Alicia McLaughlin, a veterinarian from the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine (CBEAM) in Bothell, WA, will be offering
3 separate vaccine clinics for Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD) in accordance with the state veterinarian’s requirements:
11th: San Juan Islands clinic
Location: Islands Veterinary Clinic, 850 Mullis St., Friday Harbor, WA
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 23rd: Whidbey Island clinic
Pacific Rim Institute, 180 Parker Road, Coupeville, WA 98239
Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
February 25th: Clallam County clinic
Greywolf Veterinary Hospital, 1102 E. Washington St., Sequim, WA 98382
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Please note that rabbits are not permitted to travel into the quarantine locations to receive the vaccine; they must live within
the individual quarantine areas to minimize the risk of the disease spreading further. There will be strict biosecurity
protocols at the clinics to help keep the participating rabbits safe. Only rabbits that appear healthy on exam will
be vaccinated. Limited numbers of vaccines are currently available. Once supplies run out, if there is a significant
amount of interest from rabbit owners in getting additional animals vaccinated, Dr. McLaughlin will petition the state veterinarian's
office to import more vaccines from Europe.
All rabbit owners will have to sign a liability waiver. Dr. McLaughlin will be maintaining
medical records per state veterinarian requirements. One of CBEAM’s exotic animal technicians will be assisting
with documentation and organization throughout the event. Rabbit owners will be asked to stay in the area for 15 minutes
after the vaccine is administered in the event of an immediate anaphylactic vaccine reaction. Handouts on the vaccine
and RHD itself will be available, and Dr. McLaughlin will be happy to answer any questions about the vaccine and RHD during
and after the event.
Households of 3 or less rabbits: A single $30 group exam fee, plus $35.00 per vaccine.
Households of 4 or more rabbits: A single $100 “breeder” group exam fee, plus
$35.00 per vaccine.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve the vaccines, and are nonrefundable if cancelled less
than 48 hours prior to the event. Rabbit owners should call CBEAM at 425-486-9000 to leave their
deposits over the phone; they must confirm their vaccine clinic location, in addition to providing their contact information
and details about the rabbits being vaccinated. This will allow Dr. McLaughlin to create vaccination certificates in
advance for proof of vaccination.
After these clinics are complete, if more vaccines are available,
Dr. McLaughlin will be able to offer vaccines to other rabbits outside of the quarantine areas on a limited basis at CBEAM
in accordance with the state veterinarian’s requirements. Please contact CBEAM at 425-486-9000 to get on the waiting
list if you are interested and do not live in the San Juan Islands, Whidbey Island, or Clallam County.
Please contact CBEAM at 425-486-9000 with any questions.