Take part in an online house rabbit research study

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We recently received an email with the link to a survey from Carol Tinga, PhD candidate at the Ontario Veterinary College. One of our board members completed the survey (thanks Paige!) which is companion rabbit centric and extensive. HRS encourages collecting quantitative survey data about companion rabbits.

Click to participate in Carol Tinga’s research study on social and environmental factors related to pet rabbit welfare.

March 25th, 2022

My name is Carol Tinga and I am a PhD candidate at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. My research focuses on understanding social and environmental factors related to the pet rabbit owning experience and pet rabbit welfare.

I am contacting you to ask that you consider sharing a confidential survey that has been created as part of my PhD research under the guidance of Dr. Lee Niel, Associate Professor, OVC. This project has been reviewed by the University of Guelph’s Research Ethics Board for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants (REB #21-12-024). Dr. Niel is the study’s Principal Investigator.

We are looking for participants that are at least 18 years old with financial and care responsibilities (“owners”) for at least one companion rabbit. The rabbit has to be at least 6 months old, not be a foster rabbit and not be used for breeding, and participants have to have owned the rabbit for at least 3 months. Participants will answer some questions about themselves, their rabbits, and the rabbit owning experience – the good, the bad, and the ugly! The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Prospective participants can visit a website for access to the Consent form and after that, if they wish, continue on with the survey. After submitting the confidential survey, participants will be asked if they wish to participate in a draw for a CDN$100 Amazon gift card (1/500 chance of winning). Participants that want to be part of the draw will be directed to a second, very short survey to collect their email address. Participants will also be asked in the short survey if they wish to participate in our companion rabbit research in the future. If they do, they will have a separate spot to leave their email address.

We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns about this study and can be contacted at tingac@uogueph.ca (Carol Tinga) or niell@uoguelph.ca (Lee Niel). Please find attached our Research Ethics Board approved Recruitment ad for your consideration and use. Here is the link to participate in the survey: https://uoguel.ph/companionrabbitsurvey

Carol Tinga