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Julie Dechant, Large Animal Clinic, Receives Llama Group Recognition Award

September 30, 2011

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Dr. Julie Dechant with baby llamas, which are called crias.

September 30, 2011

In July, the California-International Llama Association, or CAL-ILA, awarded Julie Dechant, a faculty member practicing in the Large Animal Clinic, the Dr. Murray Fowler Achievement Award. The following material was developed by the association.

Dr Murray Fowler* was honored to present the Dr. Murray Fowler Achievement Award to Dr Julie Dechant of the UC Davis [Veterinary Medical] Teaching Hospital.The Award was instituted in 1995 to recognize significant contributions to CAL-ILA and the camelid community. Dr. Fowler was the first recipient of the award and it was named in his honor.

The award committee is comprised of former award recipients and Dr Fowler is a very active and involved member of the committee.  This year's recipient, Dr Dechant, has been very instrumental in breathing life back into the camelid program at UCD. She has developed innovative programs that have involved veterinary residents and students, as well as members of the camelid community, that saw an amazing 70 students take part in the treatment of over 30 llamas rescued from the Montana Large Animal Sanctuary.  (She even adopted three of the "special needs llamas" from the rescue!) 

Dr Dechant has supported the camelid community through many actions, not the least of which is her involvement by speaking at gatherings of llama and alpaca owners throughout the year at events such as the Camelid Symposium, the SAVMA Symposium and the CAL-ILA Annual Meeting.

Dr Dechant has also nurtured on going research projects that have furthered the understanding of camelid physiology, surgery and medicine.  That is something that truly benefits us all!

Please join the CAL-ILA Board of Directors and past award recipients in thanking Dr Dechant for her many contributions to the camelid community.

*Murray Fowler, DVM, a retired faculty member of the School of Veterinary Medicine, pioneered the specialty of exotic and zoo animal medicine. He has inspired countless zoo and wildlife veterinarians and written several books on the care of exotic animals, including lllamas, camels and alpacas. The Sacramento Zoo's onsite animal hospital is named in his honor.