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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Students Get Rare Opportunity to Study Camelids

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SVM students recently got a rare opportunity to work with a large group of camelids.

--Clinicians and Students Treat Large Group of Llamas and Alpacas--

November 1, 2013 - Recently, the Large Animal Clinic at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital provided basic health care to 18 male camelids (16 llamas and 2 alpacas) rescued from Nevada. Working in conjunction with the Southwest Llama Rescue, Southeast Llama Rescue and LANA Lifeline, more than 30 veterinary students (including members of the Camelid Medicine Club) and seven VMTH clinicians examined the animals. The check-ups included vaccinations, dewormings, castrations, fiber shearings and toenail trimmings. Castrations were necessary on nine of the camelids in preparation for rehoming; the remaining nine were either already castrated or too young for castration.

This partnership between the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the rescue groups allowed the students to gain valuable experience in handling and treating llamas and alpacas, while simultaneously providing needed preventative health care to improve the adoptability and rehoming of these rescued animals. With the majority of large animal cases studied by students being horses and cows, the opportunity to work with a large group of camelids is an important experience for the soon-to-be veterinarians.


About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 45,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer