2017 HRS Educational Conference – Growing Your Knowledge of Rabbit Care and Welfare

House Rabbit Society’s second Educator Conference, “Growing Your Knowledge of Rabbit Care and Welfare,” will be held October 20-22, 2017  at the Al Bahr Shrine Center in San Diego, California.

The conference is hosted by San Diego House Rabbit Society and is being organized by the HRS Conference Committee.

All licensed House Rabbit Society Educators and Fosterers are invited at a discounted registration fee of $25, while members of the public will pay $50. There will be a charge for meals for all attendees.

Speakers include  Linda Knox, DVM, Bill Guerrera, DVM, Linda Siperstein, DVM, Carmine Bausone, DVM, Kimberly Elman, Dawn Sailer, Debbie Widolf, Joy Gioia, Margo DeMello, PhD, Anne Martin, PhD, Sandy Parshall, Julie Smith, PhD, Suzanne D’Alonzo, CAWA, Edie Sayeg,  Alison Giese, Kotoyo Hoshina, PhD, Koushi Takahashi, and Criss Starr. (Bios for the speakers can be found here.)

To see the schedule of events, visit the schedule page.

To find out about getting to San Diego, where to stay and what to eat, visit the lodgings page.

To find out details on each class, visit the classes page.

To find out about sightseeing in the San Diego area, visit the San Diego information page.

To find out about the vendors who will be attending, visit the vendors page.

To find out about the lunches on Saturday and Sunday, visit the Lunches page, and to find out about the Saturday evening dinner, visit the Dinner page. For the reception, which is only open to HRS educators and their families, please visit the reception page.


Use this form to register and pay for meals and any non-educator attendees. Registration for licensed educators opens on March 30; registration for the general public opens on June 1. The deadline for registration has been extended – as of October 3rd, we have 20 tickets still available – it’s not too late to register!

This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet other HRS educators and the leadership of House Rabbit Society, including House Rabbit Society founder Marinell Harriman, and as a bonus, we will be visiting the shelter owned by San Diego HRS!

We welcome donations to help support the cost of this conference. If you’d like to find out about sponsorships, being a vendor at the conference, or advertising in the conference program, including placing a small memorial ad in memory of your rabbit, please email Margo DeMello. Sponsors, vendors, and advertisers can use this form to register and to pay for their participation. We welcome auction item donations!

House Rabbit Society is grateful to have the sponsorship of the following generous and amazing companies and organizations: