Sandra Baxendell | Centre for Veterinary Education

Sandra Baxendell

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.