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Program Overview

Introduction to the AAA Q-Alpaca Program

This is an alpaca quality assurance program designed by the AAA Biosecurity and Animal Welfare Committee for voluntary use by members, and fully endorsed by all State and Federal animal health authorities.

The Program is designed to:

  1. Encourage easier and more affordable diagnosis monitoring, and management of known diseases, and so promote greater member participation.
  2. Give maximum reduction of risk that a defined Emergency Animal Disease (such as Foot and Mouth Disease) could affect your herd in the event of an outbreak in Australia.
  3. Ensure your alpaca herd remains healthy, by agreeing that any death within your herd is professionally investigated by the same approved veterinarian.
  4. Ensure there is a minimal chance of taking certain preventable infections and infestations to your client’s herd, as well as preventing the introduction of these conditions to your herd. Examples of such conditions include Johne’s Disease (JD), severe worm infestation, liver disease, gastric ulceration, liver fluke infestation, and coccidiosis.

What is the cost of the Q-Alpaca Program?

The annual fee is $28 for herds up to 20 registered alpacas and $60 for larger herds, both including GST.  An additional management fee will be charged by your approved veterinarian.

What does the program entail?

The Program uses Forms to describe:

    1. A Herd and Property Management Plan, which is an agreement between the owner and their veterinarian to maintain Q-Alpaca Program requirements.
    2. Keeping of a register that identifies animals that come onto or leave your property.
    3. Provision of an Annual Stock Return to your veterinarian, containing herd (not financial) details similar to those needed for the Australian Taxation Office.
    4. An agreement with your veterinarian to conduct a post-mortem examination of any animal over 12 months of age that dies or is euthanased for any reason, and any cria under 12 months with a history of wasting or diarrhoea that dies or is euthanased. Animals over 15 years of age, or those killed in dog attacked, are exempt from the requirement for autopsy.

PLEASE NOTE: This program now allows all veterinarians to conduct required post-mortem examinations.

Where can I find a Q-Alpaca member?

Q-Alpaca status is indicated in a member's profile page on eAlpaca

Download the Q-Alpaca Logo Use

Financial members of the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. Q-Alpaca Program are entitled to use the Q-Alpaca logo. We actively encourage members of the Q-Alpaca Program to do this as we believe it is an excellent way of promoting the member’s Q-Alpaca status, and we encourage members to place the logo on any relevant documentation.

Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. has therefore tried to be as flexible as possible in allowing financial members of the Q-Alpaca Program considerable freedom in the way in which they may use the logo.

These guidelines must, however, be followed as a condition of its use. They are simply intended to maintain a consistent look for the Q-Alpaca logo and to prevent its misuse.

  • The logo may be used on any stationery, marketing materials and member’s websites.
  • The logo, with the member’s Q-Alpaca number included, must be displayed in the format supplied by the AAA Ltd. National Office.
  • At no time must the use and/or context of the logo bring the Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. into disrepute. Australian Alpaca Association Ltd. will be entitled to request a member to remove the logo if, at its absolute discretion, it considers that continued use is prejudicial to the reputation of this alpaca quality assurance program
  • Q-Alpaca members may only use the logo for as long as they are a financial member of the QAlpaca Program. In the event that they are removed from the Q-Alpaca Program for any reason, they must immediately desist from using the logo.

 

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN FULLY ENDORSED BY THE ANIMAL HEALTH COMMITTEE (AHC) AND APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF AAA LTD.  AHC COMPRISES OF THE CHIEF VETERINARY OFFICERS (CVOs) OF THE COMMONWEALTH, STATES AND TERRITORIES, AND NEW ZEALAND, ALONG WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE AUSTRALIAN ANIMAL HEALTH LABORATORY (CSIRO), ANIMAL HEALTH AUSTRALIA AND BIOSECURITY AUSTRALIA.

Resources & Forms

Joining and renewing Q-Alpaca membership should ideally be done via eAlpaca. Annual renewals are due from 1 July each year and if no annual stock return or renewal documentation is submitted by 31 October the membership will be cancelled. The AAA will be encouraging vets to sign up to eAlpaca in order that all forms can be completed electronically. The hard copy forms below should only be used when electronic access is impossible.

 

To apply for Q-Alpaca membership, login to your eAlpaca account and go to Manage Herd where you will find the option to register for Q-Alpaca membership. Complete the form, and print the page requiring signature by your nominated vet. Your vet will then need to review your herd management plan.