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LAMS214-0712: Introduction to Camelid and Small Ruminant Reproduction

INSTRUCTOR(S): Ned Gentz, MS, DVM, DACZM and Ellen Wiedner, VMD, DACVIM (LAIM)
COURSE OPEN: July 29-August 22, 2012
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Sundays, August 5 and 12, 8:00-10:00 pm ET (USA)
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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

Level and Prerequisites: This introductory level course is designed for veterinarians interested in adding a Small Ruminant/Camelid reproductive medicine component in their practice.
VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians only. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for veterinarians.

Course Description:
Babies? Infertility? Best time to castrate? Reproductive ultrasound? Assisted reproduction? If your clients are asking these questions about their sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas, and you're struggling with the answers, you'll want to take this course. One week will be devoted to reproductive medicine of small ruminants, the other to camelids. By the end of it, you should have a foundation in the reproductive issues of these always popular animals.

This course consists of two (2) 2-hour Real Time Sessions, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbook(s):

About the Instructors:
Ned Gentz, DVM, MS, ACZM received his veterinary degree from Colorado State University and completed an internship in zoo, wildlife, and exotic animal medicine at Kansas State University. Dr. Gentz serves as a Consultant in the Avian, Small/Exotic Mammals, Reptile/Amphibian and Ruminants folders on VIN. He was formerly Staff Veterinarian at Rio Grande Zoo in Albuquerque, Director of Veterinary Services at the Wildlife Center of Virginia, and Clinical Instructor of Exotic Animal Medicine and Wildlife Health at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

VIN Consultant, Ellen Wiedner, VMD, DACVIM (LAIM), received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed an internship in ambulatory and production medicine at Cornell University and a large animal internal medicine residency at Purdue University. Dr. Wiedner is currently clinical faculty at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session August 5): Llamas and Alpacas
Instructor(s): Ned Gentz, MS, DVM, DACZM
Content: This session will discuss reproductive physiology, breeding management, gestation and parturition of llamas and alpacas.

Week 2 (Real Time Session August 12): Sheep and Goats
Instructor(s): Ellen Wiedner, VMD, DACVIM (LAIM)
Content: This session will discuss reproductive physiology, breeding management, gestation and parturition of sheep and goats.


Tuition: Member $80 ($72 early bird special if enrolled by July 15).
Non-Member $150 ($135 early bird special if enrolled by July 15).

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.


  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is submitted for approval for 4 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

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Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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