2023 Camelid Conference

2023 Camelid Conference

NWCF is excited to offer this opportunity to share the ongoing medical research efforts with owners from around the PNW!


2023 Camelid Conference

Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine | Magruder Hall

700 SW 30th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331

Saturday, May 13, 9 am – 4 pm *

* Check-in begins at 8:30 am and an optional tour of the Veterinary Hospital will begin at 4 pm.

Registration Fee: $25 per person which includes lunch. Click here to register.

This is your chance to get updated on recommended healthcare techniques from local veterinarians and to hear the latest updates from camelid researchers from around the world.

Conference Schedule

Time Track 1 Track 2
8:30-9:00 Check In
   Start of Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales
9:00-10:15 Camelids 101 Part 1
Dr. Scot Lubbers
Amazia Veterinary Services
Common Dental Disorders and Associated Risk Factors
Dr. Kristen Proost
Zoetis, Belgium
10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:00 Camelids 101 Part 2
Dr. Rachel Oxley
Juniper Country Veterinary Services
Results of US Camelid Owner Survey & New Research and Developments in Camelids
Dr. Julie Dechant
University of California Davis
12:00-1:00 Lunch
  50/50 Raffle Drawing and Paddle Raising Fundraiser
1:00-2:15 Care for Geriatric Camelids
Dr. Pat Long
Camelid Healthcare Services
Neoplasia and Cause of Death at OSU
Dr. Christiane Lohr
Oregon State University
2:15-2:30 Break
  Closing of Silent Auction and Checkout open for payments
2:30-3:45 Nanobodies and OSU Research
Presentation by Dr. Chris Cebra, Oregon State University
4:00 – 4:45 Optional Tour of Vet Hospital


Sharing Camelid Collectibles is a small part of the fun we have raising money for research.  Do you have artwork or other valuables that are suitable for oral or silent auction?  We welcome donations!  Please email Peggy Gresham llamacollection@msn.com with the description of your items or call (360) 907-5298.

Thank you for helping to make this fundraising effort a success; our ability to fund camelid research and our commitment to support for future veterinarians depends on your support!

Click here to register for the 2023 Camelid Conference

NWCF Added to Paw Wall at WSU

NWCF Added to Paw Wall at WSU

In the lobby of Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, North West Camelid Foundation has been added to the Paw Wall in recognition as one of the people or organizations who have given $10,000 or more to the school.

NWCF 2022 WSU Scholarship Winner: Rachel Hanson

NWCF 2022 WSU Scholarship Winner: Rachel Hanson

April 2022

Dear North West Camelid Foundation,

I am honored to have been considered for the NWCF Scholarship and am extremely gateful for your contributions to our continued growth in the field of veterinary medicine.

I grew up in southeastern Idaho and was active e in my local 4-H clubs and rodeo. I continued my passion for agriculture and rodeo in to my undergraduate education at Utah State University by completing my bachelor’s in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science, and competing on the USU Rodeo Team. During those three years I made the Dean’s list each assister and served as the Bice President of the rodeo team for two years. I continued my time at USU by completing the first two years of the DVM program there before moving up to Pullman in the fall of 2020.

2022 WSu scholarship recipient NWCF Rachel Hanson

During my time in Logan I was fortunate to be involved in the veterinary school by being a Cache Veterinary Practitioners Association representative, Vice President of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, and a USU School of Veterinary Medicine Ambassador. My priorities in school have revolved around maintaining a high standard of academic performance while also gaining as much practical experience as I can manage to accommodate. My determination paid off and I was selected to be the 2019 USU SVM Summer Large animal Intern, which allowed me further invaluable time with the three clinical veterinarians on staff. By the end of my second year, I finished third in my class of 30 students while amassing over 180 hours of clinical experience at the farm.

2020 proved difficult due to the pandemic and the subsequent changes to what our vet school education would look like. The move to Pullman in this situation left me feeling secluded, burned out, and anxious, especially knowing that my normal outlet of hands-on experience would be extremely limited. The turn of the year to 2021 brought new opportunities though and I found myself busy assisting with overnight lambing and traveling with a CVM professor to perform bull breeding sourness exams and routine herd work for beef producers in rural Washington. My passion for large animals theriogenology also led me to join the WSU palpation team, and we were lucky enough to be able to compete in the 2021 SAVMA competition and finish third.

During my clinical year of rotations, I enrolled in every theriogenology oration that would fit in my schedule which included two traveling beef cattle rotations, an equine rotation at USU, and a comparative large animal theriogenology rotation at WSU with Dr. Ahmed Tibary. During the latter, I was able to perform complete breeding soundness exams on multiple alpacas. I was able to visualize and diagnose common anatomical defects that make breeding difficult-to-impossible and formulate recommendations for the producer in terms of next steps for those animals. Throughout these experiences, I have continued to expand my clinical skill set and my appreciation for the discipline of theriogenology.

I have accepted a position as a rural mixed animal practioner in Blackfoot, Idaho, which poses some concern to me as far as paying off my student loans. Your generosity will help take some of that weight off my shoulders and allow me to pursue my dream without hesitation. Thank you again, and I am sincerely grateful to have the support of the North West Camelid Foundation.

Rachel Hanson
Pullman, WA

NWCF 2022 OSU Scholarship Winner: Lane Beu

NWCF 2022 OSU Scholarship Winner: Lane Beu

Lane Beu winner NWCF scholarship 2022

Why I chose veterinary medicine:
To be able to provide small farms a comprehensive source of care and continue the shift of large animal medicine toward humane practices.

My career plans:
Hoping for a mobile, mixed animal practice serving a rural community. Plan is to provide a one-stop shop to see the barn cats, the livestock guardian dog, the horses, pigs, sheep, alpacas, cows etc.

Fun fact:
Working at the large animal hospital has been a great experience, learning how to behave around animals who are stressed/in pain. Also being lifting completely off the ground by the neck of an alpaca who was just as surprised as I was.

Lane Beu, Class of 2024
Hometown: Bloomfield, CO
Undergraduate degree: Colorado State University

NWCF 2021 OSU Scholarship Winner Kelsey Woolsey

NWCF 2021 OSU Scholarship Winner Kelsey Woolsey

Kelsey Woolsey recipient NW Camelid Foundation Scholarship 2021

Why I chose veterinary medicine:
I grew up on a small hobby farm with a lot of animals. We had horses, goats, llamas, rabbits and many more. I have always loved animals; I find great joy in training and caring for them. I chose veterinary medicine because it will allow me to help improve the quality of life of animals and strengthen the human-animal bond through the promotion of species-specific husbandry, enrichment, training, behavior, and health care.

My career plans:
I am still not completely sure about my career plans. I love working with large animals: horses, camelids, sheep and goats. I am also very interested in veterinary behavior.

Words of appreciation:
Thank you so much for your support of my veterinary school journey. Camelids were an important part of my childhood and I hope to make them a part of my veterinary career.

Kelsey Woolsey, Class of 2022
Hometown: Grants Pass, OR
Undergraduate degree: Oregon State University
Fun fact: My favorite bird is an albatross.