The Exotic Species department of Highcroft Veterinary Referrals has been awarded Gold Rabbit Friendly Status by the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF). This prestigious award has been granted to only a small number of practices and requires the achievement of high standards of care and a detailed understanding of the species.
Highcroft Veterinary Referrals, one of the UK’s leading referral hospitals, has three dedicated exotic species veterinary surgeons, including a European small mammal Specialist and four exotic species nurses, who have either obtained or are studying for their City and Guilds Exotic Species Veterinary Nursing Certificate. The Bristol-based practice, which joined CVS (UK) Ltd in 2015, has a dedicated exotic species consulting room, waiting room, ward and an operating theatre, containing state-of-the-art equipment. In addition to treating rabbits, both vets and nurses in the exotic species team lecture widely to promote the importance of providing a high standard of care to rabbits and to ensure that their welfare is optimised. The RWAF was founded in 1996 to improve the lives of domestic rabbits across the UK through education and communication.
Dr Elisabetta Mancinelli DVM CertZooMed Dipl ECZM (Small Mammal) MRCVS heads the exotic species team at Highcroft. A European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Small Mammal Medicine and Surgery) and a RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, she said: “We are very proud to have been awarded Gold Status by the RWAF. We will continue to enhance the level of care we provide, not just to rabbits but to all exotic species and strive to improve the welfare of all animals under our care, in hospital and at home.”
Highcroft Veterinary Group, part of the CVS Group, is based at 615 Wells Road, Whitchurch, Bristol and can be contacted on 01275 838473.