The aim of this course is to provide a solid grounding in the health care of camelids. It will cover general management, vaccination strategies, nutrition, parasite control, biosecurity, skin problems and other health problems. We will not deal specifically with any reproduction or neonatal problems so this course will be applicable for owners that do not breed their animals as well as breeders. Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced owners wanting a refresher course.
Courses for Owners
It's tough to know where to get your information from. There are many differing opinions out there and it can be hard to pick out the ones that are actually correct or will work for you and your animals. I have been around alpacas and llamas for over 25 years and have made a career providing veterinary care for them. I have worked almost exclusively with camelids for 14 years and started out the camelid-focussed part of my career working with one of the best, Dr David Anderson. I pass on that knowledge and experience in my courses. The material presented in these courses is evidence-based, not just something that I may have found "works for me". If you're thinking about attending, it may also be reassuring to know that I have a teaching qualification to teach at higher education level and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Courses shown on this page are aimed at owners and breeders. Vets, vet nurses and students are also welcome to attend these courses although the content is geared more towards owners and breeders.
I organise structured courses for owners that are run from my practice premises in South East Oxfordshire, including those listed. However, if you or your regional group would like to host a course in another part of the country, I am more than happy to discuss this with you. Just ask! If you have any particular thoughts about course content, I can talk about just about anything to do with camelid care so again, just ask!
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This an intensive two-day course, aimed at anyone breeding alpacas or llamas. The first day is devoted to camelid reproduction: male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology, breeding practices and discussion of common reproductive problems and emergencies experienced with camelids. There will also be a presentation on assisted reproduction in camelids, including embryo transfer. The second day takes the form of a “Neonatal Clinic” and deals with the neonatal cria (what’s normal, what isn’t, and what to do in the case of problems) as well as providing instruction on the birthing process and what you may need to do in an emergency. This second day also includes a practical session giving you the opportunity to learn how to recognise and potentially correct a malpresented cria and helps you understand when you need to call the vet to help.
Examples of Past Courses run by Camelid Veterinary Services Ltd
This course is aimed at owners of alpacas and llamas The aim of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills to be able to perform transabdominal ultrasound of camelids for pregnancy diagnosis, safely and effectively. The course will cover: Key anatomical features of the Camelid abdomen – what you could potentially see by ultrasound! Key facts about ultrasonography and how it works. Physiology of pregnancy, normal foetal development. Approach to pregnancy diagnosis: what you need, potential risks, what you as an owner can do by yourself, limitations and when to call the vet. Learn the practical skill to be able to perform your own pregnancy ultrasounds safely and confidently! . ... click to read more hide
Course Outline This is an introduction to a whole different way of thinking about and handling alpacas and llamas based on the practical application of behaviour science. ... click to read more The aim is to focus not on the goal but on how that goal is achieved using techniques that are gentle, as well as efficient and effective. They make life with your camelid companion much more fun for both of you. The course is suitable for new owners as well as those with more experience but who would like to find an alternative to grabbing and restraining. You will learn a set of skills that once mastered, make every animal easier to work with. Whether your difficulty lies in catching, haltering, and leading or husbandry tasks like injections or toe nail trimming, this approach based on Camelidynamics principles offers respectful, scientifically sound answers that anyone can learn and use safely and effectively. Tutor Victoria is a Senior Camelidynamics Consultant which means that she has trained extensively with Camelidynamics founder Marty McGee Bennett. She has also gained a Certificate of Excellence following an intensive 8 week international webinar course Living and Learning with Animals 2014 with Dr Susan Friedman of Utah State University, USA. Course Cost: £140 + VAT hide
This course aims to provide attendees with a comprehensive knowledge-base relating to bovine TB in camelids It will cover the emergence of this important disease in camelids, outline what we know about the disease and how it affects camelids and also go into detail about testing procedures and any follow-on procedures that might occur within a breakdown or for surveillance purposes. ... click to read more By the end of the course, attendees should feel confident about what to expect if they embark on a testing regime for surveillance or what might happen if they have the misfortune to become involved in breakdown or tracing testing. There will be plenty of time allowed for questions to be asked and for discussion to take place. hide