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January 25, 2020
Cecil Field Course, LLC
13715 Lake Newman St.
The Florida Alpaca Breeders Association
NEONATAL SEMINAR WITH CHERYL DEWITT, DVM
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.
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!
What is Dystocia? The spring birthing season is a joyous occasion for all breeders. Is your first cria (baby alpaca) soon to be born on your farm? Are you ready and able to assist the dam in the event she has any difficulty? Be prepared!! We all look forward to this season with great anticipation. There is nothing like watching these wonderful little alpacas come into this world. They are sitting, standing and nursing within 4 hours of birth. This is the scenario we want to see with the birth of all our new crias.
Do you know how to recognize if the dam is in distress and experiencing dystocia? Do you know how to reverse a uterine torsion? What causes uterine torsion? These questions and more will be answered during this clinic.
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 ‘something may be wrong’ - 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 - Lactation - 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.
We hope that you can attend!