Camelid Veterinary Services, established in May 2011, provides camelid reproduction services and consultancy for medical, reproductive and herd health issues affecting alpacas and llamas.
Claire is based in Oxfordshire in the UK and is available for consultation on medical, reproductive and herd health issues via your own vet. Please ask your vet to contact Claire for advice at . Be advised that there may be a fee for consultation.
Claire teaching how to take a blood sample from the jugular vein using an alpaca venipuncture model she developed in 2005 with Ben Kitchen of Alternavitae
Claire Whitehead performing a female breeding soundness exam. The female alpaca is seen cushed in Camelid Veterinary Service's own camelid-specific restraint chute. This chute means that sedation is rarely necessary for a detailed examination.
Claire performing abdominal ultrasound on an alpaca
Another intravenous catheter successfully placed
Strongyle eggs as viewed under the microscope - from an actual faecal sample.
A 4 month old cria with blocked nasolacrimal ducts. These can be easily flushed clear under sedation.
Approximately 60 day old foetus identified on transrectal ultrasonography. The whole foetus appears in longitudinal section and this foetus can be aged based on the caliper measurements shown across the skull.
Please note that Claire is currently not able to provide an emergency referral service for alpacas or llamas for medical or surgical management.