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Rabbit Biology and Behaviour

Introduction - Study to care for rabbits with this online course by learning their biology and behaviour.
companion rabbit

Rabbit Biology and Behaviour consists of four units set at the equivalent to level 3 studies in the UK education system.


By "the rabbit" we refer to the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) which is the species kept in captivity as a companion animal.

The rabbit is a prey animal and you will learn how their anatomy, physiology and behavioural aspects support this way of life.

There are four units to study:

1.Anatomy and Physiology

2. The Digestive System

3. The Nutrients and Rabbit Nutrition

4. Rabbit Behaviour

Throughout the units you will find links to rabbit behaviour. In the skeletal system for instance, the structure of the rabbit’s hind legs give the ability to escape predators whilst the endocrine system provides hormones to increase the heart's rate.

Each unit has an assignment which is usually split into pass, merit and distinction levels of achievement. To achieve a unit just the pass section needs to be completed to the required standard.

Course Content

Unit 1

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

Body systems

Structure and function


Relationships to rabbit behaviour

rabbit hopping skeletal system

Unit 3

Nutrients and Nutrition

Proteins, Fats, Carbohydrates, Fibre

Water, Minerals, Vitamins

The rabbit is an obligate herbivore. They must eat only plant matter and low nutrient plant matter too.

rabbit grasses
typical rabbit feed

Unit 2

The Rabbit's Digestive System

Organs, Structure, Physiology

The Caecum

Caecotrophy (introduction)

Rabbit digestive

Unit 4

Rabbit Behaviour

Innate and learned behaviour

Classical conditioning, intrumental learning

Social heirarchy, Burrow construction

Hedge burrows

Hormonal influences, the wild rabbit

the wild rabbit
Wild rabbit hedge burrow

Course fee: £225.00


Instalments: these are made by standing order at £22.50 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. You can try unit 1 before committing to the whole course.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

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