RHD2map UK
Map of RHD2 spread & vaccine availability in the UK

This website is to help map the availability of vaccines in the UK for RHD2 (RVHD2, Rabbit Haemmorhagic disease variant 2).  

Click the 'vets with vaccines' tab at the top to access the map of vets who are reported to have access to the RHD2 vaccine. The vaccine map is populated with all the data reported to us via social media plus reports found on veterinary practices own websites/social media pages and contact made via this website.  

Click the 'reported cases' tab to see reported confirmed and suspected cases of RHD2 from 2016 onwards.  Please do submit reports of confirmed (by laboratory report) or suspected cases so that we can plot them; we are completely reliant on your reports to give us the information for the map. Thank you.

For more information about RHD2, please visit the facebook group linked below and read the pinned post at the top of the group (you may need to 'view pinned post' if using a mobile device).  This post contains links to key pieces of information about RHD2. 

The map is not officially affiliated to any group or organisation but has been created and updated by volunteers who have busy lives doing other things, so please be patient with us and please do let us know (nicely) if you find anything that needs updating or have any feedback, thank you :)  

If you have found this map useful, please consider making a donation to the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF); it is the hard work of their veterinary advisor Dr Richard Saunders which has made this vaccine so readily available for us all.

Further information:
There is an associated Facebook Group and
A blog by the admin of that group.
Amanda J Window Amanda J Window
July 26, 2017 21:45

*** RVHD2 and Rabbits going into boarding*** Please find recent correspondence received from Frances Harcourt-Brown regarding rabbits going into boarding and RVHD2 boosters. I emailed Frances seeking clarification on 6 or 12 monthly boosters for rabbits going into boarding. If anybody else boards rabbits and would like to see the email correspondence in its full context (although it's personal to me and my individual situation) I don't mind sharing it if you feel it could help clarify the situation with your own clients so you can make an informed decision for your own boarding businesses. [edit] However, it is only a recommendation. Please email me at gardenlodgebunnyretreat@gmail.com
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Helen Halliday-Eppel Helen Halliday-Eppel
July 27, 2017 22:43

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Alison Anderson Alison Anderson
July 27, 2017 22:43

This group is for information about RHD2 (rabbit haemorrhagic disease new variant) We are a pro-welfare, pro-vaccination group. All the group admin are rescuers but we welcome all rabbit owners to this group as long as you respect our group ethos. Just a few things to note, to help us with the smooth running of the group and to maximise its effectiveness. 1) Please only post about RHD2. There are lots of other groups for more general rabbit chat or advice – posting it here makes it harder for people to find what they’re looking for. It’s nothing personal, but off topic posts will be deleted I’m afraid! 2) If you are after information about confirmed/suspected cases or a vet who stocks the vaccine, before posting in the group, please check the map for information; you can find the link by clicking on the photo at the top of the group. 3) The map contains all the information we have been able to find about cases and vets stocking an RHD2 vaccine. If you know of confirmed or suspected cases of the virus, or a vet stocking an RHD2 vaccine and can see that these are not already listed on the map, please let us know. You can post on the threads for this purpose on this group, message one of admin or use the ‘contact us’ form on the map. We are completely reliant on your information and support to ensure that the map is as accurate as possible. 4) We are not here to debate the merits of vaccination. We recognise that vaccination is the only effective way to protect your rabbits against this awful disease and anyone trying to put people off vaccinating or arguing against its necessity will be banned. 5) This is not the place to discuss veterinary pricing strategy. Posts discussing this or criticising veterinary pricing will be deleted. 6) Please do not discuss buying/selling/giving away your rabbits on this group. Any such posts will be deleted. 7) Please do not discuss sharing vials of vaccine for self-vaccination. Vets have a responsibility under their professional code of practice to only supply veterinary medicines to animals under their care. We are happy to highlight a vet who is happy to provide bulk vials for self-vaccination to the map, but will delete posts about sharing vials. 8) To borrow a phrase from another group, if you chuck your toys out of the pram, we are not picking them up. 9) Please spread the word among rabbit owners, rescues and veterinary staff about the disease and available vaccination, and direct them to the map for more information. 10) Please note that admin are all rabbit owners, rescuers and enthusiasts and are not veterinary trained. Any specific veterinary questions should be directed to the vets treating your rabbits. Thank you for your cooperation. The more we can spread the word, the more rabbits will be vaccinated and fewer will succumb to this awful disease.
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Grace Bona Grace Bona
July 27, 2017 16:46

I have lost 4 of my 5 rabbits within the last week, all very sudden and unexpected They all lived outside together in a large run with two hutches. my latest was the oldest (only 2 years old), he passed this morning. The first two to pass had been perfectly fine eating and drinking as usual and then when I went to feed them I found them dead. The third, I found laying in her hutch, she had gone very soft and unresponsive and so I rushed her to the vets where she later passed, a post-mortem was performed and nothing was found. My boy Bruce who passed this morning was taken to the vets on Tuesday evening as he was very lethargic and not himself, I was given food to syringe feed him and a gut stimulant, he had a low temperature however yesterday morning when I went back to the vets his temperature had improved, he perked up last night and started to pick at some carrot but unfortunately passed this morning. My last bunny who is still alive is eating fine and seems very much herself but hasn't passed any of her food, She was also given a gut stimulant on Tuesday evening however I can't help but worry that their sudden deaths may have been RHD2, the vets haven't suggested that it could have been however they have also said that they can't find anything and have yet been unable to diagnose. I am really worried about my little girl, any advise or idea of if this could be the case?
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Jen Wayne-Smith Jen Wayne-Smith
July 26, 2017 20:45

What a fantastic vet I have. He just rang me and spent half an hour on the phone with me, chatting about Filavac after I left a message with a question for him this morning. So to share for everyone, this is what we discussed and I have been informed of......... • rabbits can be vaccinated from 10 weeks of age with a single dose to last annually. Rabbits can be done prior to that age but due them still having a building immune system, they can absorb the vaccine rather than build antibodies to protect themselves, and as a result the vaccine can wear off after a few weeks. So by all means, vaccinate early if you wish but redose at 10 weeks which will cover them for the year. • vaccinated does are able to pass some immunity to kits via colostrum although this may not be enough to protect the kits from contracting the virus. • 50 dose vials cannot be half used. Some suggested that if you only part mixed the solution you would be able to store the vaccine until needed again. This is not correct. The vaccine becomes "active" upon the seal being broken. The clear solution you mix is in nothing more than saline to bulk the quantity of the vaccine to ease dosing so will have no effect to making the vaccine "active", it is the piercing of the seal that does that. • vaccinated rabbits cannot be carriers of the disease. Infection can use them as a transportation ie: blood filled insect, infected faeces, etc, but they cannot harbour the disease themselves as a carrier. The only rabbits that are classed as carriers are ones that have suffered the disease and pulled through, as they will still secrete the virus. • boosters are 12 months. Only if you have a confirmed outbreak within VERY close proximity to you (within your own stud or a neighbour) do you need to redose after 6 months. The reason for this is because there is such a strong strain on the vaccine to defend when it is present in the same proximity to the vaccinated rabbit so needs a booster to back it up. Otherwise 12 months is perfectly sufficient. • the disease can harbour for 3-10 days after initially contracting it. So rabbits that become victims within 2 weeks of vaccinating have more than likely already been brewing the virus and the vaccine exposed it. Anyway, this about sums most of it up, this was a private conversation but I have shared in the hope this can help everybody with any queries they may have. This information was discussed between myself and Jason Burgess at Wood Vets who is very rabbit savvy and one of the leading vets in assisting the rabbit fanciers in the country with providing this vaccine.
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