The Calici Virus

In mid January 2016, Lady Charlotte, a special needs rabbit in Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage’s foster care program became ill at her foster home and later died, Lady Charlotte was vaccinated and her vaccination was up to date. A second rabbit in the foster carer’s household also died. Vaccination of the 2nd rabbit was not confirmed. Autopsy and biopsy on both rabbits conducted by our vets and Government Biosecurity confirmed the cause of death was RHVD Type 2  


So what does this mean?


To our knowledge this is the first confirmed case of RHVD Type 2 in Victoria.

The Australian Veterinary Association have put together an information sheet on the Calici Virus to assist our understand and how to best protect our pet rabbits.  Information on the rogue strain known as RHVD2 is also available from Pestsmart

Lady Charlotte RIP Jan 2016


What we know:

  • Lady Charlotte was 4 yrs 6 mths of age approx when she died

  • She was vaccinated on 23 April 2015 and died mid Jan 2016 (8mths and 2 weeks after the vaccine was administered). 

  • There were 4 other rabbits in the same home and 3 are not affected to date. One died from the same virus as Lady Charlotte


19 Stanley Street, Olinda

VIC 3788

Ph: 03 9751 1229

Rabbit Run-Away Orphanage

ABN:  42 975 123 153




OPEN: Saturday  1pm to 4pm

OPEN: Sunday     1pm to 4pm

OPEN: weekdays by appointment


Parking on the property is limited and we have a very steep drive with limited turning space. We would appreciate if you can please park near the Mt Dandenong Hotel, walk past the Vet, turn into Illoura St then left into Stanley St.  Our property is on the left, only a 5 minute walk.