Goat Medicine and Surgery
by David Harwood, Karin Mueller
As textbooks go, this is one of the few that I may actually choose to read in a spare moment, not just when madly researching what could possibly be the problem when I get called to a goat farm. It contains interesting information on the background of goat farming, goat behaviour, nutrition and husbandry in the introductory section… This hardback, logically presented book will live on a handy shelf to be used on a regular basis.
- Covers both goat medicine and surgery
- Covers basic anatomy, commons breeds and husbandry
- Includes new and emerging diseases
Goats are one of the most widely kept domestic animals globally, mainly as a result of the relative ease with which they can be kept and the obvious benefits provided to those who keep them. Goat Medicine and Surgery describes the key diseases that can have an impact on goat health and welfare worldwide, providing information on diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, management and control.
- Covers basic anatomy, common breeds and husbandry.
- Divided into chapters covering each body system
- Offers the common differential diagnoses, followed by the specific diagnosis and recommended treatments
- Covers a wide range of disorders, including new and emerging diseases
Modern goat keeping gives us a full spectrum of activity from nomadic tribes moving with their animals, to the range-keeping in Australia, to units fattening goat kids for meat and to intensive goat dairy production systems. Alongside these production systems are those in which goats are kept in small numbers as a hobby, as pets and at public attractions. This book deals with the diseases and challenges impacting all kinds of goats and their owners. It will be invaluable to veterinarians in practice and training, animal scientists and agricultural advisors, as well as scientists interested in animal welfare.