Course Details

Wed 2nd March - Wed 11th May 2022
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£225 +VAT. Optional practical session £50 +VAT. Full course notes included and these will be posted to delegates ahead of the course.

Course Outline

This 8 week online course covers everything to do with camelid reproduction and cria care. We devote the first six sessions of this course entirely to camelid reproduction and the events around birthing. You will learn about male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology and how to have success when breeding your animals. We will discuss the common reproductive problems in camelids. This will help you to have a better idea what to do when things aren’t going according to plan. Next, we turn our attention to preparations for the birthing season. You will learn what to expect when your animals give birth. We provide practical tips on what you may need to do when a female is in difficulty. Reproductive emergencies are something that owners dread, understandably. We talk about the types of emergencies experienced by camelids with the goal of helping you better prepare for these potential issues. 

In the last two sessions of this course, we devote our time to cria care. You will learn what is normal for a newborn cria, what isn’t, and what to do in the case of problems. 

All sessions are available online to course participants for 4 months following each session.

Following the online training, an optional practical session – a birthing clinic – is available for those able to travel to attend. Details are below.

Course Schedule: Camelid Reproduction & Cria Care

Session 1 9th March Female Anatomy and Reproductive Physiology
Session 216th MarchMale Reproduction and Breeding Soundness
Selection of Male/Female Camelids for Breeding
·     Heritability of desirable or undesirable traits
·     Male/Female selection criteria
·     Genetic and congenital defects  
Session 323rd MarchBest breeding practices – Reproductive problems, and solutions
Session 430th MarchPreparation for Birthing
Session 520th AprilBirthing – 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. 
Session 627th AprilReproductive Emergencies:
C-sections, uterine torsion, post-partum vaginal bleeding, uterine prolapse…
Session 74th 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.
Session 811th MayCrooked legs and Rickets

Each session will start at 8pm UK time and last 1-1.5 hours including time for questions.

Individual sessions are available at a cost of £32 +VAT. These are not available for online booking – please email us to book individual sessions at [email protected].


Available on 18th May for £50 +VAT per person for delegates who complete this course and are able to travel to Camelid Veterinary Services Ltd. [This will be organised 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?

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

“I honestly can’t think of anything that was left out about reproduction and cria care.” – Pam Ogden, Ogden Alpacas, California

“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 

Watch the camelid reproduction and cria care course from anywhere!
Watch the course anywhere you have a good internet connection – or watch the recording for up to 4 months!

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