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The North American Camelid Studies Program - Session 1
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The North American Camelid Studies Program is offering two sessions of the six day Camelid Practice Course again this year. The sessions start June 1 and June 15 and are held in Amherst and Belchertown MA in the classroom and on a teaching/research farm. There is an option to work for a second week on local alpaca farms at no cost except your food and transportation.

6/1/2015
When: 6/1/2015
Where: Amherst, Massachusetts 
United States
Contact: Stephen R. Purdy, DVM
413-658-7718

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The course description is as follows.

* A combination of interactive lectures and hands on work with alpacas using the North American Camelid Studies Program's teaching and research herd in Belchertown, MA.

* Visits to work on three local farms are included

* Topics:

o Camelids 101 (historical perspective, behavior and handling, housing, common procedures)
o Male and Female Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
o Reproductive System Ultrasound of Males and Females and Pregnancy Diagnosis
o Male and Female Infertility
o Semen Collection and Evaluation
o Herd Health Management (vaccines, disease prevention)
o Practical Nutrition
o Dermatology
o Dentistry
o Castration of the Alpaca
o Considerations for Pregnancy
o Birthing and Neonatology
o Antibody Transfer in Neonates
o Lactation and Cria Growth
o Gastrointestinal Parasite Control
o Meningeal Worm Disease Prevention
o Animal Agriculture in the Southern Peruvian Highlands. 

* This course is extremely practical and hands on oriented and reflects Dr. Purdy's 22 years working with camelids in private practice, research, and internationally.

* Course notes are provided to all participants.

* Tuition and local travel $1000.00. Lodging and food extra. Most students share accommodations in the Amherst, MA area. A $500 deposit is required one month prior to the start of the session and the balance is due on arrival.
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If you would like additional information or to reserve a place in the course please contact Dr. Stephen Purdy.

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