The Rabbit Welfare Association & Fund
Rabbit Welfare and Ethics Day 2021 Recordings

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF) hosted their Rabbit Welfare and Ethics Day on Saturday 5th June 2021.

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. 

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.

You can purchase the recordings to the event below:


Price excludes VAT
£ 100
  • All webinar recordings from the live event
  • Access on demand until 6th December 2021

Student Ticket

Special Discount for Vet Students!
£ 50
  • All webinar recordings from the live event
  • Access on demand until 6th December 2021

Hipra are delighted to be sponsoring the RWAF Welfare and Ethics Day with Eravac, the first RHVD2 vaccine for pet rabbits. Eravac provides immunity in the presence of MDA, plus early vaccination from 30 days, in a whitish RTU emulsion. In single doses, with a 7 day onset of immunity, and 1 yr DOI, this makes Eravac the vaccine of choice for RHDV2 naïve and young rabbits

Event Programme


09:00 - 09:20
Dr. Emma Milne

Bracycephaly; prevalence, consequences, welfare impact. What can be done?

09:30 - 10:00
Dr. Richard Saunders

What is the ideal rabbit diet?

10:00 - 10:30
Dr. Nadene Stapleton

Showing and show jumping. Is it ethical?

10:30 - 11:00
Dr. Emma Milne

Coffee Break 11:00 - 11:30

11:00 - 11:05
David McGahie, HIPRA 'Is it only mirrors that reflect?'

‘There’s no place like home’. Rabbit housing in the 21st century.

11:30 - 12:00
Dr. Jane Tyson

The rise of ‘Rabbit Friendly’ practices, how can we ensure that the rabbits needs at home are being met?

12:00 - 12:30
Dr. Anna Ewers Clark

Rabbit Welfare Strategy and Codes of Practice RSPCA & RWAF

12:30 - 13:00
Rae Walters & Dr Jane Tyson

Lunch 13:00 - 14:00

13:00 - 13:05
Nationwide Labs

Prioritising welfare needs, identified by research at Bristol University / RSPCA

14:00 - 14:30
Dr Nicola Rooney

“Morbidity & mortality of domestic rabbits under primary veterinary care in England” Why are we failing them & what can be done?

14:30 - 15:00
Dr Dan O’Neill

“What Makes a rabbit cute? Preference for rabbit faces differs according to skull morphology & demographic factors” How can we change this?

15:00 - 15:30
Dr Naomi Harvey

Coffee Break

15:30 - 15:45

Exploring other extreme anatomical features and the welfare impact for the rabbit

15:45 - 16:15
Dr. Emma Milne

Discussion and action planning

16:15 - 17:00

Summary and Close

17:00 - 17:30
Dr. Emma Milne