The keeping of rabbits as house pets, historically speaking, is a very new phenomenon. Especially in comparison with dogs, which were domesticated before the dawn of recorded history, a pet rabbit is still quite uncommon in the modern world. Because of this, it should not come as a surprise that veterinary medicine knows much less about lagomorphs than they do about canine and feline companion animals.
That is why it is gratifying to see a news report about a new research project that is being started by a veterinary institution in Scotland that will study medical treatments for rabbits and exotic pets.
Here is a report as published by the Scotsman:
The University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School has announced a three-year scholarship for a residency on Rabbit and Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery.
Surgeon Jenna Richardson will carry out research at the UK’s only veterinary school to have a dedicated Exotic Animal and Wildlife Service (EAWS).
Dr Anna Meridith, head of EAWS, said: “The main focus of the residency programme will be on advancing clinical practice in the field of rabbit and exotic animal medicine and disseminating this to the profession. Jenna will be involved in EAWS’ ongoing outreach programme to vet practices and to rabbit and exotic pet owners to promote animal health and welfare.”
We look forward to learning about positive accomplishments coming from Scotland that will benefit pet rabbits and the humans who love them. If you would like to read the complete article online, please visit: http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-news/top-stories/rabbit-drugs-in-spotlight-1-2387964