The Rabbit Doctor @ Centre for Animal Referral and Emergency (CARE)
CARE is pleased to welcome Dr Gerry Skinner, BSc BVSc PhD MRCVS MANZCVS (ECC), who has joined us as our Rabbit Referral Medicine and Surgery Consultant as of April 2014.
Gerry, also known as “The Rabbit Doctor”, has owned and cared for rabbits for almost 40 years, and has been treating them as a veterinary surgeon in the UK and Australia for almost 12 years. Gerry has now decided to put her passion for all things ‘rabbity’ by starting her own Melbourne-wide rabbit veterinary service. Gerry’s promise is to provide the best possible “gold” standards of care for pet rabbits across Victoria.
Gerry also has a passion for teaching, and has a wealth of experience teaching veterinarians, nurses and veterinary students in all aspects of rabbit medicine and surgery. Having a strong background in Emergency and Critical Care also, Gerry’s special interests are emergency and critical care of rabbits and gastrointestinal problems. Gerry lives in Melbourne with her husband and currently has 2 house buns of her own – Jeremy a New Zealand white, and Lola, a cashmere seal point lop, both rescues.
Based at CARE, which is open 24 hours/ 365 day a year, Gerry is able to offer the best possible treatment and diagnostics for rabbit owners, working closely with in-house specialist veterinarians in Surgery, Medicine, Diagnostic Imaging, and Emergency and Critical care. CARE has a fantastic team of highly trained vets and nurses to help look after bunnies, and the most high tech equipment available (including Digital X-rays, Ultrasound, CT scanner and Intensive Care Unit). Gerry is available for appointments on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays – please call 03 9417 6417
Rabbit medicine and surgery
- Dental problems (often require CT scan)
- Critical illness including collapse, not eating, and gut stasis
- Heart problems
- Weight loss
- Respiratory disease
- Orthopaedic surgery (for example, fracture repair)
- Soft tissue surgery including exploratory laparotomy
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