Rabbit Owners Needed for Pet Care Research Study

We were asked for help with a PhD research project through the university of Guelph focusing on understanding social and environmental factors related to the pet rabbit owning experience and pet rabbit welfare.

This is an excellent opportunity for rabbit-owning families to be part of some important research to help understand rabbit care (e.g., diet, housing) and the experiences of companion rabbit owners (e.g., interactions, activities together, favorite rabbit behaviours, biggest ownership challenges). They are recruiting companion rabbit owners to complete a 10-15 minute survey. The survey includes questions about owner demographics, the rabbits, and owners’ experiences and opinions.  Please consider sharing this survey and giving your clients the opportunity to participate in an important welfare study. The survey is available at https://uoguel.ph/rabbits and you can also put this poster up in your store.

Study participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Live in Canada or the USA
  • Have financial and care responsibilities (“own”) at least one companion rabbit who is not used for breeding and whom you have owned for at least one year

Questions or concerns about this study can be directed to tingac@uoguelph.ca (Carol Tinga) or niell@uoguelph.ca (Lee Niel). The University of Guelph’s Research Ethics Board (REB) certified this study for compliance with federal guidelines for research involving human participants (REB #22-11-005).