Course Details

Wed 5th October - Wed 23rd November 2022
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£347 +VAT per person. Optional practical session £70 +VAT. Full course notes included and these will be posted to delegates ahead of the course.
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Course Outline

This is an online course of 8 weeks’ duration in Breeding Management & Cria Care. It covers everything to do with camelid reproduction and cria care. Following the online training, an optional practical session – a birthing clinic – is available for those able to travel to attend. Details are below.

“I honestly can’t think of anything that was left out about reproduction and cria care.”

Pam Ogden, Ogden Alpacas, California, USA


  • You will fully understand how to have the best success when breeding your alpacas or llamas.
  • You will learn about the most common reproductive problems – then you will know what you might need to do when breeding isn’t working as it should.
  • You will learn what to expect at birthing, and practical tips for what you should do when a female has difficulty.
  • You will feel better prepared to deal with any potential problems or emergencies.
  • Learn what’s normal for newborn crias, what isn’t, and what to do in the case of problems.
  • You will receive the most up to date information from the UK’s only specialist camelid vet!
  • Ample opportunity to ask the questions YOU need answers to during the LIVE webinars – there is no such thing as a stupid question!
  • Full printed course notes provided so you don’t have to write everything down.
  • BONUS #1! Access to the recordings of the webinars for 4 whole months after each session!
  • BONUS #2! Additional live and interactive group Q&A session.
  • BONUS #3! Laminated female infertility problem solver flow-chart, based on 20 years of female infertility evaluations. ***Worth £50!***
  • BONUS #4! Cria problem quick reference guide. *** Worth £50!***

“Really excellent course, and the content was just right for me.”

Carol Montgomery, UK

who is this course suitable for?

This online Course in Breeding Management & Cria Care is suitable for new breeders just starting on their journey with alpacas or llamas, as well as more experienced breeders wanting a refresher course in camelid reproduction. If you are outside the UK, this course will also be suitable for you. Claire spent 5 years working in the US and is familiar with conditions in North America and most of Europe.

Course Schedule: Breeding Management & Cria Care

Week 1 5th October Female Anatomy and Reproductive Physiology
Week 212th OctoberMale Reproduction and Breeding Soundness
Selection of Male/Female Camelids for Breeding  
Week 320th OctoberBest breeding practices – Reproductive problems, and solutions
Week 426th OctoberPreparation for Birthing
Week 52nd NovemberBirthing – what to expect when an alpaca or llama gives birth, what to look out for when things aren’t going according to plan, and how to recognise when veterinary help is needed. 
Week 69th NovemberReproductive Emergencies:
C-sections, uterine torsion, post-partum vaginal bleeding, uterine prolapse…
Week 716th NovemberNeonatology – what’s normal in newborn crias, what isn’t normal, how to prevent problems, and what can be done to treat any problems that may develop.
Week 823rd NovemberCrooked legs and Rickets
24th NovemberBONUS SESSION! Live & Interactive Q&A. Your opportunity to ask any outstanding questions. [This session will be held at 3pm UK time – 10am EST, 4pm CET.]

Each session will start at 8pm UK time and last 1.25 – 2 hours including time for questions. Please note that all sessions are run on Wednesday evenings with the exception of Thursday 20th October and Thursday 24th November.

Course cost is £347 +VAT per person. Discounted pricing available for multiple people booking from the same farm – discount added at checkout. (10% for 2 people, 15% for 3 people, 20% for 4 or more.)


Available on 28th November for £70 +VAT per person for delegates who complete this course and are able to travel to Camelid Veterinary Services Ltd. [Please email me after booking this course to let me know if you would like to attend: this can be added separately once the online course is underway and invoiced separately.]

The practical session gives guidance on how to approach palpation of a female alpaca or llama having difficulty birthing and gives advice on what kit should you have available at birthing time. You will have the opportunity to practice manipulation of a mal-positioned foetus using a model of the alpaca pelvis. The aim of this practical is to help you to recognise parts of the foetus and learn how to correct a mal-positioned foetus. This helps you learn how to aid delivery when this is safe, and when it would be better to call your vet.

You will also learn how to safely perform procedures that are sometimes required for crias. This includes tube-feeding with milk and giving injections.

Please note that in this practical we use crias that were either stillborn or died very young and have been stored for use in this lab. This allows an accurate simulation of palpation. Gloves and protective clothing will be provided.

Course Notes

Please note that full course notes are provided, including shipping in the UK. We will post these out to delegates ahead of the course. If you wish to participate from outside the UK, please give plenty of time to allow notes to be sent out to you (EU/US allow 1-2 weeks, for Ireland about one month!). There will be a small supplement for shipping depending on location!

What have others said after taking this course in Breeding Management & Cria Care?

“Having the course broken down into smaller slots of up to 2 hours made it easier for me to concentrate and not get so tired. The webinar format was really good, and being able to re-watch it helps it sink in more.”

Laura Attfield, UK

“I honestly can’t think of anything that was left out about reproduction and cria care.”

Pam Ogden, Ogden Alpacas, California

“Really excellent course, and the content was just right for me.”

Carol Montgomery, UK
Watch the course anywhere you have a good internet connection – or watch the recording for up to 4 months!

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