50 for students.

Saturday, June 5, 2021