Welcome to The British Association of Rodentologists

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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.  Each student, when they have studied the training material, will complete the self-test questions included in the coursework and send them into Vedra Stanley-Spatcher at the Cambridge Cavy Trust (CCT ) charity registration no 801103 (see their website  www.cambridgecavytrust.org.uk ) in Huntingdon, just north of Cambridge, UK.  Vedra will assess whether the student is ready to request the 16-page scenario-based exam papers which should be competed at home and returned to BAR/CCT HQ for marking.

Please Note All currently training  BAR students and qualified Rodentologists are required to be members of the Cambridge Cavy Trust.

To comply with data protection we need to keep an up to date register of all students and qualified Rodentologists. Therefore, if your contact details change at any time you will need to inform BAR Training College


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 – £135 plus P&P (for a limited time the cost will be £100 plus P+P)
Review of Self-Test papers (included with the coursework) £8
Case history examination (set of 16 case histories) – £20 plus P&P
Examination marking fee – £40                                                                          Certificate FREE                                                                                                RHA badge – £20 (only available upon qualification)

TOTAL FEE: £223 plus P&P (P&P charges are detailed on the application form)

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 the Anatomy GBAR (Graduate of the British Association of Rodentologists) home study pack:

Anatomy GBAR 
Consists of:
Home study materials – £140 plus P&P
Examination attendance fee – £10 per module =£100
Examination marking fee – £60 upon completion of all 10 modules        GBAR qualification badge upon completion of all three parts – £25


Please note: Examinations for the GBAR course 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. The GBAR course is divided into 10 modules and exam papers may be taken either all at once or several modules at a time, according to your wishes. The marks obtained for each module will be added together at the end of the 10th module. A minimum of 80% is needed to achieve a pass mark.


There are a limited number of training places available so early booking is advised.

When  you are ready to book your training please email Registration Officer Sonja Cutts  at sonja.cutts@googlemail.com or text 07986241933 (quoting your name and area)  to enquire about enrolling on any of the courses.

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
PE28 2AF

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.


 Vedra’s Book ‘Official Guide to Guinea Pig Diagnostic, Medication and Welfare’ (currently not available until mid 2021)

Usual cost £48 – For a limited period will be available for the reduced price of £20 plus P&P (You save £28)

Dental Kit  (currently not available until mid 2021)– comprises of:

  • Restraining Bag
  • Booklet
  • 2 rasps
  • Pair of buccal pad separators (to see the teeth at the back of the mouth)

Usual cost £86 – For a limited period we are offering this kit for £25 plus P+P (you save £61)

OR:  £15 without the buccal pad separators  (currently not available until mid 2021)

New: Dental Booklet £5 (currently not available until mid 2021)