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Calling all guinea pig owners

Press release issued: 1 February 2017

Academics from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences are asking for guinea pig owners to take part in a new research study on how pet guinea pigs are kept in the UK by completing an online questionnaire.

Guinea pigs are very popular pets, with around 700,000 in the UK, but very little research has been carried out into how best to meet their needs. 

The study conducted by a final year vet nurse student Amber Harrup, and researchers at Bristol’s Vet School, aims to find out about the different ways guinea pigs are cared for in the UK, and discover what is most important to them in order for them to lead healthy and happy lives.

Dr Nicola Rooney Research Fellow in Animal Welfare and Behaviour at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, and one of the researchers on the project, said: “Very little is currently known about how guinea pigs are kept in the UK, so we are keen to hear from guinea pig owners about all aspects of their pet’s life. We did a similar survey regarding rabbits several years back which produced some really important findings.  Now it’s time to turn our attention to guinea pigs.

“We want to know where guinea pigs live, how they behave, what they eat and how healthy they are, as well as how they interact with their companions and owners.”

By completing the survey, participants will also be given the opportunity to win £40 worth of prizes for their guinea pig.

To complete the survey please go to or for more information, contact Nicola Rooney on tel 0117 928 9469.


Further information

About the care of pet guinea pigs within the UK study
The ‘Care of pet guinea pigs within the UK’ study is being led by a final year Veterinary Nursing and Bioveterinary Science (BSc) student at the University of Bristol.

The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and is designed to provide some insight into how guinea pigs are commonly kept.

All participants must be 16 years or over and currently own at least one guinea pig.  If you are under 16 and wish to complete the study, please ask your parents or another adult to take part. All responses will remain anonymous.

The questionnaire will be open until Friday 10 February 2017.

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