Welcome to The British Association of Rodentologists

We provide training courses to members of the public, to those working with rodents and to veterinary professionals with the aim of improving rodent and guinea pig medical care and welfare.

The Rodent Health Advisory course (RHA) is the most important part of a rodentologist’s training. It provides all the basic information that is needed to provide your guinea pigs with the best opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Additionally it provides you with the information and tools that you need to recognise the onset of ill health and disease at the earliest possible stage. The metabolic rate of rodents is very fast compared to that of cats and dogs, so early identification of any changes in your guinea pigs’ behaviour or health is essential.

Qualified Rodentologists fill the gap in veterinary training, which is based mainly on cats, dogs and farm animals and does not include a specific study or examination on naturally occurring disease within the rodent/guinea pig species. It will therefore be helpful when consulting a vet if you can provide as much knowledge and information yourself as possible.

These days, many veterinary practices do have a qualified Rodentologist within their staff, often a vet nurse who has trained with us, but it is wise to establish if this is the case before booking an appointment with a practice.

Details of the courses are shown below. Part of the RHA course is a two day residential training at the Cambridge Cavy Trust/CCT (see their website: www.cambridgecavytrust.org.uk) in Huntingdon, just north of Cambridge, UK. This residential stay may be completed in either two consecutive days or on two separate occasions. Basic accommodation is available if required. Students of the residential stay will need to bring two guinea pigs of their own, preferably one male and one female, although two of the same sex will be acceptable.

There are a limited number of training places available so early booking is advised. When you are ready to book the practical stage of the course, please text Vedra Stanley-Spatcher on 07721 026401 to request a residential booking, and she will be in contact with you after 8pm (GMT) to discuss availability.


THE TRAINING COURSES

In terms of animal welfare and general veterinary knowledge, the RHA course is the most important training pack. You cannot undertake the GBAR course until you have successfully completed the RHA course.

Rodent Health Advisory (RHA)
No formal qualifications are required to undertake this course. You decide the pace at which you choose to study. The examination papers can be completed at home and posted to us for marking.

Consists of:
RHA home study materials – £130
2 days training at the CCT – £80 each (10am to 4pm)
Case history examination (set of 16 case histories) – £20
Examination marking fee – £40
RHA badge – £20 (only available upon successful completion of the course and exams)

TOTAL FEE: £370

OPTIONAL (but recommended):
2 workshops, held on Sundays only (11am to 2pm) – £60 each
2 lectures, held on Sundays only (11am to 2pm) – £40 each

If you wish to continue and undertake more academic study, we can offer a choice of the following GBAR (Graduate of the British Association of Rodentologists) home study packs:

Anatomy GBAR (Part 1)
Consists of:
Home study materials – £135
10-module examination pack registration fee – £20
Examination attendance fee – £10 per module 
Examination marking fee – £40 upon completion of all 10 modules
TOTAL FEE: £295

Physiology GBAR (Part 2)
Consists of:
Home study materials – £150
10-module examination pack registration fee – £20
Examination attendance fee – £10 per module
Examination marking fee – £40 upon completion of all 10 modules
TOTAL FEE: £310

Pharmacology GBAR (Part 3)
Consists of:
Home study materials – £150
10-module examination pack registration fee – £20
Examination attendance fee – £10 per module 
Examination marking fee – £40 upon completion of all 10 modules
TOTAL FEE: £310

GBAR qualification badge upon completion of all three parts – £25

Please note: Examinations for the GBAR courses cannot be taken at home. You will be required to attend the Cambridge Cavy Trust (1 Splash Lane, Wyton, Huntingdon, PE28 2AF) on one or more pre-arranged Sundays between the hours of 10am and 6pm. Each of the 3 GBAR course parts are divided into 10 modules and exam papers may be taken either one at a time, or several at a time, according to your wishes.


TO BOOK YOUR TRAINING WITH BAR

Please text Vedra Stanley-Spatcher on 07721 026401 or email her on stanislinski@aol.com to enquire about enrolling on any of the courses.

Alternatively you can contact Training Registration Officer, Sonja Cutts, on 07986 241933 or email her on sonja.cutts@googlemail.com

Payments for the courses may be made via PayPal, credit/debit card, or cheque. If you wish to pay by cheque, either do so in person or post your cheque (made out to “British Association of Rodentologists”) to:

BAR Training College
Cambridge Cavy Trust
1 Splash Lane
Wyton
Huntingdon
PE28 2AF
U.K.

If you wish to pay via credit/debit card or cash you may do so on your visit (at a pre-arranged appointment) or, if you wish to pay by card over the telephone, please text Vedra on 07721 026401 with your name to request a time slot when we are available for you to make a payment over the phone.