Course Details

Tue 2nd March - Tue 27th April 2021
Course Director
£200 +VAT. Optional practical session £50 +VAT. Full course notes can be purchased for £25 +VAT (UK) and these will be posted to delegates ahead of the course.

Course Outline

This is an 8 week online course in camelid reproduction and cria care. We devote the first four sessions of this course entirely to camelid reproduction. You will learn about male and female reproductive anatomy and physiology and how to get the best success when breeding your animals. Then we will discuss common reproductive problems so that you have a better idea what to do when things aren’t going according to plan. The types of reproductive emergencies experienced by camelids will also be covered in order to help you better prepare for these potential issues. 

During the second half of the course, we will then turn our attention to preparations for the birthing season, and the neonatal cria. We will consider the newborn cria in terms of what’s normal, what isn’t, and what to do in the case of problems. Then we will discuss the birthing process and provide practical tips on what you may need to do in an emergency.

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 2nd March Female Anatomy and Reproductive Physiology
Session 29th 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 316th MarchBest breeding practices – Reproductive problems, and solutions
Session 423rd MarchReproductive Emergencies:
C-sections, uterine torsion, post-partum vaginal bleeding, uterine prolapse…
Session 530th MarchPreparation for Birthing
Session 613th AprilNeonatology – 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 720th AprilCrooked legs and Rickets
Session 827th 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.  

Each session will start at 8pm UK time and last 1-1.5 hours including time for questions. [Please note that, due to differences in daylight saving times in the US and UK, sessions 3 and 4 will be at 2pm EST while all other sessions will take place at 3pm.]

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 5th May for £50 +VAT per person for delegates who complete this course and are able to travel to Camelid Veterinary Services Ltd. There will be several COVID-safe 2-hour sessions time-tabled during the day in order to limit numbers on-site at any one time.

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 be shown 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 can be purchased at a cost of £25 +VAT 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. There will be a small supplement for shipping depending on location!

Related Training

If you are interested in a course on Camelid Health Management, please check out our new online course available here.

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