Oregon State University has stepped up and volunteered to take in 175 imperiled alpacas that are being removed from a farm near Falls City, OR. OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the few agencies that has the space, ability and expertise to manage and care for a herd of this size.
Many of the alpacas are coming in suffering from malnutrition, heavy parasite loads and pregnancy along with other health conditions, said Chris Cebra, a professor of large animal internal medicine and an expert in the treatment of camelids such as llamas and alpacas.
It is not all bad news for the alpacas here, they are being fed, monitored and treated. Ultimately all of the animals will be made available for adoption. It also provides veterinary students with hands on training in which they will be helping doctors monitor, operate and rehabilitate more quickly and effectively due to unusually large influx of animals at one time.