Confidence with Camelids

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About the course

This course provides an introduction to the veterinary management of camelids. The objective of this course is to arm the vet in practice with sufficient confidence with which to approach most of the common scenarios seen in practice. Attendees that also elect to do the practical training will learn useful tips for handling and assessing alpacas, and get to practice their clinical and diagnostic skills.

The course will cover:

  • Key anatomical and physiological differences of camelids as compared to other domestic large animal species
  • Routine on farm procedures such as restraint, venipuncture including catheter placement, castration, and nasolacrimal duct flushes.
  • How to approach the sick Camelid, including diagnostic selection and emergency management
  • Camelid parasite issues, both internal and external
  • Reproductive emergencies
  • Management of newborn crias
  • Dental management.

Day 1 (21st November) will be a full day of classroom-style teaching. Lunch and refreshments included. 

Optional Day 2 (22nd November) will be a half day devoted to practical training in alpaca handling skills, toenail trimming, dental evaluation, body condition scoring, venipuncture (using an alpaca venipuncture model), blood smear preparation, and abdominal ultrasound examination. Lunch will be provided.

Instruction provided by Claire E Whitehead BVM&S MS FHEA MRCVS, Diplomate ACVIM (Large Animal), RCVS Specialist in Camelid Health and Production 

Director, Camelid Veterinary Services Ltd 

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