North American Camelid Studies Program

Courses for 2016-7

Undergraduate Animal Science & Pre-Vet Students


Camelid Management

An introduction to alpacas and llamas in the US and internationally. The course consists of interactive lectures and hands on laboratory sessions. No prior experience with camelids is necessary. Topics covered include camelid historical perspective, international agriculture, housing, behavior, handling, herd health, basic reproduction, practical nutrition, vaccinations, gastrointestinal parasite control, and common infectious diseases.Familiarity with camelids and donkeys is also provided through hands on animal care of the teaching herd including feeding, cleaning and watering of the animals during the semester. Problem solving and critical thinking are emphasized. A written paper is required of all students. Extensive class participation is expected from all students.

 

Alpaca and Donkey Reproduction

An interactive course designed to introduce the student to all aspects of reproduction in alpacas and donkeys. The course consists of interactive lectures and hands on laboratory sessions working with both alpacas and donkeys for 2 two hour sessions per week. Familiarity with camelids and donkeys is also provided through hands on animal care of the teaching herd including feeding, cleaning and watering of the animals during the semester. The donkey is an excellent model for teaching the essentials of equine reproduction for horses also. Topics covered include reproductive behavior, male and female anatomy and reproductive physiology, ultrasound examination of the male and female reproductive tract, semen collection and evaluation, and infertility evaluation. A review of the latest reproduction research findings for both alpacas and donkeys is included. The international importance of both species will be examined. Techniques learned in this course are transferable to other farm animal species. Problem solving and critical thinking are emphasized. A written paper is required of all students. Extensive class participation is expected from all students.

Our Teaching Programs


A Nuñoa Project teaching program for owners, veterinarians, veterinary students, and undergraduate students.

Offered at the teaching farm location in Amherst Massachusetts.

Program Director: Stephen R. Purdy, DVM, President, Nuñoa Project Peru.

 

Registration & Information

For more information on any of our classes or to register for a class or seminar contact Dr. Purdy at
srpurdy@nunoaproject.org

 

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Intensive Six Day Veterinary Camelid Practice Course


For Veterinarians, Veterinary Students and Owners

• Scheduled in the first and third weeks of June annually.

• A combination of interactive lectures and hands on work with alpacas using the program's teaching and research herd

• Visits to work on three local farms are included

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

• This course is extremely practical and hands on oriented

• Course notes are provided to all participants..

 

One or Two Day Owner Veterinary Seminars

• can be scheduled at farms throughout North America

• can also be scheduled at the program's teaching farm in Amherst Massachusetts

• extensive hands on sessions are possible on farms and always available at the NACSP teaching farm

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

• Course notes are provided to all participants.