Guidelines

Physical Exams for Aged Rabbits

Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
Mar 15, 2019 12:00 am

Additional procedures associated with older rabbits.

  • Responsibility

    1. Husbandry Technicians
    2. Veterinary Technicians
  • Glossary Definitions

    Long-Term Rabbits

    Rabbits greater than, or equal to, 2 years of age housed within ULAM facilities.

  • Procedures

    1. Rabbits >2 years old:

    1. Husbandry personnel submits an ATR when a rabbit has reached 2 years of age.
      1. Denote on the ATR “2-year old rabbit”.
    2. Veterinary technician places a yellow acetate labeled "Weigh Monthly" over the cage card.
    3. Husbandry technician records weight on Monthly Weight Sheet hung in the animal room provided by the veterinary technician.
    4. Veterinary technician informs the veterinary resident of rabbits that are >2 years of age.
    5. Veterinary resident performs annual physical examinations on rabbits that are >2 years old.
    6. Veterinary resident contacts the Principal Investigator (PI) offering prophylactic ovariohysterectomy.
      1. Note the PI's decision on the rabbit's clinical record.
      2. Approved rabbits are spayed by the veterinary resident.

    2. Rabbits >4 years old:

    1. Husbandry personnel submits an ATR when a rabbit has reached 4 years of age.
      1. Denote on the ATR “4-year old rabbit”.
    2. Veterinary technician places a yellow acetate labeled “Weigh Monthly” over the cage card.
    3. Husbandry technician records weight on Monthly Weight Sheet hung in the animal room provided by the veterinary technician.
    4. Veterinary technician informs the veterinary resident of rabbits that are >4 years of age.
    5. Veterinary resident performs semi-annual physical examinations on rabbits that are >4 years old.
    6. Complete blood count and serum chemistry, +/- urinalysis, is performed yearly.
      1. Blood collection schedule can be coordinated with the laboratory's schedule for antibody-producing rabbits.

    3. Charging

    1. Physical examinations and subsequent, approved diagnostic tests will be subsidized by the Veterinary Service Fee (no direct charge to the PI).
    2. The PI is responsible for surgery fees associated with prophylactic ovariohysterectomy.
    3. See Standard Charging Procedures for Veterinary Services.
Species: Rabbits
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