MOPACA is committed to providing high quality education for its members, for veterinary students and other professionals, and for the general public.
Education for members is provided both formally and informally. Each year a Winter Seminar is held for alpaca owners and breeders. The seminar is usually one day in length, and focuses on topics of interest to alpaca farmers. Recent topics have included:
Frequently a noon-time seminar is held for alpaca owners on Saturday during the MOPACA show. Some topics have included addressing parasites, travel stress, and federal regulations for travel.
Other education is available occasionally. In 2019, Dr. Norm Evans conducted a neonatal seminar. In 2020 we expect to provide a fall seminar focusing on fiber.
The MOPACA quarterly newsletter also includes regular education about topics relating to alpaca care and products.
Education for Veterinary Students and Other Professionals
Each year at the MOPACA show, a Silent Auction is conducted to raise money for scholarships and grants for students. We believe it is important to increase knowledge of camelid health as well as use of camelid fiber in textiles. More information on the grant and scholarship program is here.
MOPACA provides education about alpacas and farming alpacas to the general public in a variety of ways: