Richard Saunders – Vet Specialist Adviser
Or in full… Richard Saunders BSc (Hons) BVSc MSB CBiol DZooMed (Mammalian) MRCVS
Richard was our third and final ‘resident’ at Langford, Bristol. When his residency came to an end we decided to keep him! We are very lucky that we have Richard one day a week and he guides the health and welfare strategy of the RWAF, as well as raising the standards for rabbits across the UK. For example, in 2016 it was Richard who brought Filavac to the UK and paved the way for other vets to order it, thus protecting UK rabbits from the new strain for RVHD2.
Richard qualified from Liverpool University in 1994, obtained his Certificate in Zoological Medicine in 2001 and his Diploma in Zoological Medicine in 2010, while he was an RWAF resident.
Having previously worked in small animal, avian and exotic first opinion practice, Richard shares his time between the RWAF, as the Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Zoo and Rabbit Medicine at Bristol Zoo and Langford, University of Bristol. Richard has lectured and written articles on rabbits and exotics, co-authored “Notes on Rabbit Internal Medicine” and has a particular interest in chinchillas, rabbits and birds of prey.
Richard Saunders has also been registered as a recognised RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, one of only 18 people in the world!
In 2018 Richard was awarded CEVA Vet of the Year in recognition of his tireless work in furthering the understanding of the veterinary and welfare needs of rabbits and in particular for his unstinting work in making appropriate vaccine to protect against RVHD2 available to the UK’s rabbit owners.
Guen Bradbury – Rabbiting On Veterinary Advisor
Dr. Guen Bradbury MA, VetMB, MRCVS, is a vet who runs a teleconsultancy to help rabbit owners, vets, and vet nurses with behavioural problems in rabbits. Her textbook on the subject, Behavioural problems in rabbits: a clinical approach, explores the different aspects of rabbit behaviour, discusses communication behaviours, describes how rabbits learn to change behaviour, and has detailed, specific guidelines on approaches to common clinical behaviour problems.
Guen is the veterinary adviser for RWAF’s Rabbiting On magazine, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh and she lectures on the Cambridge vet course.
Claire Speight – Rabbiting On Editor
Claire is a registered Veterinary Nurse, A1 Assessor, Clinical Coach and has a C&G Certificate in Nursing Exotic Species. Claire qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2007 and has always had a special interest in the health and welfare of rabbits. Claire works in a practice with a high rabbit caseload as well as writing for various veterinary and owner publications. Claire also lectures to veterinary professionals and owners on various rabbit health and welfare topics.
In 2013 Claire took up the role as Rabbiting On editor. Claire has two rabbits; Albert and Lelia – both rescue bunnies, as well as two Labradors.
Rae Walters – Director
Rae has had the delight of bunnies as pets ever since she was small, and got her first house rabbit in 1997, and joined the team the same year. Having spent several years as an RSPCA home checker she is, like all of the Directors, a huge supporter of rabbit rescue. The RWAF is a small but dedicated team and this means that Rae undertakes all of the ‘A Hutch is Not Enough’ campaigning. She attends all of the meetings on other committees such as PAAG, PAC, RAW and RWG to represent the RWAF and rabbit welfare, and liaises with other organisations and the retail trade. Rae organises the annual conferences and does the day to day admin and membership.
Ros Lamb – Director
Ros joined the team in 2012 after retiring from teaching in 2008 having taught for over 30 years in secondary and further education. Her work with the RWAF includes answering incoming email to our main contact address and also manning our Helpline two days a week. She’s our Fundraising Officer too.
Animals have always been part of her life and she has shared her home with rabbits since early 1998. All of them have been rescues, either adopted privately or adopted from rescue centres. And of course, all absolutely fantastic
Emma Boyd – Director
Emma joined the team in 2012, she co-ran Buddies Bunny Rescue in Edinburgh and supervises the Exotic Animal Teaching Facility at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. Emma has 4 outdoor bunnies of her own who always keep her busy. Emma’s main passion is education of animal welfare, especially rabbits (obviously!) and she hopes that her role within the RWAF will help her achieve this.
Andrew O’Brien – Volunteer Outreach Officer
Andrew is volunteer Outreach Officer for the RWAF helping to raise awareness of rabbit welfare issues in Parliament, Whitehall and the media. Andrew has been working in politics and policy since leaving university in 2010, first working in Parliament as a researcher before working in the charity and social enterprise sectors. Andrew has been involved in numerous campaigns to change UK law and writes regularly on political and policy issues in the media.
Andrew is the owner of two grey Rex rabbits, Pebbles and Pepper.
You can follow Andrew’s work on twitter @ADOBrien88.
Alan Wilson – Director
Alan has been involved since 2006 and his main duties involve writing and reviewing text for press releases, website content and the numerous other ways in which we need to spread the written word. Alan lives in London, his home is animal-free but he shares the same passion as the other directors about helping the most misunderstood and neglected pets to get the lives they should.