Steve Purdy received his DVM degree in 1981 from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He practiced large animal veterinary medicine in Virginia, Vermont, and still does in Massachusetts. He was involved in farm animal welfare issues and operated a large animal rescue in Vermont in the past. He has also worked with local school districts to operate a program for special education students involving working with horses, donkeys, sheep, and goats. .Steve is Associate Professor of Veterinary Education and Director of Camelid Studies in the Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and Director of Animal Management, Center for Agriculture, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is also the director of the Camelid Reproduction Center at UMass. Steve is very interested in the preventive medicine aspect of the management of livestock. His special interests include reproduction, neonatal care, and infectious diseases. He emphasizes a hands on, practical approach to caring for animals, while keeping their environment as stress free and natural as possible. Steve is committed to teaching practical large animal subjects to undergraduate and graduate students, and to helping undergraduate students gain admittance to veterinary school for a career as a large animal vet. He speaks nationally and internationally to alpaca owner and veterinary groups. He is involved in practical research and educational projects which promote improvement of camelid health. He is President of Nunoa Project Peru, www.nunoaproject.org, a non profit organization providing humanitarian, medical, and veterinary aid to the people of the Peruvian altiplano. He is a new board member for Blue Star Equiculture and is very happy to be involved in draft horse rescue, organic farming, and continuing to learn from, and teach, people of all ages and backgrounds.