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EXOT400-0323: Basics of Rabbit Medicine

The lectures for this course will be presented via the Zoom webinar platform.

Presenter: Logan Kopp, DVM
Course Open: March 1-April 8, 2023
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2023; 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 8
RACE Category: 8 hours Medical

Enrollment is closed.  

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by February 22, 2023)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by February 22, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

Course Information:
Rabbits are the third most popular mammal in the United States. More and more clients want their rabbits to be treated with the same level of care they have become accustomed to with their dogs and cats. Unfortunately, many general practitioners did not get the opportunity to learn about rabbits in veterinary school.

In this course, we’ll review each organ system and discuss the most common clinical diseases affecting each system. We will use evidence-based medicine to discuss how to properly rank differential diagnoses when presented with a rabbit patient in general practice.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • obtain an appropriate history and complete a physical exam.
  • understand clinically relevant anatomy and physiology of pet rabbits.
  • define Rabbit Gastrointestinal Syndrome (RGIS) and know how to treat the most common primary causes.
  • diagnose and treat common ocular diseases in pet rabbits.
  • diagnose and treat common skin diseases in pet rabbits.
  • diagnose and treat rhinitis and otitis media.
  • diagnose and treat common urinary diseases in pet rabbits.
  • diagnose and be aware of treatment options for a thymoma in a pet rabbit.
  • diagnose and treat common dental diseases in pet rabbits.
  • diagnose Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease 2 (RHDV2).
  • understand how to run an effective RHDV2 vaccine clinic.
  • recognize Encephalitozoon cuniculi, the various treatment options, and controversies regarding E. cuniculi.
  • understand the differential diagnoses for seizures in pet rabbits and the most common treatment options.
  • understand how to safely sedate and anesthetize pet rabbits for common procedures.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians interested in the basics of rabbit medicine.
Credit Approval: This course is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-981500)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session March 8, 2023): Introduction / Overview of Rabbit Medicine

Week 2 (Real Time Session March 15, 2023): Gastrointestinal Syndrome and Ocular Disease

Week 3 (Real Time Session March 22, 2023): Rabbit Skin and Respiratory Disease

Week 4 (Real Time Session March 29, 2023): Urinary and Neurological Disease / Anesthesia and Surgical Techniques

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

Enrollment is closed.  

Tuition: Member $184 ($166 early bird special if enrolled by February 22, 2023)
Non-Member $292 ($263 early bird special if enrolled by February 22, 2023)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on March 8, 2023 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

Enrollment qualifications:
  1. VIN CE Courses:
    1. VIN CE courses are open to VIN member, VIN student member, and non-member veterinarians.
    2. Veterinary support staff must be VSPN members in order to enroll in a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. VSPN CE Courses:
    1. VSPN CE courses are open to veterinary support staff and veterinarians.
    2. Only VIN and VSPN members can enroll in a VSPN CE course.
    3. Veterinarians will only receive credit for those VSPN CE courses that specify in the Accreditation statement that the course is accredited for veterinarians.
  3. Please check the course Level and Prerequisites, Accreditation, and Tuition before enrolling.
  4. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses.
    1. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  5. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Director

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