RWAF Owners Conference 2017




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Rabbit Interactive, Edinburgh 17th June and 18th 2017


2017 will see us at: The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
Once again we are offering world class rabbit specific CPD from a host of Specialist Educators. Don’t miss out!  We won’t be back in Edinburgh until 2020!
As always there will be a Vet Stream and an Owner Stream, but this year there is the added bonus of a whole day dedicated to behaviour too.
If you have any questions please contact us via


Questions for the Q&A session must be submitted before the Conference so that full answers may be formulated.  As always, questions about your own rabbits and their health care cannot be accepted and we can only answer general questions.


8.15-8.45 All Arrival and Registration
8.45-9.00 Claire Speight (Chair) Welcome and Introduction
9.00-10.00 Richard Saunders Q&A – Pre-submitted
10.00-11.00 Elisabetta Mancinelli Caring for elderly rabbits
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.30 Livia Benato Anatomy
12.30-13.30 Molly Varga Pain Management
13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-15.30 Nadene Stapleton Abscesses, including dental
15.30-16.00 Coffee
16.00-17.00 Jenna Richardson Gut Stasis – causes, diagnosis and treatment
17.00-18.00 Twigs Way Rabbit Gardens
18.00-18.30 Close



Open to all owners, rescue workers, or anyone working with rabbits.
Members Price £60
Non Members Price £90


Sunday 18th June
A day dedicated to the behaviour of the rabbit


9.15-9.45 All Arrival and Registration
9.45-10.00 Rae Todd (Chair) Welcome and Introduction
10.00-12.00 Dr Anne McBride Understanding fear and pleasure: the rabbit perspective
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.30 Marie Pavaday-Pillay Providing companionship: practical tips on bonding
14.30-15.00 Coffee
15.00-17.00 Dr Anne McBride Cognition: mental activity keeps you young


Dr Anne McBride is always a popular choice at the conference and feedback demands that we need
a full day to cover everything that has been requested.
Marie Pavaday-Pillay is the Small Animal and Field Manager at Wood Green The Animals Charity,
based in Cambridgeshire.

If you book both days together you will get a discount.


Both days £100
Behaviour day only £60


Non Members

Both days £140
Behaviour day only £90



All places will be confirmed via e-mail so please provide an e-mail address. We are sorry but we cannot send out confirmation, agenda etc by post, only e-mail.


Please don’t forget to give your dietary preference


Please provide the following information for each delegate





Phone number

E-mail address (essential for confirmation)


Terms &Conditions

  1. Payments
    All bookings made prior to the conference must be paid in full to guarantee registration. Once payment has been received, an email confirmation and a receipted invoice will be sent. If payment is not made at the time of booking, registration will be provisional. Bookings received less than two weeks before the conference date can only be paid by credit card.
  2. Substitutions & Cancellations 

Delegates may nominate an alternative person from their organisation to attend up to 24 hours prior to the start of the event, at no extra charge. Should substitution not be possible, cancellation charges apply as follows:
8 weeks or more prior to start of event: 10% of the delegate fee
4 to 8 weeks prior to start of event: 50% of the delegate fee
4 weeks or less prior to start of event: 100% of the delegate fee
All substitutions and cancellations must be received in writing 


  1. Access Requirements
    Delegates should advise of any special access requirements at the time of registration.
  2. Registration Information
    Registration information will be sent to registered delegates by email at least seven days prior to the event.  Any delegate not receiving the registration information should contact us by email to
  3. Alterations to Programme – Cancellation/Postponement of Event
    1. RWAF reserves the right to make alterations to the conference programme, venue and timings.
    2. In the unlikely event of the programme being cancelled by RWAF, a full refund will be made. Liability will be limited to the amount of the fee paid by the delegate.
    3. In the event of it being found necessary, for whatever reason, that the conference is being postponed or the dates being changed, the organisers shall not be liable for any expenditure, damage or loss incurred by the delegate.
    4. If by re-arrangement or postponement the event can take place, the booking between the delegate and the organisers shall remain in force and will be subject to the cancellation schedule in paragraph 2. 
  4. Speakers
    Views expressed by speakers are their own. RWAF cannot accept liability for advice given, or views expressed, by any speaker at the conference or in any material provided to delegates.
  5. .Insurance
    It is the responsibility of the delegate to arrange appropriate insurance cover in connection with their attendance at the conference. RWAF cannot be held liable for any loss, liability or damage to personal property.


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