Rabbit Breeders Association of Tasmania

The Rabbit Breeders Association of Tasmania

present committee members are;

 President: Martyn Connor

Vice President: Debbie Pulford

Secretary: Sarah Van Steenis*


Show Secretary: Susan Loveless

Show Manager: Debbie Pulford 

Treasurer: Julie Edser

Ring Registrar : Vanessa Sullivan

General Committee: Jessica Connor & Christina Cooper

Newsletter: Debbie Pulford 

Keeper Of Titles: Susan Loveless 

Webmaster: Martyn Connor (rbatas@y7mail.com)

* Please direct all enquirie's in regards to membership applications and stud prefix' along with ALL Correspondence to the Club Secretary:

RBAT c/o The Secretary Sarah Van Steenis

62 Kensington Street

New Norfolk 7140

Phone 0401 252 204



Members Code Of Ethics

For all domestic, pet, pedigree or show rabbits in my care i will to the best of my ability:

  • On a daily basis make sure rabbits are well fed and supplied with clean water.
  • Provide regularly cleaned, adequately sized, escape proof hutches or accomodation.
  • Quarantine infectious rabbits and ensure they receive appropriate medical attention whenever required. Please notify the RBAT. Inc about Myxomatosis or Calici virus outbreakes! (Confidentiality assured. We will only notify and forewarn members by the applicable town or suburb.
  • Do not neglect, physically abuse, mistreat or allow needless suffereing (Gunine cases of ill treatment should be reported to the RSPCA or notify a RBAT. Inc Committee member.
  • Do not release a rabbit into surburia or a country area.
  • Be responcible in breeding programs to inprove the quality of the breed. Do not knowingly breed unhealthy rabbits or those carrying a genetic disease or with deformaties or other abnormalities
  • Show concern and consideration for breeding does especially. Do not mate to frequently or befor adulthood. (The criteria for adults would be according to the mature age of the specific breed and not necessarily to the BRC SHow Standard of five months) DO Not bring a pregnant doe to a show or display.
  • Undertake not to mate different standard breeds together unless working within a specific breeding program and then undertake not to sell or misrepresent crossbred offspring as purebred. Do not knowingly sell a rabbit as show quality with a major disqualifying fault/s.
  • Not to knowingly sell a kitte under the age of eight weeks, in poor health, affected by any catagious disease or with a genetic phyisical condition.
  • Do not sell to children unless accompanied by an adult or with out proven parental consent.
  • Remove identifacation rings from rabbits sold or given away as pets to non-members.
  • Honour a promise or agreement to supply pedigree papers in a timely manner, i.e. with in thirty days of selling your rabbit. If you choose not to issue pedigree papers or they are unavalible, it is advisable to notify the buyer at the time or purchase.
  • Be honest and provide helpful infomation when dealing with the public. Aim to conduct yourself in a manner so as not to jeopardize the reputation of the RBAT. Inc and rabbit fanciers in general.

Faliure to adhere or respect the RBAT. Inc Code of Ethic's may result in disciplinary action i.e. Suspension or forefiet membership, constitutional rights and priviledges.

Information to Consider Regarding the Calici Virus and Vaccination - Sourced From Dr Mark White (NSW)

1) it seems to take about a week for strong immunity to develop after vaccination
2) the immunity only seems to reliably last about 10 months, so rabbits done prior to this should be re-vaccinated.
3) the virus can certainly spread on contaminated cages, equipment, feed, rabbit skin, human hands etc etc. It has often been found that when they put new rabbits into the cages of rabbits that died from calici that they lose those rabbits too.
4) its hard to say how long it lasts for sure in the environment as it can depend on the conditions. Some research papers suggest the virus can survive for months under ideal conditions. There is also some suggestion that there may be some continual re-contamination of the environment from a few rabbits that become persistent carriers. My gut feeling is that about one month's freedom from clinical disease is generally pretty safe under practical conditions where there has been a serious effort to clean and disinfect the premises.
5) I think there has been some talk in show circles of the vaccine causing infertility. We haven't experienced any problems at all in farm rabbits despite doing more than 10,000 does per year.
6) the vaccine contains an oil adjuvant and so can cause some swelling at the site of injection, which could be a problem in show rabbits. Some people with miniature breeds give a smaller dose (0.5-0.75 mL) vs 1.0 mL normally. The dose can also be split into more than one site to spread the irritation. It can also be injected elsewhere than the neck to make it less obvious.
7) there are other things you can do to help control calici eg, keep insect populations down with sprays; keep rabbits indoors; disinfect cages and equipment regularly; care with handling dead rabbits (wear protective clothing and gloves and change before handling healthy rabbits); care with bringing new rabbits in (keep in separate quarantine are for 3 weeks). But these are only ancillary measures compared to vaccinating.
8) although there seems to be more than one strain of the virus floating about, the current vaccination seems to give very good protection against all strains for all practical purposes. Besides, its the only vaccine available in Australia. We haven't noticed any dimunition in the efficacy of the vaccine in association with the identification of other strains.
9) farmers generally vaccinate with a 1.0 mL at 12-14 weeks of age when rabbits are selected as breeders, as apposed to being sent for processing. However young rabbits between 6-14 weeks are also susceptible. Some farmers give a small dose of 0.1-0.2 mL dose at 5-6 weeks to tide them over until they get a full dose at 12-14 weeks if kept. Rabbits under 6 weeks are generally not susceptible.