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
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 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.
If you would like additional information or to reserve a place in the course please contact Dr. Stephen Purdy.