Founded in 2001 by David E. Anderson, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in the United States, the International Camelid Institute (ICI) promotes education, service and collaboration among researchers, breeders, owners, fiber and textile industry professionals and animal enthusiasts worldwide. As an information repository, veterinarians, owners, academicians, regulatory agencies and others can access and obtain essential information for everyday situations from research. ICI strives to acknowledge research being conducted throughout the world and seeks to help avoid duplication of efforts. ICI does not solicit research funds nor does it administer grants. ICI seeks to share and exchange information and therefore is not exclusionary to any researchers. The Institute serves as an educational conduit to fulfill its mission of improving animal health and well being.
The International Camelid Institute will:
- Strive to provide owners and veterinarians with the most accurate, timely information available to optimize the health and well being of camelids.
- Serve as a centralized resource for the collection and dissemination of all facets of camelid education.
- Serve as a resource for regulatory authorities for current information about camelids.
- Maintain a database on current and comtemplated research being conducted on camelids, and summarize important information for camelid owners and breeders.
- Encourage collaboration among experts around the world to seek discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.
- Act as a rapid reaction entity to issues involving emerging disease, emergency situations, and urgent health care and information needs.
- Foster education of persons in contact with the animals or industry, and will emphasize programs designed to increase the opportunities and knowledge of veterinarians, veterinary students, graduate students, and undergraduate students.