Rabbits, the New Cat?
Embrace Treating Rabbits with Confidence

Presented by Dr. Zarah Hedge

8 pm ET / 5 pm PT, Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Vet holding rabbit

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This webinar is FREE for all attendees.
1.5 hours of RACE CE credits (medical) will be available for HSVMA members only.
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Domestic rabbits are the third most popular pet in the United States, and not surprisingly, the third most common pet found in animal shelters. Many general practitioners are not comfortable with rabbit medicine and surgery, however there is a need for expanding these services. This presentation will go over basic rabbit husbandry, some of the more common rabbit diseases, as well as touch on the importance of and techniques for rabbit spay and neuter.

What skills will an attendee receive after attending this presentation?

  • A basic understanding of the environmental and behavioral needs of rabbits and their relation to disease
  • Dietary recommendations for rabbits and diseases associated with inappropriate diets
  • Knowledge of common medical conditions and treatment options in rabbits
  • A better understanding of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 in rabbits and it’s recent introduction to the United States
  • An understanding of anesthetic protocols and considerations for rabbits
  • An understanding of rabbit spay/neuter techniques and where to find further resources on the topic






Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice)

Dr. Hedge

Zarah graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2009. She completed a shelter medicine internship and three-year shelter medicine residency program at the Oregon Humane Society in conjunction with Oregon State University. Zarah received her Master's in Public Health with the University of Minnesota in 2013 and board certification in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2014. After completing her residency, she worked as a veterinarian at San Diego Humane Society for two years before becoming an Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Zarah worked as hospital director at Western U Spay/Neuter Center in Van Nuys. Dr. Hedge received board certification in Shelter Medicine (ABVP) in 2017. In the summer of 2019 Dr. Hedge once again joined the San Diego Humane Society as their Chief Medical Officer. In this role, she oversees a medical team of over 100 staff at four different locations in San Diego County. She also continues to serve as a reserve field veterinarian for Rural Area Veterinary Services, a program of The Fund for Animals.