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Neonatal clinic with Dr. Cheryl Dewitt - April 2012

  • Presentation display

  • Cheryl chats with participants before lecture begins

  • Philippe and Nicola show some participants Estrada

  • Nicola displays Estrada's dense and very fine fleece

  • Philippe displays Estrada's fleece

  • Everyone enjoys some breakfast before the lecture begins

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  • 2012

  • Cheryl explains why its important to memorize what the cria's body structure feels like

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  • Explaining how to best "tube" a cria should the cria refuse a bottle and/or not have a suckle reflex.

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  • 2012

  • Explains why knowing how to "tube" a cria can be very vital

  • Cria #1

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  • Demonstrates how alpacas can be very flexible

  • Demonstrates how you can get a grip on the cria by holding onto the mouth

  • Participants learn the body structure of the cria

  • Participants learn the body structure of the cria

  • Participants learn the body structure of the cria

  • Participant learns the body structure of the cria

  • Participants learn the body structure of the cria

  • Rosemarie learns the structure of the cria

  • Cheryl demonstrates how to free a cria from positions 1,2,3 and 4

  • Cheryl demonstrates how to free a cria from positions 1,2,3 and 4

  • Participants begin!

  • Participant freeing cria from position 1

  • Participant freeing cria from position 1

  • Participant freeing cria from position 1

  • Participant freeing cria from position 1

  • Participant freeing cria from position 1

  • Participant freeing cria from position 1

  • Participant successfully freeing cria from position 1

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  • Participant freeing cria from position 2

  • Participant freeing cria from position 2

  • Participant freeing cria from position 2

  • Participant successfully freeing cria from position 2

  • Participant freeing cria from position 2

  • Participant freeing cria from position 3

  • Participant freeing cria from position 3

  • Participant freeing cria from position 3

  • Participant freeing cria from position 3

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  • Ashleigh identifying the problem

  • Ashleigh freeing cria from position 3

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Island Alpaca is proud to host a birthing and neonatal clinic with Dr. Cheryl DeWitt, DVM from Ohio. This clinic is a must-have for all future breeders, experienced breeders and veterinarians. Other livestock breeders will certainly benefit from this seminar.  

Our alpaca Neonatal Clinic is comprised of a morning of lecture with power-point presentations, and  an afternoon of hands-on “wet lab” for each registrant. The morning lecture covers 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.

If you are interested in attending a future Birthing/Neonatal Clinic, please let us know, and we can contact you when the next clinic is scheduled! It is tentatively scheduled for April 2013. Reserve your space early, as 2012 was a full class!

Course-book, breakfast and lunch provided. Class size limited to optimize learning. 9:30 am-6:00 pm. $200, and $150 for additional participants from the same farm. (Repeat a class, for just $100) The price of the workshop is refundable should the attendee purchase alpacas or breedings to any of Island Alpaca fully-owned herd sires.

Register here.


Phone: 508-693-5554
Location: 1 Head of the Pond Road, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard
Mailing address: PO Box 1515, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568

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