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Chipping Norton Veterinary Hospital has been treating camelids for many years and we provide veterinary services to many camelid enterprises in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

As well as treating sick and injured animals, many of the health problems experienced by camelids are common, preventable disorders and we offer general advice on husbandry, nutrition and routine preventative measures such as vitamin supplementation, vaccinations, worming and mange (mite) control.

Useful links

Alpacaseller UK: http://www.alpacaseller.com

Local Organisations and Resources

The local alpaca enthusiasts' group is Heart of England Alpaca Group: www.heartofenglandalpacagroup.co.uk

Homestead Farm Supplies, www.homesteadfarmsupplies.co.uk

Located a few miles East of Banbury, Homestead Farm Supplies provide equipment and supplies to alpaca keeepers. Associated with Apollo Alpacas: www.apolloalpacas.co.uk.

British National Societies

British Alpaca Society (BAS): www.bas-uk.com

The BAS provides information, support and events for alpaca owners, breeders and those interested in alpacas, as well as maintaining the Pedigree Register for the national herd.

British Llama Society (BLS): www.britishllamasociety.org

The BLS promotes all aspects of llama and guanaco ownership, and publishes the quarterly magazine Llama Llink. It also operates a registration system for llamas, guanacos, vicunas and camels.

British Camelids Association: www.llama.co.uk

The charitable arm of the BAS and BLS, concentrating on welfare, health, research, educational and charitable objectives to do with camelids.

Camelid TB Support and Research Group: www.alpacatb.com

Regrettably bovine TB is becoming common in alpacas, including in herds in our local area, and it appears that it is here to stay for the foreseeable future. No doubt it is more common than reported. This website educates camelid owners about bovine TB and, most importantly, provides help, information and advice to those who suffer a bovine TB breakdown in their herd.

British Veterinary Camelid Society (BVCS): www.camelidvets.org

The British Veterinary Camelid Society is an informal group of vets, researchers and other professionals with a particular interest in camelids and camels.

International Societies

International Camelid Institute (ICI): www.icinfo.org

ICI promotes education, service and collaboration among researchers, breeders, owners, fibre and textile industry professionals and animal enthusiasts worldwide. As an information repository, veterinarians, owners, academicians, regulatory agencies and others can access and obtain essential information for everyday situations from research.

International Society of Camelid Research and Development: http://www.isocard.net/en/home

The international Society of Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) is a non-profit scientific society to encourage the study of camelid sciences and to promote the scientific publications in camelid fields. ISOCARD members are from all over the world. Membership to ISOCARD is open to those interested in all camelid species

Alpaca Research Foundation: www.alpacaresearchfoundation.org

The Mission of the Alpaca Research Foundation is to encourage and support scientific research which benefits the North American alpaca industry, primarily in the areas of alpaca health, husbandry, genetics and fiber.