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    How important is it to choose a 'rabbit friendly' vet? I've looked on the Rabbit Welfare site and there are no accredited vets in my town or the surrounding ones, but if we travelled about 10 miles then we'd have the choice of three (is there much of a difference between Gold and Silver?). In the next town to ours - 4 or 5 miles away - is an RCVS accredited vet, plus several non-accredited ones, and in our town there is one vet with no accreditation that I can see - but they are within walking distance, so would have the advantage of no car journey.

    Which would you go for? Thank you!

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    Choose a "rabbit vet", without question. However just because a practice isn't on the RWAF list doesn't mean they are not rabbit savvy - my vets are a prime example - very highly regarded but have not applied for RWAF status. It's worth asking for recommendations as that might throw up new information.

    However 3 RWAF accredited within 10 miles - wow, what a choice!

    Sometimes, depending on circumstances, you can use a rabbit vet and a local vet, if they are happy with that arrangement.
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    Thanks Bunny Buddy! 10 miles takes us to the edge of a city, so I expect that explains the choice. I thought that might be a bit far to travel (for the bunnies, not me), so it's good to know that that sounds reasonable. We are newcomers(ish) here, so I don't have anyone I could ask for recommendations, unfortunately.

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    The vets I use for my rabbits aren't on the RWAF list but I like the vets rabbit knowledge and their choice/selection of drugs for bunnies. Perhaps ask reception a few questions to get a feel on the practices policies/knowledge of bunnies or book in a health check to see how the vet is with your rabbit? Of course then there's be a consult to pay and depends how stresses your rabbits get by a vet trip.

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    Hi there, I’m currently finding first hand the huge difference when you have a rabbit specialist treat your buns, with a very resistant ear infection in one of mine. I would now say 100% go straight to the specialist if you can x

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    My vets aren’t on the RWAF list but are reasonably bunny savvy. My 3 are also registered with one who are on the list and are about 10 miles / 25-30 min car journey away. They’ve only been there for their RHD2 vacs in the last couple of years but I will now need to use them for regular eye pressure checks for 1 of my bunnies as my local vet can’t do this, I haven’t had to test their bunny knowledge as yet to compare with my local vet.

    I like to look at things like opening hours as well as how bunny savvy they are as I would rather be able to use my own vet for example on a Sunday if I was worried about a bunny than have to take them to the emergency vet (emergency vets around here aren’t particularly bunny savvy). That was one of my considerations when I registered them with the second vet, although primarily it was because it saved me over 50 in the cost of RHD2 vacs each year as well as the fact they are on the RWAF list!

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    My rabbit specialist vet is not on the RWAF list either, but is RCVS accredited, and the same definitely applies to another vet in the Nottingham area. They're inner city practices so pricey, and I know my vet's wife is an excellent cat vet as a friend has sadly had need to use them multiple times in the past year. I find it very convenient because I can drive or, at a push, get a bus to right outside (shame the bus stop isn't so close at my end ). I like that mine is supportive of self-learning with rabbits, and sees informed owners as a boon rather than a burden!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny Buddy View Post
    Choose a "rabbit vet", without question. However just because a practice isn't on the RWAF list doesn't mean they are not rabbit savvy - my vets are a prime example - very highly regarded but have not applied for RWAF status. It's worth asking for recommendations as that might throw up new information.

    However 3 RWAF accredited within 10 miles - wow, what a choice!

    Sometimes, depending on circumstances, you can use a rabbit vet and a local vet, if they are happy with that arrangement.
    Ditto to all of the above


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    This is probably the one thing on RU we are in universal agreement with. Always a bunny savvy vet, not only is your bun safer in their care but they get to the root of the problem so much more quickly & effectively. It works out less expensive too, less "treading water" IME. A bunny savvy vet will also think outside the box more. Not many drugs seem to be licensed for rabbit but lots of drugs for other species can be really effective. Its a 2 hour round trip to my vets who I've been using for my rabbits since 1995. On occasion I've tried to find a more local vet but I've always regretted it, my rabbits haven't recieved the best treatment & I've gone back to my original

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    ...or post the names of the 3 RWAF accredited practices as they are a fab starting point. I agree with BB- you are very fortunate

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