College of Veterinary Medicine
|Research Committee Members
|Dr. Pat Long
Dr. Scot Lubbers
Dr. Rachel Oxley
Mary Jo Walker
Education and research is why we exist. ~ Glen Pfefferkorn, NWCF President
All proceeds from the annual Fundraiser Events go to medical research and to maintenance of the OSU research herd. In addition to these funds, this Research Committee is responsible for administering donations from other organizations and businesses.
The NWCF Research Committee is made up of camelid breeders in our region and three local veterinarians with extensive llama and alpaca experience: Dr. Pat Long, Dr. Scot Lubbers, and Dr. Rachel Oxley.
- Dr. Long is a member of the Alpaca Research Foundation and sits on the Board of the Morris Animal Foundation.
- Dr. Lubbers serves as a member of the Lama Medical Research Group. This broad input has allowed for invaluable coordination amongst these groups and the NWCF is recognized for co-sponsoring projects through Morris Animal Foundation.
- Dr. Oxley works extensively with alpacas and llamas in her central Oregon practice.
With all costs going up, the financial requirement to support the proposals submitted each year exceed the funds available. Thus, the Research Committee must select which projects to fund.
A review of this NWCF Research Investment History (PDF file) will reveal the many aspects of health care that these studies have touched upon and why continued support is so important!
Email Confirms Study Provides Valuable Information!
Hi, Glen, just wanted to share with you that I was contacted by the University of Georgia in regards to a 2-week-old cria with a very low white count that was not improving. They tried Neupogen at the dose rate we used in the NWCF study and saw a fourfold increase in white count in 48 hours and were very happy. So it looks like it will also be useful on sick camelids, not just the healthy ones!
Erica McKenzie BSc, BVMS, PhD
Assistant Professor Large Animal Medicine
Oregon State University