Goat Medicine & Husbandry | Centre for Veterinary Education

Goat Medicine & Husbandry

An introduction to the medicine and basic surgery of goats with an aim to have more veterinarian willing to take on goats as patients. Currently goat owners complain that they often cannot find veterinarians willing to treat their goats.

Much of what we do in treating goats is extrapolated from sheep medicine, but there are some unique features of goat veterinary medicine that are easily learnt.  

This course will present the latest evidence based approach to treating goats of any age, focussing on the main chronic infectious diseases such as Johne’s disease and Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis.  Internal parasites and the need to manage them with a range of tools will also be covered.  This course is based on the tutor’s personal experience with goats since 1971 and will get you up to speed in the key areas needed to provide effective veterinary care to goats. The unique aspects of caring for goats, as compared to sheep and cattle will also be addressed.


Learning Objectives


By successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Confidently assess a goat as to its general wellbeing and diagnose common diseases.
  • Confidently advise goat owners about biosecurity and do a biosecurity plan that will protect them from the main diseases of concern.
  • Understand how goats can be added to your client mix with only a few additional veterinary medicines and equipment.
  • For veterinarian with no previous experience in goats, the basics will be covered in a set of written notes with embedded videos of basic procedures.


  1. Husbandry and Diseases of Kids
  2. Biosecurity
  3. Diseases of Adult Goats
  4. Parasites of Goats

Course Delivery

This course includes:

  • A set of written notes and photographs within each module
  • Self-assessed multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge and understanding
  • A discussion forum for conversation, debate and information exchange with your peers and tutors
  • An electronic certificate available for download upon successful completion of the course
  • The estimated time to complete this course is 10 hours and it will be open for 4 weeks.


Monday 8 July - Sunday 4 August 2019
Delivered Online


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 during her work in the Qld Department of Primary Industries, until she moved to Western Australia she 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 department 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.


Course Fees

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