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Pet Goats - What are the Common Tips & Traps?

How to treat pet goats for their common diseases?

Pet goats are becoming more popular and their owners are requesting treatment from vet clinics across Australia.

Many vets wouldn’t have seen some specific goat diseases before and are unaware of the critical differences in presentations of common livestock diseases when they occur in goats, rather than in sheep or cattle. It can be very difficult to treat or control certain goat diseases, when culling isn’t an option, unlike other commercial livestock. Also many veterinary medicines are not registered for use in goats, yet even pet goats are considered food animals by regulatory authorities. 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Learn the key differences between sheep and goats, including differences in dose rates
  • Understand the preventative health husbandry needed by pet goats kept in peri-urban areas
  • Recognize the common disease conditions in male and female goats


Thursday 22 June - Friday 7 July 2017
Delivered Online


PSM, BVSc (Hons), PhD MANZCVS, GCertAppSC(RurExt), GCertPSectMgt, PGDAppSc, MRurSysMan

After graduating in 1975 from the Queensland vet school as joint dux and University medal winner, she went on to do her PhD and college membership in goats.  At the same time, she ran a commercial goat dairy from which she eradicated C.A.E., when this virus was identified and its epidemiology worked out.  Later she moved to Western Australia working for a private farming company setting up a Cashmere and Angora property from scratch with 2000 goats outside of Perth. She then lectured at the Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Curtin University, becoming the Head of School for Rural Technology. In late 1972, she rejoined the Qld department, based in Toowoomba; eventually becoming the Regional Director for Southern Qld. In 2005 she was transferred to the head office of Biosecurity Qld in Brisbane, working in the agricultural and veterinary chemical policy area.  After leaving the department in February 2012, she has set up her own veterinary business seeing only goats and doing consultancies about goats e.g. for Animal Health Australia.    In 1988 she wrote the Vade Mecum, THE DIAGNOSIS OF THE DISEASES OF GOATS, which was later used in full in Hungerford’s Diseases of Livestock as the beginning of the goat chapter.  She was a member of the last Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Advisory Board until it was disbanded in 2015. In her spare-time Sandra campaigns via social media to improve goat health and to eradicate CAE.  

Course Fees

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*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

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