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Alpaca BIrthing-Neonatal Clinic
May 13, 2017
Island Alpaca Co.
1 Head of the Pond Road
Island Alpaca Co.
Island Alpaca Farm will host their full day seminar with Dr. Cheryl DeWitt. Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm for a most invaluable hands-on experience for all breeders or soon to be breeders.
Class Summary: This clinic will be comprised of a morning lecture with a power-point presentation, to cover female reproduction/breeding; reproductive anatomy and physiology, breeding and pregnancy diagnosis options, gestational development, care of the pregnant dam, normal and abnormal criation and care of the newborn as well as the high-risk cria.
The afternoon will include a "hands-in" "wet-lab" using uterine simulators, will challenge registrants to diagnose the contents of the uterus, discuss a proposed delivery plan, identify and correct dystocias to deliver the cria safely. Emergency training, and a lot of fun!
Summary of Topics include:
- Reproductive cycle in the Female
- Behavior Testing: When is the optimum time to breed?
- How a Dam prepares for birth
- Nutrition/Feeding during pregnancy
- When to Vaccinate, worm the dam
- Preparing for delivery
- Three Stages of labor
- Supplies to have on hand
- Reproductive Emergencies, and Signs that â€˜something may be wrongâ€™
- What you can do during a malpositioned birth
- Post partum care
- Care of the newborn cria
- Premature Crias
- Vaccinations for Crias
- The importance of Colostrum
- Infertility Issues: Indications of problems in new crias such as choanal atresia (closed nasal passages), heart or lung problems, hypothermia, diarrhea, dehydration, limb deformities, hernia and more...
Increase your confidence in learning to deal with emergency situations that may arise. The facts and simple techniques you learn at this clinic may help you save that valuable cria. Take the time now to learn before it's too late. Will you be ready???
If you have taken this class before, do consider again, as a refresher, and Dr. Dewitt will be presenting new material this year on cria-care.
Biography: Dr. Cheryl DeWitt, DVM is an associate veterinarian at Camelid Veterinary Services. She attended North Carolina State University for graduate studies, then relocated to Ohio to work in camelid medicine. She has also been an active participant in Dr. Stephen Purdy's Nunoa Project in Peru, a program to establish self sustaining programs in the areas of: support for underprivileged children and herding families, veterinary assistance for livestock, and tourism for the Nunoa area.
Light breakfast, and full lunch included. One course book provided for each farm. (additional course books available for $20). Registration is $195 per person, $175, second participant from the same farm. $100 for repeat guests. Call to reserve your space, or register online! ( Link below )
10% Hotel discount at The Mansion House-just a two-minute walk from the ferry! We are easily accessible from the Steamship Authority. Car is not necessary. Island Alpaca Farm is just 2-1/2 miles from the ferry. Island Alpaca will shuttle you from the 8:15 am ferry by request, and bus service available by Vineyard Transit from the ferry, bus #1, or by taxi.
Refer a friend or another farm: Receive a $25 gift-code to our online Gift-Shop whether you are participating or not!