Rabbits — Activities

Activities

Approved Activities Category
Non-Invasive measurement of:
Body weight 2
Growth  2
Body proportions  2
Pulse or bloodflow  2
Respiration  2

 

When measuring body condition, proportions, weight and growth in relation to age, it is possible to set up a weight–age and size–age chart for a number of rabbits and monitor them over a period of 10 weeks. Use a pre-weighed container of appropriate size and a triple beam balance or a bucket balance to determine the weight. A measuring tape can be used to determine overall length, girth, body proportions and size of skull. When measuring a rabbit’s dimensions, care should be taken not to exert too much pressure on the trunk, particularly of pregnant females.

Approved Activities Category
Standard husbandry activities:
  Administering treatments — topical 3
  Coat care and grooming 2

 

Topical Treatments

Lice and fleas can be controlled by dusting the animals with insecticide powder suitable for use on pets.

 

Coat care and grooming

In laboratory and school situations, a rabbit’s claws grow continually and need to be cut regularly by an experienced handler. Care must be taken not to cut blood vessels. Angora rabbits need their fur clipped at regular intervals. This activity should be carried out in a way that does not stress the rabbit. Cuts and scratches should be treated with antiseptic creams or powders.

 

Approved Activities Category
Slaughter/euthanasia of stock  5

 

Where an animal has become so sick, diseased or injured that recovery is unlikely or undesirable on humane grounds, euthanasia must be arranged with a local veterinarian.

Students are permitted to watch a post-mortem of an animal provided there is no disease risk posed.

 

Disposal

Rabbits may be sold privately, at auction or consigned to an abattoir.

Carcases must be disposed of in accordance with local council regulations.

It is illegal to kill any animal and sell the meat for human consumption unless it has been slaughtered and prepared in a licensed processing facility.