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Caregiver Camp

Noffsinger Ranch
Benkelman, Nebraska

Caregiver Camp is an all-inclusive event that gives you the opportunity to spend time as a caregiver with your horse, cattle, instructors, and your fellow students. There is no other program like this on earth! 

At Caregiver Camp, you will receive one-on-one instruction in a relaxed environment from Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz, and Ted Howard on cattle handling, horsemanship, animal health, disease detection, and team interaction.

Registration closed
for September 2021.

Now accepting registration
for March 2022.

Event Details

Day 1:  1:00 - 4:00 PM MDT

Day 2:  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM MDT

Noffsinger Ranch

Benkelman, NE

Cost to Attend

$800 per person

OR  $2,100 for 3 people

Price includes (per student):

  • education and course materials

  • stabling for 1 horse

  • supper on day 1

  • breakfast & lunch on day 2

Limited spots are available. Due to small class size, refunds are not available. Deferral of fees to attend at a later date may be possible if spot can be filled from waiting list.

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Contact Andrea Dietel with questions:

andrea.dietel@pacdvms.com

(620) 437-6182

Accommodations

Overnight accommodations are available at:

Circle B Lodge

Benkelman, NE

(308) 423-2922

 

Room for living quarter trailers is available at Noffsinger Ranch, but water and electric hook-ups are not currently available.  

 

Full hook-ups are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at:

Ward Bond Memorial Park

Benkelman, NE

Horse Requirements

Please ensure your horse is vaccinated for safety of all participants. A health certificate with proof of Negative EIA Coggins and Vesicular Stomatitis are also required.  For more information, please visit: 

https://nda.nebraska.gov/animal/imports/equine-vs.html

Instructors
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Dr. Tom Noffsinger is a founding partner of Production Animal Consultation. He received his DVM from Colorado State University. He also completed the Beef Production Management Series at the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center. He is a member of American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Academy of Veterinary Consultants, American Veterinary Medical Association, and Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Tom has received multiple honors, including the 2001 AVC Consultant of the Year, the 1999 NVMA Distinguished Service Award, and the 2008 AABP Merial Preventative Medicine Award for Beef. Dr. Tom is an expert in low-stress animal handling and staff development. 

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Dr. Kip Lukasiewicz received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1999 from Kansas State University.  Dr Kip’s primary focus is in feedlot consulting, animal handling, and facility design.  He trained under the late Bud Williams and has worked and trained extensively with Dr Tom Noffsinger utilizing Bud’s thoughts on “Low Stress Cattle Handling” and caregiving, traveling the US and Canada as an instructor. He is an active member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Bovine Practitioners.

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Ted Howard’s life has always revolved around the horse.  He holds a deep respect for the horse and has always made his living with one.  As a teenager, he trained and rode racehorses on recognized and bush tracks.  Eventually his size prohibited his jockey career, and he started working in a feedlot.  His twelve years riding pens allowed him to recognize the importance of the horse in relationship to handling cattle. By specializing in horsemanship, Ted can help others utilize the horse to become better stockmen in the feed yard industry.  He appreciates not only working with the PAC members, but also the hard-working men and women in the feed yards.