Resolutions made at the beginning of the year have long become a distant memory for most but as we hit the mid-year mark, now is the perfect time to dig them out, dust them off and do them justice. With vets across the country having been encouraged to ‘Think Rabbit+’ throughout May, enhancing their rabbit-related repertoire of knowledge and skills may be top of their priority list and now Supreme PetFoods is making it easy for them to do just that through the launch of its exclusive seminar series online.
The lecture line-up, held live at London Vet Show last year, saw world-renowned rabbit experts gather from across the globe to discuss a host of hot topics in rabbit medicine and surgery, including dental disease, digestive disorders, calcium metabolism, urinary disease and the all-important ‘sticky bottom’ syndrome. The round table of case-based discussions also provided a rare opportunity for the audience to have their questions answered by rabbit specialists and discuss the complexities of some example cases. The full series is now available for vets and nurses to view online, along with a whole host of other helpful resources, supplying world-class information right to their fingertips – and all for free!
Claire Hamblion, Marketing Manager at Supreme Petfoods knows that staying up to date when it comes to rabbits can be far from simple, despite the fact that their health and welfare is clearly a sizzling subject, “The success of Think Rabbit Month really highlighted that raising awareness and expanding rabbit-related expertise is becoming increasingly important for vets. However, in comparison to cats and dogs, specialist information is less widely available – even though rabbits can often be the trickiest patients! This is why we’re so thrilled to able to make contemporary thinking from world-class specialists available at the click of a few buttons.”
In addition to the exclusive online lectures, vets also have access to an array of free Supreme support materials including a series of professional waiting room videos, ideal for client education, as well as a variety of vital downloadable practice documents, available at http://www.supremepetfoods.com/vet-zone/ . The ‘Think Rabbit Virtual Manual’ is full of handy hints and tips on how to make practices more rabbit friendly and is available for free download at http://www.supremepetfoods.com/think-rabbit/ .
Expert speaker, Molly Varga, BVetMed DZooMed MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, whose lecture was entitled, ‘Rabbits and Calcium: how much is too much?’ believes that there should be more information available when it comes to rabbits, “With current concepts in rabbit medicine and surgery rapidly evolving, access to convenient, concise and cutting edge information is crucial for the whole veterinary team. The only way this is possible is through initiatives such as this seminar series, which drives our knowledge and expertise forwards.”
Other speakers in the seminar series included, Charly Pignon DVM, Head of the Exotics Medicine Service at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vétérinaire d'Alfort in France, Professor Anna Meredith MA VetMB CertLAS DZooMed MRCVS, Livia Benato MRCVS, Lecturer in Rabbit and Exotic animal Husbandry and Nutrition and Wendy Bament RVN BSc (Hons) MSc, Exotic Animal Veterinary Nurse. The interactive discussion session was chaired by Anna Meredith and involved a whole host of interesting cases, from urinary disease to best practice treatment of dental abscesses.
Claire says that the seminar series is an opportunity not to be over looked, “Not only are these specialists regarded as academic leaders in their profession but they are also renowned successful speakers, which makes for superb presentations. The watch-again capability of the online seminars makes it easy for vets and nurses to dip in and out at their leisure, gaining maximum value for minimum effort.”
So, whether wanting to re-start those long-forgotten resolutions, consolidate knowledge or just continue to ‘Think Rabbit+’, vets and nurses aiming for clinical excellence should hop online and sign up for the free seminars and resources at http://www.supremepetfoods.com/vet-zone/ . For more details about the ‘Think Rabbit+’ campaign and to download the Think Rabbit Virtual Manual, visit http://www.supremepetfoods.com/think-rabbit/
Supreme Petfoods was the first company to make species specific small animal diets that reflected their unique nutritional requirements. The Supreme range includes Science Selective, which is widely recommended by veterinary surgeons and veterinary nurses. As well as offering the biggest range of species specific foods, Supreme also manufactures all its herbivore diets in dedicated vegetarian facilities. Only ingredients of the highest quality are sourced for use in the Supreme range of foods and the recipes are developed to be palatable without the use of added sugar. Supreme recipes are all manufactured to a fixed formula to minimise the risk of gastric upset and while the company produces diets containing the highest fibre levels of any rabbit food, hay is always recommended as an additional food source to promote dental wear, provide environmental enrichment, foraging and nesting opportunities.