Course Details

Wed 19th January - Wed 2nd March 2022
Course Director
£170 +VAT. Full course notes are included and these will be posted to delegates ahead of the course. (Small supplement for those based outside the UK to cover postage.)

Course Outline: Camelid Health Management

This is a 6 week online course in camelid health management for owners of alpacas and llamas. The aim of this course is to provide a solid grounding in the health care and management of camelids. We will cover the crucial elements of managing alpacas and llamas as well as many common problems experienced. We will not deal specifically with any reproduction or neonatal problems in this course. It is therefore applicable to owners of breeding and non-breeding animals.

Taught by the UK’s only specialist camelid vet, you will be provided with the most up to date information to help you care for your animals. There will be ample opportunity for questions in this online course in camelid health. There is no such thing as a stupid question!

This course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced owners wanting a refresher course in camelid health. 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. Outside of these areas there may be some location specific issues outside of the scope of this course, but the vast majority of the course will be relevant.

Course Schedule

  • Session 1. 19th January     General camelid management
  • Session 2. 26th January      Nutritional management 
  • Session 3. 2nd February     Parasite control: worms, coccidia and fluke
  • Session 4. 9th February     Biosecurity for the farm
  • Session 5. 23rd February     Skin Problems
  • Session 6. 2nd March    Health Problems and what to do when things go wrong.

Each session will start at 8pm UK time (3pm EST) and last 1-1.5 hours, and includes time for questions. All sessions will be available as a recording to view after the event in case you aren’t able to attend. The sessions will be available for 4 months after the date of each live session.

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

Course Notes:

Please note that full course notes are provided, including shipping in the UK. We will post these out for 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. There will be a small supplement for shipping depending on location!

What have others said after taking this course?

“The course is brilliant and I have learned so much which will definitely improve my herds health and life quality.” – Sue Williams, Blackrock Llamas

“As a relatively new alpaca owner this was just what I needed. It was a very thorough course and well organised. Claire, your presentation style is very clear and well paced. Your detailed knowledge, experience and passion is very evident. Making this amount of quality content so accessible is excellent for those wanting to learn and advance their knowledge. I think it is excellent value for money, especially taking into account how much it would cost to travel and pay for accommodation in ‘normal’ times.” – Katy Fawcett, Kentmere Valley Alpacas

“Long sessions = comprehensive coverage of topics which is great as far as I’m concerned. I’m quite surprised (and genuinely very pleased) to find that my confidence around my little herd has increased enormously over the last few weeks. One of my goats was poorly over Christmas with pneumonia which highlighted how lacking in knowledge, experience and skill I was and, indeed, might be if one of my alpacas became poorly – a ‘gut feeling’ that something is wrong isn’t really enough. I’m so pleased that I signed up for this course – thank you, Claire.” – Irene Jones, Goonhilly Herd

“I’ve had alpacas since 2008 and I have still learned a lot from this course. Great to be able to do it virtually. Thank you Claire.” – Lee Robertson

Thank you so much!!  Super informative and well presented. Learned a lot! – Jacquie Edwards, Jade Alpaca Ranch

“I have absolutely loved this course and am really looking forward to the next course. I have owned alpaca for 6 year and bred for 3 years and I have learned something from every week on this course and the week I was most shocked about and learned the most from was the biosecurity week and I am very grateful that you have put on these courses.” – Dionne Knight, Animal Barn Alpacas

Related Training:

If you are interested in a course on reproduction and care of crias, please check out our online course on Camelid Reproduction & Cria Care.

Body condition scoring is an essential part of camelid health management.

Body condition scoring is an essential tool in camelid health management.

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