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Goat Medicine & Husbandry

Goat Medicine

Pet goats are becoming more popular and commercial goat herds are growing in size and distribution, so it is important that veterinarians are up to date with their knowledge to provide the best service to goat clients.

Goats have some key differences from sheep and cattle but once these are known, diagnosing and treating goats becomes a lot easier. This course will cover the main diseases of goats (both pet and commercial) as well as biosecurity measures to address untreatable diseases that need to be eradicated or kept out of goat herds. The tutor has run her own commercial dairy goat farm and stud as well as working with large goat farms. She has a goat only vet practice in Brisbane and runs regular training courses for goat breeders across Australia. 

Learning Objectives

After completing this course successfully, you will be able to:
  • Evaluate a flat kid and treat kids for common diseases
  • Carry out common basic surgical husbandry procedures
  • Develop a biosecurity plan after evaluating the existing disease status of a goat herd
  • Recognise and treat common diseases of goats
  • Construct a worm control plan for a goat herd


  1. Husbandry and Diseases of kids 
  2. Biosecurity
  3. Diseases of adult goats 
  4. Parasites of goats 


Monday 8 July - Sunday 4 August 2019
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, Sandra 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

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members