#ItTakesTwo: Companionship in rabbits is key to their welfare, says vets

Date: 
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Source: 
BVA

In a joint position, BVA, BVZS and BSAVA have called for greater awareness of the health and welfare benefits of housing rabbits in compatible pairs.

Three leading veterinary bodies have teamed up to produce a series of recommendations to raise the bar on rabbit welfare in the UK.

In a joint position published today (15 January 2020), the British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) have called for greater awareness of the health and welfare benefits of housing rabbits in compatible pairs.  They are also recommending that rabbit medicine should be featured more prominently within the veterinary curriculum so that vets are better equipped to care for the species.

According to the 2019 PDSA PAW report, rabbits are the UK’s third most popular mammalian pet. However, their needs remain very misunderstood. A recent BVA survey of vets in the UK showed that 73 per cent had seen pet rabbits who were not having all of their welfare needs met and of the rabbits they saw, 42 per cent were housed alone.

...follow the link to read the article in full on the BVA website...