A large percent of the proceeds from the Neo-Natal Clinic, with Dr. LaRue Johnson, goes to a scholarship fund for students at Colorado State University. We have had this clinic six times and all six times proceeds have gone to this scholarship. The vet students have benefited and so have the llama and alpaca community.
The scholarship is for small ruminants – llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep & deer. For those of you that would like to donate to this fund, it is the American Association of Small Ruminant Scholarship Fund of Colorado State University. The fund was set up by Dr. LaRue Johnson for the vet students that want to specialize in this field.
Putting on a clinic takes an incredible amount of planning and many months of preparation and hard work. It takes many people to keep the event running smoothly. It is a monumental task to accommodate with grace, 92 people, over 2-3 days, hook-ups for coaches and camping, 6 meals, classroom set-ups and wet lab set-ups, collecting deceased crias from heartbroken breeders & gathering donations that are useful in the herd health from the companies that supply the specialty products. Most importantly, we would like to thank the instructors, Drs.LaRue Johnson, Mike Zager & Karen Pihera.
The formal clinic was attended by 57, including camelid owners and breeders, vets and vet techs. Another 35 camelid owners, breeders, enthusiasts and friends also shared all or part of the weekend with us. Among these people were a crew and friends that worked through the night or showed up before dawn to help in the preparations of hardy breakfasts and then throughout each day making sure food, beverages and transportation to various locations were available for the attendees. Rick Steele, David Norman, Dale & Kathy Peterson & Mary & Charles Poillion and our 5 wonderful employees here at PPR were this vital crew.
Thank you to several of the clinic attendees for donating the majority of specimens (deceased crias) used during the hands-on learning sessions. The hands-on gave attendees a practical way to use what they learned in the lecture part of the clinic. It is the cornerstone of the entire clinic.
Photos from the 2009 Neo-Natal Clinic
- Set 1 - Landscape and flowers
- Set 2 - People, critters and landscape
- Set 3 - More People, critters and landscape
- Set 4 - Attendees Hands-on learning
- Set 5 - Scenes from the Neo-Natal Clinic plus Critters and Barn
- Set 6 - Scenes from the Neo-Natal Clinic
- Set 7 - Scenes from the Neo-Natal Clinic plus Critters