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Jurox launches expert guidelines for rabbit anaesthesia
Jurox Ltd, manufacturer of Alfaxan® for dogs, cats and pet rabbits, has launched an informative booklet covering expert guidelines for rabbit anaesthesia.
The ‘Considerations for Anaesthetising Rabbits’ expert panel guidelines booklet has been produced following the inaugural rabbit anaesthesia roundtable meeting in June 2017, which featured a panel of leading experts discussing best practice rabbit anaesthesia. Topics focused on the challenges faced by vets and nurses when presented with a pet rabbit patient. The experts included:
  • Dr Henri Bertrand, DVM Cert LAM (Can) MRCVS, University of Oxford, Department of Biomedical Services
  • Abigail Edis, RVN FdSc CertVNES, Exotics Veterinary Nurse, Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital, Royal Veterinary College
  • Camilla Gardener, RVN Cert Exotics, Highcroft Vets
  • Joanna Hedley, BVM&S DZooMed (Reptilian) Dip DECZM (Herpetology) MRCVS, Lecturer in Exotic Species and Small Mammal Medicine, Royal Veterinary College
  • Sonya Miles, BVSc MRCVS, Highcroft Veterinary Referrals
  • Ms Joanna Potter BSc BVMS BMus MANZCVS (Anaesthesia and Critical Care) MRCVS Dip. ECVAA, Senior Anaesthetist, Langford Veterinary Services, University of Bristol
  • Richard Saunders, MRCVS, DZooMed (Mammalian), Bristol Zoo
  • Dr Nadene Stapleton BVSc, MRCVS, Exotics Department, Beaumont Sainsbury Animal Hospital, Royal Veterinary College
  • Dave Tittle, BVetMed CertVA MRCVS RCVS, Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Anaesthesia, Director, Charter Veterinary Hospital Group Ltd
  • Miss Tamsen Wren, RVN Cert VN ECC MBVNA, Charter Veterinary Hospital Group Ltd
The booklet contains practical advice on handling rabbits, anaesthetic drugs, procedures and what to look out for from the moment the rabbit arrives into the practice up to recovery and homecare; there is special attention to the considerations veterinary professionals must take in practice in order to reduce anxiety of the rabbit patient as much as possible at every stage.
Topics covered in the booklet include: medications in rabbits generally used according to the UK prescribing cascade; preparing for rabbit anaesthesia in clinic; staff training; an overview of anaesthetic drugs; induction process and important points of difference; monitoring and recovery and adjunctive treatments.
Richard Beckwith, country manager of Jurox (UK) Ltd, comments: “Rabbits are prey species and often become stressed in the veterinary practice environment which can have a negative impact during anaesthesia and post-anaesthesia.  Our new Considerations for Anaesthetising Rabbits’ expert panel guidelines booklet will help address this and raise anaesthesia and analgesia standards in veterinary practices.
The booklet is just one of Jurox’s educational initiatives that help veterinary practices deliver the most up-to-date and comprehensive anaesthesia for their patients. The company also hosts CPD meetings, in-clinic discussions on practice protocols relating to pre-meds and analgesia and lunch and learn meetings.
For further information on the ‘Considerations for Anaesthetising Rabbits’ expert panel guidelines booklet go to, contact Jurox customer services on or telephone 0800 500 3871.

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