Rabbits

White Rabbit Rabbits, 2005

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This bibliography contains information on rabbits and covers topics including health, behavior, and laboratory and clinical techniques.


Refining Rabbit Care: A Resource for Those Working with Rabbits in Research (PDF | 1.7 MB)

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruetly to Animals (RSPCA).

This report sets out the welfare needs of rabbits, based on the current laboratory animal science and welfare literature, and explains how these needs can be fulfilled.


Bunny with enrichment items including a ball and hay Laboratory Rabbit Housing: An Investigation of the Social and Physical Environment (PDF | 139 KB)

Universitites Federation for Animal Welfare.

This summary report presents the findings of a report that identified resources that may be important for housing laboratory rabbits and tested the motivation of rabbits for those resources.


Video: Rabbit Handling and Restraint

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research.

This NC3Rs page on the Handling and Restraint of laboratory animals includes a short video on correct techniques for handling rabbits. To view the video, scroll to the bottom of the page.


Guidelines for the Housing of Rabbits in Scientific Institutions (PDF | 332 KB)

New South Wales Department of Primary Industries. Agriculture. Animal Research Review Panel.

An Australian research guidleine that describes rabbit behavior, housing, pen design, care and managment, and the advantages and disadvantages of group housing.


Rabbit Care: A Resource for Those Working With Rabbits in Research

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

The UFAW/RSPCA guidance on Refining Rabbit Care: A Resource for Those Working With Rabbits in Research is now available as a PDF.


Variables, Refinement and Environmental Enrichment for Rodents and Rabbits kept in Research Institutions (PDF | 789 KB)

Animal Welfare Institute.

This online book discusses refinement and environmental improvement techniques for rodents and rabbits kept in research facilities.