5 Jul 2021

Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus , Gerbils & Rabbits


Biology, Nutrition, Husbandry and Common Diseases of Mice, Rats, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas, Degus , Gerbils & Rabbits


Key learning objectives Day One:

  • Describe the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of common skin diseases including ectoparasitic, bacterial, viral, fungal and endocrine disorders
  • Understand diseases affecting the gastro-intestinal tract including Tyzzer’s disease, wet tail, dental malocclusions and coccidiosis
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders
  • Approach the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine conditions
  • Understand the diseases which affect the reproductive and urinary tracts
  • Appreciate conditions which affect the CNS
  • Understand sebaceous gland dermatitis, reproductive and adrenal gland disease affecting the skin and behavioural induced skin disease in gerbils
  • Legislation concerning the care and use of relevant laboratory animals

Key learning objectives Day Two:

  • Diagnose and treat dermatological diseases
  • Investigate and treat gastrointestinal diseases including motility disturbances, mucoid enteropathy and diarrhoea
  • Formulate a treatment plan for dental disease including overgrown teeth and traumatic injuries to teeth, treatment of abscesses and caries
  • Diagnose and treat respiratory tract disease including Pasteurellosis
  • Understand conditions affecting the musculoskeletal and nervous systems including vestibular disease
  • Investigate and treat reproductive and urinary tract diseases
  • Describe common infectious diseases such as E cuniculi, myxomatosis and viral haemorrhagic disease

Available Dates

Future dates for this course are being developed. If you would like to know when this course becomes available, please fill click below to register your interest.


Improve International was established in 1998 by a group of veterinary surgeons from across the UK. We run Continuous Professional Development training for veterinary professionals to help develop the skills and knowledge required in practice. Our programmes utilise a combination of review lectures, case-based discussion and, where applicable, hands-on practical sessions. We are an international organisation with offices in the UK and Portugal.

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