People: Charlotte Burn
Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK, yet they are classed as 'exotic' animals in veterinary medicine, and their welfare is little researched. PDSA reports highlight numerous welfare problems, including that two thirds of rabbits are housed alone, despite being social animals. This new research area investigates rabbit social needs and aims to refine the way they are kept and bred.
We have started a suite of student projects investigating how rabbits can be better looked after.