AOA is the driving force of the alpaca industry. Through its efforts, shows are organized, educational events held, and the direction of the industry is set. A world-class marketing program is implemented for the mutual benefit of all members. AOA increases alpaca awareness, the value of our animals is solidified, and the industry is expanded.
The Alpaca Research Trust was established by the ARI Board of Directors in December, 1997 as a Colorado, non-profit corporation for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. The Board of Directors, of what is now known as the Alpaca Research Foundation, is composed of camelid veterinarians, research scientists and medical professionals. Their job is to establish research goals and critically evaluate proposals from qualified research scientists.
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.