The Melbourne Rabbit Clinic is the first and only hospital in Australia to treat rabbits and guinea pigs exclusively.
At the Melbourne Rabbit Clinic we have an absolute passion for rabbits and guinea pigs and we delight in their uniqueness. Our friendly team understands and shares in your love for your pet rabbits and guinea pigs. As a small and personal veterinary clinic we are proud to offer high quality veterinary care especially tailored for these wonderful pets.
We hope to be more than just your vet, nurse and receptionist. We hope to be your pet’s extended family.
Growing Pains: Moving Melbourne Rabbit Clinic
Hello bunny and guinea pig friends! We apologise for the lack of updates but are now completely moved into our new home at 57 Austin Street, Ferntree Gully. Our move has been a big adventure and we’ve had a lot of changes in the last six months or so, but for the most part we’re back in full swing. We don’t yet have a lot of signage, but we’re the orange brick house on the corner of Austin and Alma, so drop in to say hi!
The main thing we’re lacking at the moment is our trusty hay shed, as we have not yet been able to build our car park. Unfortunately do not currently have any bales of hay in stock. We are periodically getting in boxes of hay (8kg compressed bales of the same oaten we usually have in bales), if you would like one please call to see if we have any in stock before making the trip down. If we can’t help you out we recommend contacting your local stock and produce stores to see if they have any bales of oaten hay available.
We will continue to keep you posted with our progress, and we hope to see you all soon (in good health and good circumstances!)
Clinic News – Calicivirus Updates
Dispelling the Myths
Calicivirus (Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus, or RHDV) is one of two viruses present in Australia in order to control the wild population of rabbits. The first strain of RHDV was introduced in the mid-90s from the Czech Republic (this was RHDV1 V351), and since its original introduction has been diversifying and evolving in the wild. As a result many wild rabbits have immunity to calicivirus, and there are a number of non-disease causing (non-pathogenic) strains, and as such the Australian government is investigating further strains of the virus which may be more effective in controlling wild rabbits.
In Australia we are able to vaccinate against RHDV1 with the CYLAP vaccine, however our vaccination protocols are forever evolving to allow us to use new evidence to provide the best protection from the virus for our patients. As calicivirus presents as sudden death in rabbits there is often much fear when an apparently healthy rabbit dies, particularly if they had been vaccinated. In order to prevent fear and worry and enable our clients to make the best decisions for protecting your bunny friends we would like to keep you informed of recent developments in calicivirus in Australia.
Kids, Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
Rabbits and guinea pigs can make great companion animals, however they are not ideal pets for children. Children can be loud and rough in their manner of play and frightening to these small prey species.
Rabbits are endearing mammals with a reputation for survival against much adversity. They make a unique pet which blossom under loving care tailored to their species-specific needs.
Guinea pigs are charismatic little rodents with a long history of domestication. They are communicative animals who are happy to share their strong opinions with those who are willing to learn their language.