BVSc (Hons) PhD MACVSc
Dr Sandra Baxendell is a university of Queensland graduate who got her first goat in 1971, the same year she started her veterinary undergraduate study. She then went on to do her PhD using goats as her experimental model. During her studies and her work in the QLD department of primary industries - until she moved to western Australia - Sandra had a dairy goat stud and a commercial goat dairy on the outskirts of Brisbane. In Western Australia she worked first for a family agribusiness with thousands of cashmere, rangeland and angora goats and then was head of school of rural production at Curtin university. She returned to Queensland to work for a second time in the QLD DPI in various management roles including regional director based in Toowoomba and then as general manager of chemical use & food safety in Brisbane. For her work in the former position, she was awarded a public service medal. While based in Toowoomba she did her master’s degree in rural systems management. After leaving the department early in 2013, she set up a goats only veterinary & consultancy business (www.goatvetoz.com.au ).
Sandra did her membership exam in goats and wrote “the diagnosis of the diseases of the goat” for the vade mecum series, which is still available electronically. Sandra has acted as an examiner for goats for the Australian New Zealand College of Veterinary Science and is the president of the small ruminant chapter of the College. Sandra has been recognised by the goat industry by being given a life member of the Goat Breeders Society of Australia.