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Camelid Practice Course for Vets, Students, and Farm Managers
June 1st - 6th, 2015 
Steve Purdy, DVM and Nunoa Project's North American Camelid Studies Program is offering two sessions of the 6 day Camelid Practice Course again this year.  The course is applicable to veterinarians, veterinary students, and alpaca farm managers. The sessions start June 1 and June 15 and are held in Amherst and Belchertown MA in our classroom and on our teaching/research farm.  There is an option for students to work for a second week on local alpaca farms at no cost except your food and transportation.   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 my 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. I require a $500 deposit by 1 month prior to the start of the session and the balance on arrival.    If you would like any more information or to reserve a place in the course please let me know.   Thank you, Steve Purdy srpurdy@nunoaproject.org  413-658-7718

Steve Purdy, DVM
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