CAL-ILA Donates to UC Davis

Dennie Hansen, CAL-ILA Treasurer, presented to Julie E. Dechant, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, a check for $500 to cover some of the costs involved with the treatment of the llamas rescued from the Montana Large Animal Sanctuary in Montana.  Dr. Dechant, who oversees the Camelid program at UC Davis, coordinated the evaluation and treatment of the rescued llamas.

Dennie Hansen & Dr Julie Dechant
Student members of UC Davis' Camelid Medicine Club were not only able to take advantage of this opportunity to get some valuable hands-on experience, they also raised funds to cover the treatment costs!

Dennie presents the check to Dr Dechant.

CAL-ILA's donation will help ensure that the UC Davis William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH) will continue to be able to support the treatment of llamas and alpacas which might otherwise go untreated.  CAL-ILA's support of the VMTH will allow students to continue to have opportunities to work with camelids in real world situations which will only serve to enhance their commitment to treating camelids in their practices after graduation.

For more information about VMTH, visit their website at:

The Camelid Medicine Club's goal is to provide experience and education about camelids to veterinary students. The club goes on field trips with local vets to local llama and alpaca ranches to help with tasks ranging from pregnancy checks and vaccination, to sick animal calls and delivering crias. We also hold wet labs on campus to teach students a variety of procedures including, blood collection, catheterization and shearing. Our club also hosts the annual Camelid Medicine Symposium. This is a two day weekend event where speakers from UC Davis and around the country come to speak on many camelid health subjects.

For more information about the Camelid Medicine Club please visit them at:


CAL-ILA was formed in 1984 to support the education of owners and veterinarians as to the proper care of camelids.  CAL-ILA has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the VMTH and the Camelid Medicine Club.  This donation is just the latest in a long history of support CAL-ILA has provided to UCD.  Your generous donations will ensure that CAL-ILA is able to continue the support that UCD and the VMTH deserve.  Thank you!