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House Rabbit Society Veterinary Conference
Friday, March 7 - Sunday, March 9, 1997

Berkeley Marina Marriott
Berkeley, California

House Rabbit Society is a national nonprofit corporation
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House Rabbit Society is an organization devoted to the health and welfare of all rabbits. We want our veterinarians to give the best care and know the most about these special animals. That's why we are sponsoring our first national veterinary conference, planned as a pre-Easter educational event, with the following goals in mind:

  • To help veterinarians meet the growing demand for quality rabbit care

  • To encourage new practitioners to learn more about rabbits

  • To provide continuing education for experienced rabbit veterinarians

The conference will also help clients find rabbit doctors. Names of licensed veterinarians who attend this conference will be listed on our web site (, which receives more than 30,000 hits per week.

The House Rabbit Society Veterinary Conference will include excellent instructors with extensive skills, hands-on experience, and up-to-date information. We hope you will come and learn from them and from each other.


Courses for this conference are set up to offer a selection of fundamental and in-depth instruction, so that veterinarians entering at any level of experience will gain useful information. Up to 17 hours continuing education credit is provided.

Curriculum, covering a wide range of topics from laboratory data to case studies, includes rabbit physiology, pathology, diagnostics, surgery, therapy, and techniques used in rabbit care. Exciting visual presentations are planned with slides and video that show intricate clinical detail.

An abundance of rabbit behavior information will be distributed from House Rabbit Society display tables in the form of handouts. And during our scheduled breaks, you can grab some refreshments and enjoy some entertaining behavior presentations (optional) in the House Rabbit Society exhibit room.


The three-day conference begins Friday, March 7, 1997 with core classes in plenary sessions. These classes will cover material with which every rabbit veterinarian should be familiar.

An assortment of basic and speciality courses are designed to expand the skills of all veterinarians, whether they treat two or two hundred rabbits a year.

Friday March 7: Plenary Sessions

12:00 P.M. TO 12:30 P.M.


12:30 P.M. TO 12:45 P.M.

Marinell Harriman, House Rabbit Society President

12:45 P.M. TO 1:00 P.M.

Opening Remarks
Carolynn Harvey, DVM

1:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M.

Physical Exam and Common Problems
Carolynn Harvey, DVM

2:00 P.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques
Karen Rosenthal, DVM

3:00 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M.

Break Program
Margo DeMello, House Rabbit Society Education Director

3:30 P.M. TO 4:30 P.M.

Gastroenteric Conditions in Rabbits
John E. Harkness, DVM, PhD

4:30 P.M. TO 5:30 P.M.

Anesthesia and Intubation
Pamela Eisele, DVM

5:30 P.M. TO 5:45 P.M.

Beth Woolbright, House Rabbit Society Public Information Director

Workshop Sessions

Saturday and Sunday will offer a variety of advanced and specialized workshops, covering topics listed below. However, seminar titles and time slots may be updated with your registration kit. Please mark your preferences in the Workshop Choices boxes on the Registration Form (panel 12).

Access to Videotapes

All sessions will be videotaped, so you will not have to miss courses of interest. VHS tapes will be offered for purchase, to conference attendees only, following the duplication process.

Saturday March 8: Morning Sessions

1 8:00 A.M. TO 9:00 A.M.

Neuromuscular Disorders in Rabbits
John E. Harkness, DVM, PhD

Rabbit Dentistry
Jeffrey R. Jenkins, DVM

2 9:15 A.M. TO 10:15 A.M.

Antibiotic Use and Misuse in Rabbits
Karen Rosenthal, DVM

Encephalitozoon Cuniculi: An Update on Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Control of the Disease
Cynthia Besch-Williford, DVM, PhD

10:15 A.M. TO 10:45 A.M.


3 10:45 A.M. TO 11:45 A.M.

Urinary Tract Diseases and Disorders
Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM

Respiratory Diseases and the Pasteurella Complex
Barbara Deeb, DVM, MS

12:00 NOON TO 1:30 P.M.

Banquet Luncheon

Saturday, March 8: Afternoon Sessions

4 1:30 P.M. TO 2:25 P.M.

Nutrition, Digestive Tract Disease, and Physiology
Jeffrey R. Jenkins, DVM

Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM

5 2:35 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M.

Control of Disease Problems in Multi-Rabbit Homes
Barbara Deeb, DVM, MS

Carolynn Harvey, DVM

3:30 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.


6 4:00 P.M. TO 4:55 P.M.

Tyzzer's Disease in Rabbits
Cynthia Besch-Williford, DVM, PhD

Basic Soft-Tissue Surgery
Jeffrey R. Jenkins, DVM

Antibody-Based Therapeutics and Immunizations
William Harriman, PhD

5:05 P.M. TO 6:00 P.M.

Panel discussions
Topics to be announced


See Hospitality for information
relating to evening recreational events.

Sunday March 9: Workshop Sessions

1 8:00 AM TO 8:55 A.M.

Chronic Illness and Geriatric Care
Carolynn Harvey, DVM

Alternative Therapy
David Penney, DVM

Reducing Stress in Rehabilitating Rabbits
Mary Morrison, DMin

2 9:05 AM TO 10:00 A.M.

Reproductive Diseases and Disorders
Karen Rosenthal, DVM

Diseases of the Nasal Cavity
Jeffrey Bryan, DVM

Rabbit Radiology
Sam Silverman, DVM

10:00 AM TO 10:30 A.M.


3 10:30 AM TO 11:25 A.M.

Dermatologic, Viral, and Miscellaneous Diseases
John E. Harkness, DVM, PhD

Neoplasia in Rabbits
Barbara Deeb, DVM, MS

Clinical Pathology of the Rabbit
Drury Reavill, DVM and Victoria Joseph, DVM

11:35 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.

Panel discussions
To be announced

12:30 P.M.

Closing Message

Speaker Faculty

Following is the speaker faculty chosen for the House Rabbit Society Veterinary Conference. It consists of a combination of experts from across the United States who work in academic settings, private practice, and private industry.

Cynthia Besch-Williford, DVM, PhD, ACLAM
Comparative Pathologist, Diagnostic and Investigative Laboratory,
University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri

Jeffrey Bryan, DVM
Irving Street Veterinary Hospital, San Francisco, California

Barbara Deeb, DVM, MS
AllPet Veterinary Clinic,Shoreline, Washington
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Comparative Medicine,
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

Pamela Eisele, DVM, Dip, ACLAM
Senior Veterinarian, Animal Resources Service,
University of California, Davis, California

John E. Harkness, DVM, MS, MEd
Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine,
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Mississippi

Carolynn Harvey, DVM
VCA/Bay Area Animal Hospital, Oakland, California

William Harriman, PhD
Senior Scientist, Boehringer Mannheim Diagnostics
Concord, California

Jeffrey R. Jenkins, DVM, Dip, ABVP-Avian Practice
Avian and Exotic Animal Hospital, San Diego, California

Victoria Joseph, DVM, Dip, ABVP-Avian Practice
IDEX / Consolidated Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
West Sacramento, California

Mary Morrison, DMin, LIMAC
Animal Behaviorist, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine,
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

David Penney, DVM
Telegraph Avenue Veterinary Hospital, Oakland, California

Drury Reavill, DVM. Dip, ABVP-Avian Practice
IDEX / Consolidated Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
West Sacramento, California

Karen Rosenthal, DVM, Dip, ABVP-Avian Practice
Animal Medical Center, New York, New York

Sam Silverman, DVM, PhD
Radiologist, Private Practice
Clinical Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine,
University of California, Davis, California

Accommodations and Travel

The Berkeley Marina Marriott boasts of a unique waterfront location with a spectacular view of the San Francisco Skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Amenities include a complimentary fitness center, complimentary shuttle to North Berkeley BART station, and complimentary parking. The marina is easily accessible from Highway 80.

Our group rate for the designated dates are $99 single/$109 double occupancy. The Marina Marriott requests that you make guest room reservations directly at (800) 243-0625 or (800) 228-9290 prior to February 13, 1997. Reservations received after that date will be accepted on guest-room availability basis.

The immediate vicinity

In addition to the panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, and the City of Berkeley set against the hills, the Berkeley Marina provides an environment for a number of recreational activities, such as jogging, windsurfing, whale watching, and kite flying. The Berkeley Pier extends 3,000 feet into the Bay. The marina area also includes Cesar E. Chavez Park, the Shorebird Park Nature Centre, Adventure Playground and Marina Environmental Education Program.

Berkeley is home to many small shops with items you won't find in a suburban mall, and it is also just a short 12-mile drive to the entertainment, shops, and restaurants of San Francisco.

Travel Agent

The official travel agent for the House Rabbit Society Veterinary Conference can be reached at 800-724-8728.


Spouses are welcome. There are many things to do in the Bay Area. Our hospitality committee will provide packets loaded with suggestions for daytime activities for your spouse while you are in conference sessions, as well as evening recreation for both of you.

Your registration confirmation packet will include information and prices on bus tours to Alcatraz, San Francisco, Muir Woods/ Sausalito, the Wine Country, and Monterey/ Carmel. Various cruises on Hornblower yachts from the Marina Marriott's private dock are available throughout the day.

As a special group activity, we have planned a dining cruise on the San Francisco Bay, Friday evening, March 8th (cost $65/person). We invite you to join is in this optional event, which will provide an opportunity for attendees, spouses, and House Rabbit Society volunteers to get acquainted in an atmosphere of fun.

Friday Evening Dining Cruise

$65 per person

A four-hour cruise of the San Francisco Bay aboard the Captain Hornblower. Includes live entertainment and seated dining.

Registration Enrollment Fees

Veterinary seminars are open only to licensed veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary students who have entered their third year of study.

If you are not already a House Rabbit Society member, you may enroll at this time and take the members' discount. Just check the box on page 12 and include membership fee.

. Before
Veterinarians (House Rabbit Society Members) $225 $275
Veterinarians (non-House Rabbit Society Members) $275 $325
Technicians (House Rabbit Society Members) $125 $175
Technicians (non-House Rabbit Society Members) $175 $200
Students (House Rabbit Society Members) $100 $150
Students (non-House Rabbit Society Members) $150 $175

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