Just as the panic about equine flu seems to be dying down, another potential pandemic has arisen to ensure that vets don’t get to relax just yet. This time the victims are rabbits, and the scourge is rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease variant two.
Vets are being warned to be on high alert for the virus after six rabbits died in a rescue centre in Oldham this week. It is estimated that as many as 1.3 million pet rabbits in the UK are at risk of the contagion, thanks to lack of adequate preventative care. The RVHD2 virus is spread very easily between rabbits and on surfaces, human clothing and things like hay bales. If a rabbit owner is unaware that their pet has the virus, it will continue to spread rapidly. There is an incubation period of three to nine days, during which time the virus is already highly contagious.
RVHD2 presents with very few symptoms, making it particularly worrying, as infected rabbits can go undiagnosed until it is too late to intervene, and also gives the virus longer to spread undetected.
Stop it before it starts
RVHD2 is a new variant of the original rabbit viral haemorrhagic disease, and only emerged in 2010. As such, there has been relatively little time to study it, so no cure currently exists. It is therefore particularly important to take precautionary measures to ensure that you don’t let your practice harbour the contagion, and can also make sure that any rabbit patients you see are given appropriate care to avoid contracting the infection.
In her webinar “Prevention Is Better Than Cure: The Importance of Preventative Rabbit Medicine”, Jo Hinde covers all the important facts you’ll need to know about looking out for RHD2, and how to make sure none of your patients suffer from this preventable disease. This presentation will discuss the range of problems, diseases and illnesses that can affect rabbits and what preventative measures can be taken to minimise the risk. This would include medical treatments, environmental adaptations and how to increase owner awareness and compliance. This webinar specifically covers RVHD2.
The good news is that you can get this webinar today for just £7 + VAT!
This recording is available to watch right away, so get yours now and make sure you don’t let RVD2 get the best of you!
Meet the speaker
Jo has worked in the veterinary industry since 2007 and has always had a special interest in rabbits. She owns and runs LagoLearn, providing rabbit specific CPD to veterinary professionals in both the UK and internationally. She also spends a significant amount of voluntary time working with charities and parliamentary groups to highlight animal welfare and is proud to be Junior Vice President of the British Veterinary Nurse Association. Jo attends many events, gives lectures and writes articles for the veterinary industry as well as the general public and schools. She has received several awards over the years including the Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year in 2014, an RCVS Innovation Award winner in 2017 and the IFAW Animal Advocate Award in 2017.