My best tips about Alpaca HusbandryFor the next few posts I will be sharing tools that I find most valuable in caring for my alpacas.
As you care for your herd, having a, "Camelid Medication Drug Dose List", is really import. Alpacas, are just rare enough that many Veterinarians have had little to no experience treating them. Having this list handy will prove to be extremely valuable, for you and your Veterinarian. I always recommend that you double check all drug doses that your Veterinarian prescribes, just because alpacas are so rare and drug doses are different in many cases. I actually made a copy of the list and gave to my Vet. He has told me that he uses it and finds it a valuable resource. I believe it is very important to be an active partner with your Vet as you care for your herd.
Camelid Drug Doses Pamela Walker DVM
Dr. Walker is a 1992 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After two years in private practice as a Dairy practitioner, she went to the University of Illinois to complete a Food Animal Medicine and Surgery residency, where she also received her Masters of Science degree. During this time, she finished her boards in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, specializing in Large Animals.
She has taught senior veterinary students at University of Illinois, Washington State University, Michigan State University, and The Ohio State University. She loves to teach and has been invited to speak to owner/breeders and veterinarians about camelids in the US and internationally and is on the board of directors for the International Camelid Institute. She worked for 10 years as a full time veterinarian for a large Ohio Alpaca farm -Alpaca Jack's Suri Farm- where she was responsible for the medical, surgical, reproductive and daily health care of the alpacas. She has expanded her practice to include medical and reproductive care of camelids from across the country. Currently she has her own private practice -Camelid Care Veterinary Services- and is based out of Grove City, Ohio. She can be contacted at 419-306-9522 or for non-emergencies at firstname.lastname@example.org