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Volume 24(4), Winter 2014

Commissioned paper


This video shows the various reflexes during anaesthesia. In this rabbit, withdrawal reflex in the hind leg is lost earlier compared to the same reflex in the front leg. A surgical plane is reached when the hind leg reflex is no longer present.



A Doppler ultrasonic flow probe placed on the central auricular artery.

The heart rate and rhythm are converted into an audible sound.

Capillary refill

Obtaining the capillary refill time in a rabbit can best be accomplished by pressing on the reddish skin of the pinna of a rabbit. Just as in other animals, the colour of the skin should return to normal within 1 second.


This video shows how

to insert a supraglottic airway device.

Anaesthesia in rabbits

Part II: induction, maintenance and

the post-anaesthetic period

by Yvonne van Zeeland and Nico Schoemaker

Supraglottic airway device

Supraglottic airway devices, also referred to as laryngeal masks, are the latest devices used for the delivery of volatile anaesthetics. Rather than being passed though the glottis, a supraglottic ...

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In case of emergency

In case of emergency

The paper provides protocols for various emergency situations that may be encountered during anaesthesia. To download, print and hang up in your practice!


Rabbit anaesthesia is perceived by many as a difficult, high-risk procedure. Many veterinarians therefore do not feel comfortable when having to sedate or anaesthetize a rabbit. Fortunately, the arrival of newer, safer anaesthetic agents, development of specialized anaesthetic equipment, and increased knowledge about veterinary anaesthesia has greatly reduced the risks of anaesthesia-related morbidity and mortality. In particular the use of endotracheal tubes or ...

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