Welcome to our new website!

We have been working hard over the past few months to develop our new website. We appreciate we are probably far more excited about it than you are! However, we thought it would be useful to point out a few changes we’ve made to help make using our services a little easier. Resources We have created a library of FREE downloadable resources to help you manage the health and welfare of your animals. At present you can find guidance relating to Body Condition Scoring, Vitamin D Supplementation and Assessing Anaemia, as well as a timely Feeding Guide for Crias! This…

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Camelid Blood Collection webinar available now!

I have been working with Pet Blood Bank UK to develop and launch a UK wide processing service for camelids. I am delighted to tell you we have now also created a Camelid Plasma webinar which will provide you with practical guidance and support to help ensure plasma can be collected and transfused safely and effectively. The webinar is split into two distinct sections; Part 1 – guides you on how to safely collect whole blood in a closed manner from camelids which can then be processed into plasma using the Pet Blood Bank processing service,Part 2- provides advice on…

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Birthing & Neonatal Study – WE NEED YOU!

We are looking for alpaca breeders to take part in a study that we will be conducting over this coming breeding season. Little is known about the incidence of birthing difficulties (“dystocia”) in alpacas, specific information about the type of problems experienced during birthing and the periparturient period, or the outcome of the problems experienced. Reproductive success and cria survival is crucial to the alpaca industry. This study aims to evaluate the incidence of periparturient events and neonatal illness and mortality in order to highlight where potential improvements can be made in both management and veterinary care of the species….

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Camelid TB Testing Update May 2016

I have been in discussions with folks at DEFRA/APHA with regard to TB testing in camelids. Here are a few points to note in case you find yourself with a suspect TB animal on your farm. What is a suspect TB animal? Any animal that has a positive skin test or blood test result from voluntary screening (eg pre-movement test or surveillance testing):An animal that is submitted for routine PM and suspicious lesions are found at post-mortem. It seems that a proper post-mortem report will NOT be routinely produced if the animal is culled under suspicion of TB, while it might be produced if…

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Clinic Grand Opening Report 23rd April 2016

Camelid Veterinary Services (CVS) officially opened its doors on 23rd April this year. The clinic is the brain-child of Specialist Camelid Veterinarian Claire E Whitehead, and is the only facility in Europe, and outside South America, focusing solely on South American Camelids, mainly alpacas. Local MP for Henley John Howell planted a tree to mark the occasion and gave warm support to a new rural business that could provide jobs in rural South Oxfordshire. More than 70 guests attended the Grand Opening, mostly alpaca breeders from around the UK, and were given tours of the new facility which includes a…

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Clinic Grand Opening – 23rd April 2016

You are warmly invited to attend the Grand Opening of our brand new Camelid-Specific veterinary facilities at The Old Barracks, Goring Heath, Reading, RG8 7RU. 10am to 12.30pm: Tours of the Facilities & Activities Tours of the facilitiesFree faecal egg counts (including demonstrations)Endoscopy demonstrationVenipuncture model demonstrationChildren’s colouring competitionTrade Stands: GWF Nutrition, Fresh Group (paddock cleaners), CVSTea, Coffee and Networking!   12.30pm: Official Opening Address & Ceremony Official Opening by John Howell MP (Henley). 1pm: Lunch 2pm to 5pm: Seminars by Dr David E Anderson 1st Aid and Emergency MedicineHerd Health, Parasite Control & MonitoringAntibiotic Selection  Space on seminars is limited to 45…

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The London Vet Show

Claire will be appearing at this year’s London Vet Show in Olympia (19th/20th November). She will be presenting a talk entitled: “Camelids – not just sheep with long necks!”

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Parasite Alert!

We have recently been seeing quite a few farms affected by gastrointestinal parasitism. The problem is mostly due to Haemonchus, the so-called Barber’s Pole worm, and it causes weight loss and anaemia. Check your alpacas now for anaemia, and submit faecal samples for analysis!

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