International Camelid Health Conference


Dates: July 11-14, 2013
Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine - Magruder Hall

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The International Camelid Health Conference (ICHC) is the premier gathering of veterinarians interested in camelid health care.  The emphasis is on alpacas and llamas, but topics pertaining to Old World camelids and the wild species of New World camelids may be handled as well.  The conference is a combination of state-of-the-art research abstracts, reports, and comprehensive reviews.  This conference is suitable for veterinarians with all levels of experiences with camelids.

Topics to be covered include:

    • Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Reproduction
    • Nutrition
    • Diagnostic Evaluation
    • Emerging Diseases
    • Management

Registration Fees:

Early Registration ($550) is available until Friday, June 14, 2013. Regular registration rates will increase by $75.00 ($625) beginning on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Online registration will close at midnight on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

On-site check in and breakfast will be held in the lobby of Macgruder Hall and will begin at 7:30am on Thursday, July 11 and continue throughout the conference.

Registration Includes:

  • Continental breakfast each day
  • Lunch each day, except the last day of the conference
  • Mid-morning and afternoon refreshments each day
  • All related conference materials

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Workshop Agenda:

Click here to view the tentative agenda.

Speaker Bios:

Murray Fowler obtained a degree in Animal Husbandry at Utah State University prior to his professional DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1955.  He spent three years in a private practice in Southern California (dealing with horses, camelids and other nondomestic animals) prior to joining the faculty of the Veterinary School at the University of California, Davis in 1958.  After 10 years of teaching in the area of large animal surgery and medicine, he was asked to develop a program in Zoological Medicine (zoo and free-ranging wild animals), the first of its kind anywhere in the world. When llamas and alpacas became popular in the private sector he was in a position to help with their medical problems. He has been privileged to accompany several llama pack treks as a naturalist in the United States and Peru. He has sponsored and/or participated in numerous workshops on camelids. He also traveled to New Zealand, Peru, Bolivia and Chile to evaluate animals to be shipped to the USA.

He is the editor, author or co-author of 25 books, seven of which deal with camelids.  He has published 254 professional papers, over 100 of which deal with camels, llamas and alpacas. The third edition of his book on the Medicine and Surgery of Camelids is now in print.

After 34 years of service to the University of California he retired, and is now Professor Emeritus of Zoological Medicine.  He remains active in consultations with colleagues and continues to participate in camelid conferences and workshops worldwide.

Eric Hoffman is the primary author of The Complete Alpaca Book and co-author with Sherry Edensmith and Pat Long, DVM of, The Alpaca Evaluation: A Guide for Owners and Breeders, a DVD, CD and handbook set.  He also wrote the original alpaca registry (ARI) requiring scientific verification of lineage.

DVM from Colorado State University in 1985, small animal practitioner in Albuquerque til doing a clinical pathology residency and PhD at Washington State University. Came to OSU in 1996 and have been head of the clinical pathology lab, teaching clinical pathology, and doing camelid studies that mostly relate to camelid hematology and metabolism since then.

Dr. Julie Dechant, DVM, MS, DACVS, DACVECC graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1996.  After completing a private practice internship in her home province of Alberta, she moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to complete a combined Masters and Clinical Residency in Large Animal Surgery at Colorado State University from 1997 to 2000.  After her residency, Dr. Dechant joined the Large Animal Surgery faculty at the University of Saskatchewan for a 1-year position as a Clinical Associate.  From 2001 to 2004, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University where she was an emergency clinician.  In 2004, Dr. Dechant was offered an emergency surgery position at University of California, Davis—initially in a Lecturer position and now in a Clinical Faculty position.  She is a board-certified specialist in Large Animal Surgery, and she recently became board certified in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Dr. Dechant is the faculty advisor to the UC-Davis Camelid Medicine Club and supervises the care and use of the Camelid Teaching Herd.  Her research interests include emergency and critical care and camelid immunology and pharmacology.

Graduated from UCD 1987, Intern UGA 1987-88; Residency in IM UCD 1988-90, Diplomate ACVIM 1997.  Assistant Professor Food Animal UMC 1998-2003; Associate Professor OSU (northeast) Food Animal 2003-present.  Has published on camelid pharmacology, internal medicine and presented at several local, national meetings.  Current appointment in Hospital for Farm Animals.  Director of ICI since Dave left (2006), co-chair of ICHC for DVM (OHIO) 2008-present (even years). 

Robert Van Saun has earned DVM, MS, and PhD (ruminant nutrition) degrees and is a board certified diplomat in the American College of Theriogenologists (reproduction) and American College of Veterinary Nutrition.  He joined the Penn State faculty as an extension veterinarian and is currently a Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. His professional activities include teaching, research and providing extension programs across species on various nutrition, animal health and reproductive topics regionally, nationally and internationally. Research interests include the role of nutrition in animal health and performance, especially pregnancy nutrition, and improving diagnostic tests to evaluate nutritional status. Completed research projects in llamas and alpacas dealt with vitamin D, hepatic lipidosis, and trace mineral nutrition. He has recently published articles describing llama and alpaca nutritional requirements that are incorporated into the new NRC small ruminant nutrient requirements publication.

Dr. Tibary graduated in 1980 with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire in Morocco.  He earned his MS (1984) and PhD (1989) in Theriogenology from the University of Minnesota and was certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists in 1991.

Dr. Tibary started his career in Morocco and maintains an ongoing affiliation with the university there, teaching and doing research on equine and ruminant Theriogenology. Dr. Tibary worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Equine Theriogenology at the University of Minnesota from 1990-1992. He then accepted a position as the Scientific Director of the Veterinary Research Center in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates where he helped develop a referral center for infertility and artificial breeding in Arabian horses and camels. In 1998, he joined the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State where he is now a professor and head of the Comparative Theriogenology service providing clinical service and conducting research in equine, ruminants and camelids reproduction.

Dr. Tibary devoted most of his career to teaching Theriogenology and conducting applied research on equine, ruminants and camelid reproduction. He served as the resident veterinarian and veterinary consultant to the Royal stables and the National Stud Farms in Morocco and the Amiri stable in Abu Dhabi (UAE). He received several awards recognizing his excellence in teaching and clinical practice including the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award (2001 and 2005), the faculty member award by the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (2003) the North African Veterinary Achievement award for contributions to equine practice (2006) and the Veterinary Achievement Award by the Alpaca Research Foundation (2007). He was named 2011 Theriogenologist of the Year by the American College of Theriogenologists. Dr Tibary provided large animal reproductive medicine continuing education programs for veterinarians around the world.  He is the author of over 150 scientific and lay articles. Dr Tibary is the author of 4 books and several book chapters on camelid, equine and ruminant reproduction. He is and active member of the Society for Theriogenology, AAEP, AASRP and AABP.

Directions and Parking:

Workshop Location:       Magruder Hall, Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Street Address:              700 SW 30th Street., Corvallis, OR (map)


From I-5, take Exit 228 (the Oregon Hwy. 34/Corvallis-Lebanon Hwy. exit). Turn west toward Corvallis. Go 9.5 miles and turn left at the Hwy. 34 bypass, toward Philomath/Ocean Beaches. Turn right onto SW 15th Street and turn left onto SW Western Blvd. Turn right at SW 30th Street.

Magruder is located on the west side of SW 30th St., between Western Blvd. and Washington Way (Reser Stadium is across from Magruder Hall).

From eastbound on Hwy. 20/34 (Philomath Blvd.), turn left on 35th St., right on Western Blvd., left on 30th St.

If you use electronic mapping guides such as Google, MapQuest or a GPS unit, input "SW 30th Street and SW Western Blvd., Corvallis, Oregon."

Parking on Campus
The campus parking lots are pay lots from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Parking permits can be purchased:

Online with a credit card at

  1. From any automated kiosk on campus (cash or credit card accepted)
  2. From the Parking Services office in Adams Hall, located at 15th & Washington. 

The cost is $1/hour for up to four hours or $7 for a full-day permit (five hours or more).

OSU Parking App Available: OSU now has a parking app that will allow students, faculty, staff, and visitors to find parking information and location for all lots on OSU’s campus. The app also allows you to find location and real-time availability for ADA parking spaces in the core of campus. For more information and for a download of the app please visit: