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Neonatal Clinic with Dr. Cheryl Dewitt - April 2013

  • Cheryl demonstrates how to put a tube down the cria's throat

  • Participants practice putting the tube down the cria's throat now

  • Cheryl demonstrates how to free a cria from an elbow lock

  • Cheryl explains how the uterus can twist when a pregnant female rolls around

  • Participants begin to try and free the cria from an elbow lock

  • Cheryl explains how memorizing a cria's body parts are very important

  • Cheryl explains how holding the mouth can help you guide the head out

  • Participants begin to feel the cria

  • Cassiel being sheared

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 2014. Reserve your space early, as 2013 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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