Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus Release

Important information for veterinarians in NSW

Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) 1 K5 will be released nationally in the first week of March 2017. This virus is being released to manage the wild rabbit population.

It is recommended all healthy domestic rabbits are vaccinated against RHVD1.

The Australian Veterinary Association recommends that rabbits are vaccinated against RHDV1 as follows:

Kittens: 4, 8, 12 weeks of age, then 6 monthly for life.

Adults: 2 vaccinations 1 month apart, then 6 monthly for life.

Protection Measures:

  1. Vaccinating your pet rabbit.
  2. Prevent direct and indirect contact between domestic and wild rabbits.
  3. Avoid cutting grass and feeding it to rabbits if there is the risk of contamination from wild rabbits.
  4. Wash hands, with warm soapy water between handling rabbits.
  5. Good insect control is also important and will help reduce the risks of introduction of both
  6. RHDV and myxomatosis. Insect control could include insect proofing the hutch or keeping there rabbits indoors.

Please call 0243928822 to book your rabbit in for a vaccination and health check.