North American Camelid Studies Program
Courses for 2020
Undergraduate Animal Science & Pre-Vet Students
An introduction to alpacas and llamas in the US and internationally. The course consists of interactive 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 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. An oral presentation is required of all students. Extensive class participation is expected from all students.
An interactive course designed to introduce the student to all aspects of reproduction in alpacas and llamas. The course consists of interactive hands on laboratory sessions working with both alpacas and llamas for 2 two hour sessions per week. Familiarity with camelids is also provided through hands on animal care of the teaching herd including feeding, cleaning and watering of the animals during the semester. The alpaca is an excellent model for teaching the essentials of farm animal reproduction. 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 is included. The international importance of alpacas and llamas will be examined. Techniques learned in this course are transferable to other farm animal species. Problem solving and critical thinking are emphasized. An oral presentation 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
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View some of our educational presentations here:
Camelid/Donkey Anatomy Slideshow
Owner & Veterinary Seminars
For Veterinarians, Veterinary Students and Owners
• scheduled on the farm or by internet
• also scheduled at the program's teaching farm in Belchertown Massachusetts
• 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
Ongoing Practical, Humane Camelid Research
• Reproduction behavior
• Semen collection and evaluation
• Ultrasound of early pregnancy
• Early embryonic death and twin conceptions
• Embryo studies
• Functional anatomy of the male and female alpaca
• Semen deposition in the reproductive tract
• Reproductive immunology associated with breeding alpacas