Birthing & Neonatal Study - WE NEED YOU!

4 May 2017

Claire Whitehead (Camelid Veterinary Services) is looking for alpaca breeders to take part in a study that we will be conducting over this coming breeding season. Little is known about the incidence of birthing difficulties (“dystocia”) in alpacas, specific information about the type of problems experienced during birthing and the periparturient period, or the outcome of the problems experienced.


Reproductive success and cria survival is crucial to the alpaca industry. This study aims to evaluate the incidence of periparturient events and neonatal illness and mortality in order to highlight where potential improvements can be made in both management and veterinary care of the species.


Please get in touch with us to take part in this important study if we haven’t already recruited you! We would like to collect information about all alpaca births during this upcoming breeding season, from owners all over the UK and with all levels of experience. It doesn’t matter how many or how few alpacas you have, we just a need willingness to help gather data! 


More info at   Contact: or call on 01491 680313.



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