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Rabbit Haemorrhagic Viral Disease update

Many of you who own a pet rabbit would be aware of what is known as `Calicivirus’ or the Rabbit Haemorrhagic Viral Disease 1 virus (RHDV1), against which we recommend vaccination.

Recently however, another virus has been isolated in deceased rabbits in Victoria. The Rabbit Haemorrhagic Viral Disease 2 virus (RHDV2), was first diagnosed in Europe in 2010, but the first Australian case was only reported in 2015.This is a different virus from that which the Australian Government is planning to release in 2016 for the control of wild rabbits.

The currently available Cylap RCD vaccination provides some protection against RHVD2 but this protection is certainly not absolute. The Australian Veterinary Association and the collective rabbit specialists of Australia are recommending increasing the frequency of Cylap RCD vaccination in pet rabbits to 6 monthly rather than annually.

Please contact one of our vets for further information.