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Dr Cara Sammons-Shepard, DVM is a practicing veterinarian in Maine and New Hampshire, and when on the road, the majority of her patients are goats. She and her husband have owned and operated a commercial farmstead creamery since 2009. In this podcast, Dr Shepard discusses different topics related to goat medicine and husbandry.
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Goat Talk with the Goat Doc Cara Shepard

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Dr Cara Sammons-Shepard, DVM is a practicing veterinarian in Maine and New Hampshire, and when on the road, the majority of her patients are goats. She and her husband have owned and operated a commercial farmstead creamery since 2009. In this podcast, Dr Shepard discusses different topics related to goat medicine and husbandry.
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    Calcium - Overview & Regulation

    Calcium - Overview & Regulation

    This is the first of a couple of episodes talking about calcium. For this first episode, I go into the physiology (I think I kept it mostly under control) of where calcium hangs out in the body and the systems that regulate how much calcium is available for important life functions. The goal of this episode is to have an idea of how this all works when things are normal, so that when things are not normal, we have something to compare to.
    Questions/comments/etc? www.goatdoc.com, goatdoccara@gmail.com, @goat_doc on Instagram

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    • 31 min
    Tales From the Road/Clinic - July 2021

    Tales From the Road/Clinic - July 2021

    A departure from your more goat oriented podcast. In this episode I am going to tell you all about what is going on in the veterinary field as of this moment in July 2021. If you have not already been made aware, the veterinary profession all over the world is experiencing unprecedented and overwhelming demand for services and we are all just trying to keep our heads above water while we try to help as many patients as we possibly can. The field is experiencing higher than normal rates of burnout, individuals leaving the field for a variety of reasons, and it is frustrating for everyone involved. I take some time to tell you all what this experience is like from this side of the fence.


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    • 49 min
    Tales From the Farm Vol 10

    Tales From the Farm Vol 10

    Devin and I recap what all has been going on over the winter and spring at the farm on a rainy truck ride up to my parents' house on the 4th of July. (Sorry about the windshield wiper noise!)


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    • 35 min
    Some Goat Health Topics That Could Use Some Clarification

    Some Goat Health Topics That Could Use Some Clarification

    Got some stuff to clear up for people! You may already know some of these things, but I've had a few things bouncing around in my head lately that I hear people say, or do or read people talking about on the interweb that *aren't* quite right, so here's what I've got to say about those things! Talking about parasites and goat kids, milk fever and pregnancy toxemia, and probably some other stuff stuck in there too.
    Questions/comments/things you want me to clarify more? Send me an email at goatdoccara@gmail.com, find the website at www.goatdoc.com, or come say hi on Instagram @goat_doc.


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    • 19 min
    Buck Keeping

    Buck Keeping

    I got a couple of requests to talk about general buck keeping, so here we go! Also go check out Episode 39 for a more reproductive focused buck episode.
    This episode starts with a step back to talk about the "why" of keeping a buck, then my general nutrition recommendations, and then some of the less charming aspects of keeping bucks.
    Questions/comments/etc? Shoot me an email at goatdoccara@gmail.com, check out the website at www.goatdoc.com, or come say hi on instagram @goat_doc.

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    • 40 min
    Passive Transfer, Colostrum, etc Part 2, mostly FPT and the like.

    Passive Transfer, Colostrum, etc Part 2, mostly FPT and the like.

    More Goat Talk about the whole passive transfer of maternal immunity for our goat kids coming at you in this episode. We talked about the actual amazing importance and complexity to the seemingly simple system of goat kids drinking colostrum in the first 24 hours of their lives in Part 1, so in Part 2, I go into what problems can arise from the failure of passive transfer (FPT), sequelae of FPT, and goat and human behaviors that can cause FPT to be a problem.
    Come say hi on the internet at www.goatdoc.com or @goat_doc on Instagram and Clubhouse!


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    • 37 min

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Emily Eloise 22 ,

Awesome podcast!

Such a great podcast and I’m learning so much for my herd!

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