This is a course offering through the BVA CPD Programme Please make bookings and see further course details on their website at: http://www.bva.co.uk/Professional-development/BVA-CPD/ The course is designed as an introduction to working with camelids. ... click to read more It includes a review of their unique anatomy and physiology and tips on how best to approach evaluation of camelids in the field. Procedures that general practitioners may perform routinely in the field will be discussed, including how to take blood samples, how to place intravenous catheters, castration and dental care as well as what sedation or anaesthesia protocols to use for varied types of procedures. There will be a practical session on taking blood and catheter placement using a venipuncture model designed by the Instructor to give delegates confidence in performing these procedures in the field. A session on camelid parasites will cover both internal and external parasites affecting camelids and aims to guide delegates in establishing good parasite control strategies on camelid holdings as well as to give guidance on how to deal with these common issues with better success. There will also be a session on how to approach evaluation of sick camelids: this session will also cover field therapeutics and provide tips on management of fluid therapy in the field. hide
Courses for Vets
Courses shown on this pages are for vets. Vet students and nurses may also attend but be aware that the course content is geared towards qualified vets.
I organise structured courses for vets as listed below although if your practice is seeing a reasonable number of camelids, it may be a more cost-effective solution to have a course tailored specifically towards the needs of your vets and clientele and taught on-site at your practice. Please contact me if you are interested in this option. I recently offered a course for Clent Hills Veterinary Group and Partner Alun Edwards had this to say:
"We have an increasing number of alpaca clients at our practice and felt the need to increase our knowledge. We recently arranged an in-house CPD weekend delivered by Claire Whitehead to which all our vets attended for some of, or the entire course. Claire was an excellent speaker delivering a series of very informative presentations with much interaction and discussion from our vets. The course was undertaken at one of our client’s premises to allow the practical component of handling, physical examination and ultrasonography.
After an informative and exhausting weekend we all feel much more confident in our approach to alpacas and recommend this course to anyone seeing any number of alpacas."
Alun Edwards BVSc MRCVS, Clent Hills Veterinary Group