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Education & Fundraising Archives

2017 NWCF Owners' Conference Overview

Acupuncture/Alternative Therapies

Parasites & Vaccines
Camelid Research Round-Up
Camelids 101 for New Owners

Pasture Management
Embryo Xfer/Assisted Reproduction
Geriatric Findings from Necropsy
Camelid End-Use Products

Youth Block of Sessions


Dr. Tim Holt, Colorado State University

    [PowerPoint presentation: Alternative Therapies, 37mb]
Dr. Jeffrey Lakritz, Ohio State University
Dr. Julie Dechant, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Scot Lubbers, Amazia Veterinary Services, and
Dr. Rachael Oxley, Juniper Country Veterinary Services
Dr. Gene Perelli, OSU Extension Services
Dr. Charles Estill, Oregon State University
Dr. Christiane Lohr, Oregon State University
Kim Biegler, Ewethful Fiber Farm & Mill, and
Eric Stoneberg, Stoneberg Alpacas
OSU Vet Students

2016 Education Seminar & Fundraiser in Bend, OR

For years, central Oregon alpaca and llama owners have trekked across the Cascades to support medical research fundraising events. On September 10, 2016, the Foundation took its fundraising event to them.

Llamas in Bend

Ron and Gail Wilkinson agreed to host a fundraising event with a catered barbeque lunch of chicken and tri tip, baked beans, potato salad, garlic bread and Bend's best salsa at their R & G Acres ranch. Tents were set up on the back lawn to provide protection from the late summer sun. Guests could visit the herd of 30 plus selectively bred llamas, visit with old friends or start new friendships. Each table was centered with a potted chrysanthemum and information about the North West Camelid Foundation.Llamas in Bend

NWCF President Glen Pfefferkorn presented a summary of the thirty year history of the Foundation and its focus on medical research and education. Over $20,000 has been awarded in scholarships to students interested in alpaca and llama medicine and over $560,000 invested in medical research and support for the research herd at Oregon State University.

Featured speakers were Dean Susan Tornquist and Dr. Chris Cebra of the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cebra was accompanied by 14 senior veterinary students who were at OSU for the two week Camelid Medicine course. Dr. Cebra and the students dropped by after visiting an alpaca ranch earlier in the day. Among the students was one from Germany, one from Canada and a visiting student from Wisconsin.

Llamas in Bend

auctioneer Glen

alpaca ponchoCol. Long, aka Dr Pat Long, veterinarian from Corvallis and Vice President of the Foundation, pressed the crowd to fetch top dollar for the donations from various authors and alpaca and llama owners. The Pacific Northwest Llama Fiber Cooperative sold products with 10% of the proceeds being donated to the fundraising efforts. Monetary contributions, fully tax deductible, were encouraged. Total collections exceeded $10,000.

Llama MtnThe event was coordinated by NWCF Directors Dr. Rachel Oxley of Juniper Country Veterinary Services and Mary Jo Walker from Port Hadlock, Washington. Marianne Moore, and other directors, Olin Allen, Ann Dockendorf and Bill Cameron helped with cashiering, clerking and miscellaneous tasks at the event.

Thank you to all who participated in the event and helped make our visit to Bend a success. We appreciate your continued support. Thanks, too, Crescent Moon Alpacas for loaning us tables and chairs.

Donations to protect the health and welfare of our beloved camelid friends are always welcome.
* * * All contributions are tax deductible * * *

NWCF 2015 Education Conference & Fundraising Reception

by Glen Pfefferkorn for the SouthWest Washington Llama Association newsletter

The Education Sessions

About 70 alpaca and llama owners gathered March 7, 2015, at Magruder Hall on the Oregon State Campus for a day of learning and updates on the latest research. Dr. Julie Dechant, UC Davis, kicked off the conference with a general session sharing the latest in camelid research. Registrants then selected one of three concurrent sessions to attend.

The fiber option, coordinated by Eric Hoffman, Bonney Doon Alpacas, Santa Cruz, California, offered sessions on fiber production, harvesting, processing, marketing and end products. Northwest shearers discussed expectations when a shearer arrives at the ranch. Local owners shared ideas about various end products and others discussed marketing options. The Pacific Northwest Llama Fiber Cooperative reviewed its experience and success.

Others chose to update themselves on various issues from alternative therapies, reproductive challenges, critical cria care, geriatric care and broken bones and abscesses. Dr. Ahmed Tibary, Washington State University was featured in this track.

The final choice included two sessions of Camelid 101, parasites, pasture management and nutrition. This section featured Eliza Trickett, Regional Representative for Mazuri Feed. Mazuri was a $1,000 corporate sponsor of the event in addition to donating 12 bags of premium alpaca pellets for the Fundraiser. Eliza explained nutrition requirements and benefits from pellet supplements. Drs. Scot Lubbers, Brush Prairie, WA, and Paul Jones, Woodburn Vet Clinic addressed topics of interest to beginning owners. Dr. Lubbers spoke about fences, housing and medication. Dr. Jones talked about breeding, birthing and babies.

The Early Evening Reception

At 5:30, after the learning sessions ended, a Fundraising Reception was held in the Lobby of the Veterinary College. This was an alternative fundraiser from the sit-down banquet held for the previous twenty five years. Hors d'oeuvres of smoked salmon, Willamette Valley cheese, crudite platter with ranch and hummus, spinach and artichoke dip with sliced baguette, Marion berry streusel bars and meatballs was offered with wine and beer.

reg desk   silent auction

Besides conference participants, various OSU Vet College staff and registrants of the International Camelid Health Conference were present as guests of the NWCF President. Thirteen states, Germany, and the UK were represented among the ICHC veterinarians. Silent auction items were available to peruse and bid on during the Reception.

International Camelid Health Conference veterinarians attended   Dean Dr. Susan Tornquist

At 6:30, after introduction of event volunteers, newly appointed College Dean Dr. Susan Tornquist was introduced and presented a signed, numbered print of a Desert Roadrunner which turned out to be her favorite bird from her days in the Southwest. After brief comments she introduced Dr. Chris Cebra, Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences and G. Pfefferkorn/M. Wendorf Professor of Camelid Medicine.

Dr. Cebra's presentation, "30 Years of Camelid Research at OSU" was well received. His first slide "Where it all began" mentioned the first gathering of llama owners in the Willamette Valley in 1986 and included a copy of the first Newsletter distributed by the Willamette Valley Llama Association dated April 1986. His presentation was a walk down memory lane for owners present who attended that first meeting or joined the community shortly thereafter. He mentioned our rally on the Capitol steps in Salem with llamas which helped persuade the legislature to save the vet college from elimination during budget cuts.

highlights slide
(view "30 Years of Camelid Research at OSU" as PDF)

  What has OSU contributed to camelid research?

Several (now retired) staff members and veterinarians were remembered. Two members, critical to those early camelid days on campus, Drs. Brad Smith and Karen Timm were present for the presentation. His final slide "What We Have Done Since 1986" clearly set out the fact that Oregon State, with the support from Willamette Valley and Southwest Washington camelid owners, has published more scientific articles than any other university with a camelid program.

Kirk Gresham, auction announcer, Monte Mesing, Auctioneer, and Kelley Marchbanks, OSU Vet College Director of Development, (aka Vanna White), then took over the floor for the oral auction fundraiser. Some items offered for auction included: Mazuri Feed Pellets, Quality Llama Products portable feeder, Frank watering station, vintage Brush ceramic cookie jar, COLA Festival Package, Les Schwab battery, Alpaca Magazine advertising, Calvin DeJong original metal art, waterford crystal, a week end in Las Vegas and Sea Glass Art from Maine.

auctioneer   Vanna

Medical books authored by well respected veterinarians drew spirited bidding and raised just under $1,100. Drs. Norm Evans, Missouri; Ahmed Tibary, WSU; LaRue Johnson, CO; and OSU'S Chris Cebra had made donations to promote research. For those present, all of the authors were in attendance and available for a photo or to make a personalized inscription.winner

High selling item of the evening was two tickets to an OSU football game in the "by invitation only" Valley Endzone Skybox. This includes front door shuttle service, hot buffet, drinks and snacks, pre and post game shows with President Ed Ray, coaches and players. The winning bidder paid $1,000 for this opportunity. The winners will attend as guests of Dean Tornquist, Glen Pfefferkorn and Morris Wendorf.

The evening ended with a paddle raise. This provides an opportunity to make a fully tax deductible donation with the mere raise of a bid number. Generous donors contributed $7,820.

The eventful day ended with preliminary numbers showing about $17,000 in the coffers for investment in additional alpaca and llama medical research.

News & Events Archives

Austria Looks To Oregon for Camelid Expertise

Vienna College of Veterinary MedicineJuly 28-29, 2017 The First International Camelid Congress in Vienna, Austria, featured four speakers from Oregon, including Dr. Chris Cebra, Dean Sue Tornquist, and OSU alum Rachel Oxley. OSU has been a world leader in camelid research for thirty years. Dr. Cebra has written or co-authored over 70 scientific articles concerning camelids, and has been involved with over 40 camelid research projects.

Nearly thirty camelid owners and sixty veterinarians attended the two-day conference at the Veterinary Medicine University Vienna. Camelids are becoming more popular in Austria, and the conference sought to broaden attendees' knowledge of camelid medicine.

The third oldest vet school in the world, Veterinary Medicine University Vienna has more than 2000 students. “Its interesting to see a different approach. There is a lot of attrition as they go through the five-year program; over 200 start in a class and they only graduate about 100,” says Dr. Tornquist. ” These students are right out of high school so they are learning undergrad at the same time they are starting their veterinary education.”

vet tourWhile attending the conference, Dr. Tornquist took a tour of the college where she was particularly interested in their clinical skills lab which contained many models for practicing things like placing catheters and palpating. She would like to create a similar lab at OSU. “In Europe they do a lot more with models and keep the use of live animals to a minimum,” she said. “We are looking at the best way to combine models and live animals to give our students the best experience. For example, we start to teach physical exams in the ‘Animal Care and Handling’ class. Then in the second year, they are expected to do physical exams in anesthesia class, and we have felt they are not quite as prepared as they could be. Physical exams are one of those things you need to practice over and over to feel confident about your proficiency.”

model practice

OSU College of Veterinary Medicine currently has several animal models including those that allow students to listen to different heart or lung sounds, and models they can bandage or suture. “If we’re really going to do this right, we need to add more,” says Dr. Tornquist.


Veterinary Medicine University of Vienna


OSU Vet College has Another Endowed Professorship

September 2015 The highest honor a university can bestow on a professor is naming them to an endowed position which is funded by a generous donor. The position provides annual funds which can be used for research or to support fellowships or student projects.

Dr. Susanne Stieger-VanegasRecently the Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine announced Dr. Susanne Stieger-Vanegas was the first recipient of the Camden Endowed Professor of Diagnostic Imaging.

Dr. Stiger-Vanegas has received North West Camelid Foundation grants including Development of CT Protocol for Examination of abdomens of Camelids with Colic Symptoms and the Evaluation of Camelid Cardiac Abnormalities Using CT.

Rebecca Camden serves a on the Dean's Advisory Council. She recently retired as Chief Accounting Officer for CHC Group, Ltd., a company which provides helicopter services and search and rescue to offshore oil and gas companies. She is a 1979 graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Economics and Anthropology. Her late husband was a 1977 Oregon State graduate. Rebecca is a lifelong Dachshund owner and is active in Dachshund rescue. Her Dachshund, Maude, has helped with recent fundraising.

The first endowed professorship at the College was the Glen Pfefferkorn and Morris Wendorf Endowed Professor of Camelid Medicine, first of its kind in the nation, awarded to Professor Chris Cebra.

Newly Endowed Professor

New Dean of OSU Veterinary School Announced

I was pleased to be on the Oregon State campus March 6th when Dr. Sue Tornquist was announced as Dean of the Veterinary College. Dr. Tornquist joined the OSU team in the late 1980's. She immediately became interested in alpaca and llama research. Many animals owe their lives to her research into liver functions and identifying protocols to determine norms and how to treat problems. She also is a national leader in camelid red blood cell disease.

She has always been a friend of camelid owners. We should be proud to have her lead the OSU nationally renowned camelid medicine program into making even greater discoveries.

Congratulation Dr. Tornquist!

Glen Pfefferkorn
Glen Pfefferkorn, President NWCF

Susan Tornquist Named to Lead OSU Veterinary School

by The Oregonian/OregonLive [edited]         March 6, 2015

A longtime Oregon State University professor and administrator will lead the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, the university announced today. Here is the text of a news release announcing the appointment:Dr. Susan Tornquist

Susan Tornquist, who has been interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University since October of 2013, has been named dean of the college.

Tornquist has been on the faculty at Oregon State since 1996 and previously was associate dean of student and academic affairs in the college, where she also is a professor of clinical pathology.

"Sue Tornquist has been a very effective leader for the College of Veterinary Medicine over the past 17 months, and has demonstrated that she has the very best interests of the college at heart and the skill set for enhancing the college's education, clinical services, research and outreach," said Sabah Randhawa, OSU's provost and executive vice president.

While Tornquist was interim dean, the college surpassed its fund-raising goal of $47 million through The Campaign for OSU; again received full accreditation in 2014 from the American Veterinary Medicine Association; launched a new graduate program in comparative health sciences; and saw the class of 2014 achieve a 100 percent pass rate for the national board exam for veterinarians.

As associate dean, Tornquist helped the college grow its enrollment, coordinate student internships, build partnerships with the Oregon Humane Society and other organizations, and make student experiential learning a hallmark of the program.

Tornquist received her veterinary medical degree from Colorado State University and her doctorate in veterinary pathology from Washington State University. Her research interests have focused on immune responses to infectious and metabolic diseases in animals, particularly llama and alpacas.

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NWCF Scholarships Archives

NWCF 2021 OSU Scholarship Winner Kelsey Woolsey

Kelsey WoolseyWhy 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.

NWCF 2019 OSU Scholarship Winner: Genny Cobarrubias

Genny Cobarrubias

Why I chose veterinary medicine:
   I was lucky enough to have grown up with animals. I realized I loved medicine when I took a first aid and CPR course in 6th grade. At first I thought I wanted to do human medicine, but then after rescuing my cat and volunteering at a wildlife clinic, I realized my passion for veterinary medicine. I did an internship at a mixed practice animal hospital and after working with small ruminants, realized how much I enjoy working with them. As a child I always wanted a sheep, and my neighbor growing up had llamas that I got to ride when I was little.
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Genny Cobarrubias
Class of 2020

NWCF 2018 OSU Scholarship Winner: Meredith Bleuer

Meredith Bleuer

What this scholarship/award means to me:
   I am so appreciative for this amazing scholarship. Not only does this money relieve my student debt burden, but it also is encouraging to have donors supporting this chosen career path.
   Veterinary medicine is such a wonderful, collaborative and supportive field and I can not thank you enough for helping in my education and introduction into the career.
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Meredith Bleuer
Class of 2019

NWCF 2017 OSU Scholarship Winners: Stormy Scharzenberger & Lauren Nekota

Stormy Scharzenberger Lauren Nekota

                                                       May 2017
To the NorthWest Camelid Foundation:
     I am honored and humbled to receive this scholarship and I am so glad to be connected to your organization. I developed a love of camelids while working at a small ranch in Santa Cruz, CA, where I attended college. This love brought me to Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine because of its renowned camelid courses and research.
     I am now enrolled in all of the camelid courses offered at Oregon State and I look forward to seeing and treating camelids in my future as a practicing veterinarian in Oregon. I am thrilled that I've found this niche of fellow camelid-lovers and your support is very much appreciated.
    Thank you so much!
    Lauren Nekota
    OSU CVM, Class of 2018

Nekota and llama

thank you

                                                            May 2017
Dear NorthWest Camelid Foundation,
     I nurtured an interest in animal well-being from a young age, owning my first llama at five years of age and volunteering at the Lincoln County Fair and the Oregon Zoo. Throughout my childhood, my chores were tied to the health of my animals as I raised llamas, donkeys, goats, and chickens, amongst other pets.
     Upon starting college at OSU and beginning research for the College of Veterinary Medicine, I quickly learned how veterinarians contribute to animal and human health simultaneously through animal husbandry and biomedical research. For the past three years, I have worked for the college researching the biology of Chlamydia spp. in the Rockey Laboratory. I am also involved in OSU’s Human-Animal Interaction Laboratory, numerous veterinary school clubs, and have a special interest in camelid and production animal medicine.
    As a member of the Camelid Medicine Club, I enjoyed planning and leading the Youth Track for the North West Camelid Foundation by assisting with laboratories, delivering a lecture on camelid first-aid, and sharing my knowledge and passion for animal care with aspiring camelid owners. In my future career, I intend to contribute to the field of veterinary medicine directly through husbandry and indirectly through biomedical and behavioral research.
     Thank you again!
     Stormy Scharzenberger
     OSU CVM Class of 2018

Scharzenberger and llama

Washington State University NWCF Scholarship

At the 2016 annual meeting of the NWCF Board awarding, a $1,000 scholarship to a Washington State University was approved. The President agreed to pursue establishing the fund with WSU.

In October 2016 an agreement was signed by Glen Pfefferkorn, NWCF President, John Gardener CFO, WSU Foundation, and Bryan Slinker, Dean, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, establishing the North West Camelid Foundation Scholarship.

Since NWCF did not establish a separate Endowment, the scholarship was established with the Washington State University Foundation and will be administered within the "Friends of the Veterinary College Endowment Scholarship Fund." The initial gift was $1,000. Additional gifts are encouraged and should be directed to WSU Foundation Account #2505-8168, NWCF Scholarship.

Without a separate endowment to generate funds to support an annual scholarship, donations must be made each year to fund an award.

Recipients of the award must be a full time DVM student, have an interest in camelids or pursuing a specialty in the camelid industry, and have a financial need.


NWCF 2021 WSU Scholarship Winner: Kristin Wreggelsworth

Dear North West Camelid Foundation,

My name is Kristin Wreggelsworth, and I am a fourth year veterinary student at Washington State University. I was fortunate enough to receive the North West Camelid Foundation Scholarship this year. I am grateful that the CVM Scholarship Committee thought of me for this scholarship, and I am very excited to put the award towards my future career.

To give you a bit of background about me, I grew up in Stanwood, Washington, on a small farm that primarily raises Angora goats and alpacas. I was involved in 4-H from elementary to high school, and I have had the opportunity to work with the current members in my old club numerous times throughout the years. I had the chance to work at a small animal emergency hospital for a year before applying to vet school. During vet school, I have been involved in a research project analyzing the behavioral changes of goat kids when administering different local anesthetic blocks for disbudding. My hope is that this research will lend support for the movement to increase the use of pain management in herd medicine.

i also helped provide small ruminant herd health for underserved members of the Navajo nation two summers ago. I was also involved in leadership positions in the Small Ruminant Club and Theriogenology Club over the years. I am hoping to continue to be involved in community outreach and education, especially at a client level, in the future. This past year, I participated in as many agricultural animal rotations as possible.

The next stage of my career will start in Prineville, Oregon. I will be accompanied by my two ferrets (Melibe and Sootie) and my corgi (Huckleberry). I was hired as a mixed animal practitioner at Prineville Veterinary Clinic, they are 70% small animal and 30% large animal. Once I get settled in and become more comfortable in practice, my goal will be to bring in more small ruminant and camelid clientele.

Thank you for supporting the WSU Veterinary program and providing us, as students, with the opportunity to explore our interest and gain practical experience to become better veterinarians. I hope everyone in the North West Camelid Foundation is able to stay safe and healthy during this pandemic.

Kristen Wreggelsworth
Pullman, WA

April 11, 2021

Kristin Wreggelsworth

Kristin Wreggelsworth

Dr. Kristin Wreggelsworth

NWCF 2019 WSU Scholarship Winner: Lilly Bo Nizer

April 2019

Lilly Bo NizerDear North West Camelid Foundation,

Hello, my name is Lilly Nizer, and I am about to complete my second year at Washington State College of Veterinary Medicine. I am writing to express my gratitude for rewarding me the $950 North West Camelid Foundation Scholarship, thank you so much.

I am originally from Canby, OR, where I was exposed to the world of camelid production medicine. Little did I know that my home town and the surrounding area is known for its camelid production operations. The three months I spent working with a mixed animal practitioner was my first exposure to small ruminant and camelid medicine. I was hooked from the start. Currently, I am pa part of the small ruminant club which is focused on providing students with opportunities outside the classroom to gain hands-on experience with small ruminants and camelids. I plan to continue learning about these animals to best serve the community I hope to return to.

Your generosity in awarding me this scholarship will have a big impact next year as my husband and I are expecting our first baby in September. This scholarship will help tremendously to keep our family from taking out excessive amounts of loans and provide us the ease-of-mind we need going into this next chapter of our life. Every contribution helps and will have a big impact on our circumstances in the future.

I truly appreciate your contribution to my education, and I look forward for the possibilities that have been opened because of your generosity. Once again, thank you.

Lilly Bo Nizer
DVM Candidate, WSU Class of 2021

NWCF 2018 WSU Scholarship Winner: Victoria Wilson

March 29, 2018

Victoria WilsonDear NorthWest Camelid Foundation,

I am honored to be the veterinary student selected to receive the NWCF Award. I am writing to send my immense gratitude for your support! I am currently finishing my second year of veterinary school in Pullman. I did my first year in Bozeman, MT, as part of the WIMU cooperative program since I am a Montana resident. This past year I was actively involved in the following clubs: Small Ruminant Club, National Member of AAEP, Vice President of the Theriogenology Club, Wildlife Disease Association, Student Member of AABP, Veterinary Business Management Association Member, Ag Animal Club, and Student Member of the Montana Veterinary Medical Association.

Upon completion of my DVM, I plan on returning to Montana and practicing large animal medicine. I would like to work on every thing from small ruminants and camelids to cattle and horses. I also have interest in the wildlife-livestock disease interface I hope to pursue, especially the brucellosis problem.

My passion for veterinary medicine started a long time ago. I grew up on a smaller commercial cow-calf operation in Pony, MT. We also raised sheep, goats, a few pigs, and horses. I participated in 4-H for ten years. My introduction to camelids has mainly been in the veterinary curriculum. We participated in an alpaca-handling day last year in Bozeman. What has captured my interest the most about camelids is their reproduction. In Theriogenology Club, we have learned many of the unique strategies there are for breeding management in camelids. I the future, I am interest in basic care and breeding management of camelids. There is a growing demand for veterinarians capable of being able to treat camelids, and I hope to meet these demands!

Again, thank you so much for your support for the students at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine! Without the financial support from donors like you, many students would not be able to pursue their academic goals and interests at this collegiate level. I truly appreciate your generosity!

Victoria Wilson
DVM Candidate, WSU Class of 2020

NWCF 2017 WSU Scholarship Winner: Sam Seramur

                                                      April 2017
Dear North West Camelid Foundation,

    Words cannot express the level of gratitude I have to be the recipient of the North West Camelid Foundation Scholarship. Please accept my sincere thank you for helping me to alleviate the financial burden that's required for pursuing my professional goals. Please know that the NWCF's willingness to invest in my education is highly appreciated.
    I developed my passion for camelids last fall by participating in an alpaca trans-vaginal ultrasound. I have come to realize that llamas and alpacas are amazing animals, and I look forward to continuing to work with them this summer.
    I was selected to participate in the Summer Agriculture Animal Rotation for the month of May. Through this program, I get to practice my clinical skills by working with all types of livestock, including camelids. This program costs approximately $500, so I am grateful that your scholarship makes this opportunity possible.
    I love camelids for their gentleness and bravery. Camelids working as guiard animals especially inspire me to learn more about them, and I plan to continue pursuing my curiosities toward them throughout my career. Thank you for investing in my professional dreams!

Warm regards,
    Sam Seramur
DVM Candidate, WSU Class of 2020
WSU VBMA Long Distance Learning Chair

Sam Seramur

    I have just completed my first year of veterinary school at Washington State University.  Originally from Milwaukee, WI, I have been living in Washington state for the past three years.  Although I remain a devoted Packers fan, the Pacific Northwest has truly captured my heart.  I love to take advantage of the amazing geography by fishing, camping, shooting my bow, and riding my girlfriend’s horse, Adelaar.
    My favorite thing to do is bicycle tour because the experience provides so many unexpected treasures.  In fact, I met my first llama while riding from Seattle to San Francisco last summer, and that interaction strengthened my resolve to better understand this species.  Please know that your organization has chosen to invest in a future veterinarian that is committed to being a life-long learner and advocate of camelids.  I’m excited for what’s to come! ~ Sam

NWCF 2016 OSU Scholarship Winners: Adrienne Cheney & Ester Kastella

Addrienne Cheney Ester Kastella
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                                                            May 2016
Dear NorthWest Camelid Foundation,
    Thank you so much for your generous donation of a scholarship to the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I am the lucky recipient of this award from the Class of 2019. I feel very honored to have been selected for this scholarship and will do my ver best to live up to your belief in me.
    I am helping with camelid research this summer and look forward to continuing to expand my knowledge about these wonderful animals. Your donation has definitely helped ease some of my finacial stress and I plan on using the scholarship money for books and to offset tuition fees.
    Thank you for supporting the work being done by veterinary students at OSU and thank you again for believing in me!
    Ester Kastella
    Class of 2019

thank you

                                                     May 2016
Dear NorthWest Camelid Foundation Members,
     Thank you so much for honoring me with the NW Camelid Foundation scholarship. I am beyond thrilled to be receiving it. This really comes with perfect timing, as this year I am enrolled in a Camelid Medicine and Surgery course.
     I am just so grateful that there are so many opportunities in this region to work with people passionate about camelids.
     Thank you again!
     Adrienne Cheney, OSU CVM Class of 2017

NWCF 2015 Scholarship Winners: Lucia Crane & Courtney Dewlaney

2015 Scholarship 2015 Scholarship
2015 Thank You

                                                            May 2015
Dear NorthWest Camelid Foundation,
      I cannot thank you enough for your generous gift! This scholarship truly means so much to me! I am finishing up my first year, but I have big plans for my future. I plan on going into large animal surgery. Throughout my undergraduate work at California Polytechnic State University I shadowed a large animal veterinarian who did a lot of camelid work , and I just fell in love with them! They truly inspired this small town horse girl to branch out and seek a career treating multiple large animal species.
      I love that Oregon State has incorporated camelid into their curriculum . I originally started vet school at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. Because Oregon State was always my top pick and due to their excellent large animal hospital, I elected to transfer here, and I have never been more happy, I absolutely love OSU and the curriculum and this scholarship is really inspiring.
      As summer is quickly approaching, that means evaluations are right around the corner. I try to volunteer at the large and small animal hospitals here at OSU as much as possible so I not only get the opportunity to learn from clinical cases and to apply my knowledge but it reminds me why I study so hard in order to chase my dream. This summer I have an internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in California and I am vet-teching at a small animal hospital. I am also going to Australia to work at a koala hospital.
    Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart! You are making my dream come true!
    Courtney Dewlaney

2015 Thank You

                                                     May 2015
Dear NorthWest Camelid Foundation Members,
      I cannot thank you enough for the scholarship! I have always wanted to be a veterinarian, I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. With the support of wonderful people like you, the financial burden is lightened.
      Also, thank you so much for your support of camelid research. I was lucky enough to work over the summer with Dr Steiger-Vengas on a research project aimed at better characterizing the cardiac abnormalities that camelids are prone to with CT. It was a wonderful experience that allowed me to expand my knowledge of imaging techniques and the anatomy of camelids.
      Again, thank you so much for your support of the college and its students. Your support provides opportunities taht enrich our education and help us to achieve our dream at joining the wonderful profession of veterinary medicine.
     Thank you,
     Lucia Crane

NWCF 2014 Scholarship Winner: Erin Bennett

Erin Bennett

Erin Bennett is a veterinary student at Oregon State University.  She grew up on a farm in Northwest Washington State and was involved in the 4-H program.

Erin’s extensive background with animals, including llamas, inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She hopes to work at a mixed large and small animal practice upon graduating in 2015.

Congratulations, Erin!

June 20, 2014

Dear North West Camelid Foundation,

       I cannot thank you enough for the scholarship! It has been a life long dream to attend vet school but the significant financial load is concerning. Especially as an out of state student which is double the cost. As a 4th year student I can almost see that light at the end of the tunnel! I can't wait to graduate with the ability to help animals and the people that love them :)

Erin Bennett, OSU CVM 2015

2013 NWCF Scholarship Winner: Elsbeth Centola

Elsbeth CentolaElsbeth Centola grew up in Central Oregon where there is a large population of small ruminants, particularly dairy goats and camelids.  She very much enjoyed working with camelids with the mixed-animal practitioners she mentored with. 

Having clinical experience with camelids prior to veterinary school has benefited Elsbeth in large animal medicine and surgery courses and in theriogenology when working with camelids.  During her undergraduate studies, one of the professors in animal sciences was a DVM and a camelid medicine specialist who offered weekend experience with camelids, and Elsbeth attended to husbandry, nutrition and veterinary care when needed. 

Elsbeth hopes to continue to work with camelids since she plans to settle in Central Oregon in the future. Being sufficient in camelid medicine would give her a leg up in a mixed animal practice in the area. Congratulations!

History of the NWCF Scholarship Endowment

In 1993 the NWCF directors approved funding an annual Scholarship for a student pursuing a degree in the veterinary medical field. A Scholarship Committee was formed under the leadership of Bob Wynia. He and other volunteers developed the qualifying criteria, distributed announcements of the award and evaluated and selected the recipient. Included in the criteria besides scholastic achievement was an interest in care and treatment of llamas and alpacas.

The Scholarship was to be funded by a raffle. An interested farm was asked to donate a pair of pet male llamas. Tickets were sold at the Llama Bazaar held in conjunction with AgFest at the State Fairgrounds each April. Donating ranches over the years included Llamas of Central Valley, Bob and Betty Barkdoll; Chula Llamas, Dick and Pat Wickum; Sijama Llamas, Bob and Marilyn Wynia; and Glenmor Forest Llamas, Morris Wendorf and Glen Pfefferkorn. In later years, merchandise items were added such as cd players, radios and other electronic gadgets.

Ticket sales in those early days exceeded $1,000. When the raffle fell shy, the directors funded the short fall out of the treasury or member donations made up the difference. In September 2001, the Board with the approval of the Jan Crabbe family transferred $382 from the Raven Hill Fund to the Scholarship fund. Jan, under the name of Raven Hill Llamas, had been a llama breeder in the Corvallis area. When she succumbed to cancer, her llama friends contributed to a memorial fund established by her family with the NWCF. They agreed that being part of the Scholarship Fund was a fitting tribute to their mother.

In 2001 the Board recognized the administrative work, staying in compliance with Internal Revenue requirements and establishing a stabilized funding source mandated that a different approach was needed. After careful deliberation a challenge was issued to llama owners asking they make donations to the NWCF Scholarship Fund to be established in partnership with the Oregon State University Foundation and the College of Veterinary Medicine. For each dollar donated by an individual, NWCF would match the donation with four dollars, up to a maximum matching grant of $10,000. To meet the required fund balance of $12,500, individual donations of $2,500 were required.

In 1999 the association had sponsored its first ALSA-sanctioned llama show as part of AgFest, in addition to its annual Llama Bazaar. Under the leadership of superintendent Justin Timm, the first dual show held on the west coast was a barnburner. After the bills were paid, $11,000 went into the treasury. This windfall earned through the efforts of one of our youth was identified as the source for the matching funds. How better to recognize his efforts in perpetuity then to use that money to ensure a Scholarship was awarded every year to other hard working individuals and to eliminate the need for annual fundraising.

On November 14, 2002, NWCF director Glen Pfefferkorn signed the Endowment Fund Agreement with the OSU Foundation. This agreement set forth the criteria, the selection process and the awarding of the Scholarship. All administrative work was transferred from NWCF to the Scholarship Committee of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Local veterinarians were instrumental in getting the donation drive off to a fast start. Dr. Paul Jones contributed $100 and challenged all other vet clinics to meet his donation. Drs. Pat Long, Kecia Smilie and Greg Fisher met his challenge.

Thanks to the following llama owners, the balance of the $2,500 needed for the matching grant was quickly met.

Velta Mack   Fred and Susan Hamlin
Glen Pfefferkorn   Rose and Frank Heston
Lester and Barbara Reed   Landis Consulting
George and Kathi Landis   Ridgeview Llamas
Morris Wendorf   Randy and Barb Lovre
Susan Baldwin   Ray and Diane Thompson
Louie and Cheryl Derting   Judy Robbins
Jeff and Molly Westmoreland   Bruce and Mary Jo Polette
John and Joan Griffin   Bill and Jeanie Fogle
Steve and Susan Sertic   Harry and Joyce Abrams
Don and Ruth Halligan   Bob and Betty Barldoll
Dr. Tom and Maggie Keck   Bill and Marianne Moore
Bob and Marilyn Wynia   Dale Heisler and Susan Walker

By March 31, 2003, Foundation treasurer Dale Heisler received notice the NWCF Scholarship Fund was fully funded.

Our Mission: Raising funds to support education and medical research
for the health and well-being of camelids worldwide.

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