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.

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Clinic News – Calicivirus Updates March 2017

Vaccination Shortages and the K5 Release

This month marks the beginning of the Australian Government’s release of the K5 strain of RHDV, the virus most commonly known as calicivirus.  As previously mentioned in our coverage of the changing landscape of calicivirus strains present in Australia, K5 is an RHDVa strain, a form of virus similar to our original RHDV1 strain of calicivirus, which was introduced to control the wild rabbit population in the 90s (the two strains can be thought of as first cousins).  

While researching K5’s potential affect on the wild rabbit population the Government did undergo a small pilot study in which they vaccinated rabbits with our current calicivirus vaccine (CYLAP, which is specific to RHDV1 strains), and then exposed them to K5.  All vaccinated rabbits survived, an exceptional thing in a test using a non-specific vaccine!  While this study was a small one we can deduce that CYLAP has quite high protection for the K5 strain.

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Clinic News – Calicivirus Updates October 2016

Further Developments in Vaccination Protocols

Over the last few years there have been some developments in the strains of calicivirus and calicivirus-like viruses in Australia.  Due to the confusing nature of these new viruses and the general lack of information on their prevalence in Australia there has been a large amount of confusion, particularly regarding vaccinations and protective measures for pet rabbits.  In the interest of keeping all of our clients up to date with current information we compiled all known information and recommendations in this article earlier in the year, and have been in consultation with various government and veterinary agencies through the year in order to ensure that our protocols were consistent with providing good immunity and care for our patients.  In recent weeks there have been some changes to the Australian Veterinary Association guidelines…

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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!)

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.

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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.

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Guinea Pigs

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.

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