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Richard Saunders

Richard Saunders BVSc DZooMed MRCVS European Veterinary Specialist in Zoo Health Management

2019 VetCPD Congress Lectures

Fur, feathers and scales; how to improve the welfare and care of hospitalised exotics

In this talk we will look at how to house and care for a variety of common (and not so common) exotic pets in a typical first opinion practice in order to keep them healthy, relaxed, and ready for veterinary procedures, as well as how to provide aftercare with an emphasis on good welfare and stress reduction”

Hop to it: preventing and managing infectious disease in Rabbits

As well as the well known conditions such as Myxomatosis and Pasteurella, we will also be discussing the diagnosis, prevention, management and treatment of Classical and New Variant Rabbit Viral Haemorrhagic Disease, E. cuniculi, and coccidiosis


Richard graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1994, also obtaining an intercalated degree in Zoology. He worked in general small animal practice for 2 years before joining the RSPCA at Norfolk Wildlife Hospital, working with British wildlife. After that, he worked in increasingly exotic animal practice, obtaining his CertZooMed in 2001, and his DZooMed (Mammalian) in 2010. He joined Bristol Zoological Gardens as a resident in 2008, and Staff Vet in 2011. He works part time for Bristol Zoo, consults in private referral practice in Bristol and teaches at the University of Bristol. He is the RWAF Veterinary Adviser contributed 4 chapters to the BSAVA manuals of Rabbit Medicine, and Surgery, Dentistry and Imaging and co wrote “Notes on Rabbit Internal medicine” and “Rabbits: Behaviour, Health and Care”