Course Details

Wed 12th April - Wed 31st May 2023
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£747 per person (prior to 5th April, £997 thereafter). Optional practical session £70 +VAT. Full course notes included and posted to delegates.
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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


  • Save time and money! Avoid the annoying wasted years where a female fails to conceive… Avoid losing crias because you didn’t know what to do…
  • 15 hours worth of online training.
  • 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.

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

Carol Montgomery, UK

What is your investment for this knowledge?

What you getValue
Online training (15 hours of valuable content) over 8 weeks£897
Comprehensive printed course notes£97
ALL your questions answered – during the training and by email£100
BONUS #1. Access to the recordings of the webinars for 4 whole months after each session!£100
BONUS #2! Additional live and interactive group Q&A session.£200
BONUS #3! Female infertility problem solver flow-chart, based on 20 years of female infertility evaluations.£50
BONUS #4! Cria problem quick reference guide.£50
Prices shown include UK VAT at 20%. [For EU based customers, include your VAT number at checkout to remove the VAT. Outside of the EU, VAT will be removed and is equivalent to $997 (depending on exchange rates.]

Until the 5th April, your investment is only £747 including VAT. Use coupon code: 2023SUCCESS

Until midnight (UK time) on the 5th April

[Shipping of notes is included to anywhere in the world.]

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. Camelid reproduction remains the same, wherever you are!

Course Schedule: Breeding Management & Cria Care

Week 1 12th April Female Anatomy and Reproductive Physiology
Week 219th AprilMale Reproduction and Breeding Soundness
Selection of Male/Female Camelids for Breeding  
Week 326th AprilBest breeding practices – Reproductive problems, and solutions
Week 43rd MayPreparation for Birthing
Week 510th MayBirthing – 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 617th MayReproductive Emergencies:
C-sections, uterine torsion, post-partum vaginal bleeding, uterine prolapse…
Week 724th MayNeonatology – 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 831st MayCrooked legs and Rickets
1st JuneBONUS 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.

Course cost is £747 per person (if booked before the end of March, £997 thereafter). 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 18th May 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 aprons 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!).

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 come from an equine background and find that many of my fellow breeders do too. Having had alpacas for 7 years now I find everyday they are giving me a new learning experience. I came across this program on Facebook in one of the groups and felt it would be a great opportunity to learn from a professional. I was never available for the live sessions but could get on the links and watch the program during the hours I could. From the first part through the last I feel Dr Whitehead was articulate, encouraged participation and extremely informative. I highly recommend this program and will be watching it again as I am sure I missed some things. It was well worth my investment!!”

Leslie Rebtoy, Healing Springs Suris, Oklahoma (USA)

“Excellent and really worthwhile course to do if you are thinking or just started breeding. I’ve learnt a lot of information with me only starting my own breeding this year.”

Jane Kidd, Millstream Alpacas, Northern Ireland (UK)
Watch the course anywhere you have a good internet connection – or watch the recording for up to 4 months!

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