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The Challenges of Indoor Living… Lockdown for Rabbits and Guinea Pigs?

Presented by John Chitty BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS

About the webinar

Many rabbits and Guinea pigs are kept indoors rather than (as traditionally) outdoors. On the surface this would seem safer and more controllable, but indoor living can bring its own challenges for prey species.

This webinar will look at some of the medical problems associated with indoor living as well as possible social issues. It will discuss how to mitigate some of these issues and how living with predators may be made easier.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the differences between indoor and outdoor husbandry
  • Understand some of the different medical issues
  • Understand how to reduce stresses on indoor-living rabbits and guinea pigs
  • Understand the importance of correct socialisation and group structure
  • Understand how to manage issues once they’ve begun

About the speaker

John Chitty BVetMed CertZooMed MRCVS

RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Zoological Medicine. Qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1990 and gained RCVS Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2000

Co-Director of a small animal/exotics practice in Andover, Hampshire with a 100% avian/exotics/small mammal caseload – referral and first opinion. Consultant to seven zoological collections, a commercial laboratory and the Great Bustard Reintroduction project.

Co-editor of three texts on avian medicine, one on rabbit surgery and co-author of a textbook of tortoise medicine. Author of various book chapters and papers on a range of species.

President of European Association of Avian Veterinarians 2015-17 and on editorial board of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.

President of the British Small Animal Veterinary Association 2017-18.

Trustee and Hon Sec of Vetlife.