61 episodes

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.

Goat Talk with the Goat Doc Cara Shepard

    • Life Sciences

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.

    Neonatal Kids

    Neonatal Kids

    In this episode, I discuss how we manage our goat kids during the first 1-3 days of their lives, what we do immediately after birth, the MOST IMPORTANT 2 THINGS to do with your neonatal kids, and talk about a few things that people tend to want to do with goat kids, that mostly don't do anything to help the goat kids.

    • 34 min
    Tales From the Farm Vol 5

    Tales From the Farm Vol 5

    What we've been up to for the past month. This episode is probably not as exciting as previous TFTF episodes, but if you're curious about what we've been up to, here it is!

    • 28 min
    Kidding 2020 - Recap & Reassurance

    Kidding 2020 - Recap & Reassurance

    Kidding season is upon us. By request, this episode recaps some of my thoughts about kidding, when to intervene in a delivery, what things I get excited about, and what things I don't get excited about.
    For more kidding info, also make sure to check out Episode 19: Care of the Pregnant Doe, Episode 21: The Periparturient Doe, and Episode 23: Ode to the Placenta.
    Happy #kidding2020, y'all!

    • 44 min
    Tales from the Farm Vol 4

    Tales from the Farm Vol 4

    The next volume in the saga of moving in and some of the problems, solutions and new critters on the farm.

    • 35 min
    Pregnancy Toxemia

    Pregnancy Toxemia

    Join me as I geek out about the physiology of pregnancy toxemia. This small ruminant metabolic disorder of late pregnancy is characterized by a negative energy balance- the doe can't take in enough energy to meet her needs and the energy needs of her growing babies. What all is happening there from a physiological standpoint, what do these does look like in real life, what do we do about it? I keep going back to the physiology in this one, sorry guys, but hopefully I didn't get too intense about it! Let me know what questions you have: www.goatdoc.com

    • 33 min
    Tales From the Farm Vol 3

    Tales From the Farm Vol 3

    Tales From the Farm continue with me and Devin recapping the last few months leading up to moving our lives, goats, home, and dairy to a new location.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

Thanks Goat Doc! ,

Great Resource!

I have been a goat farmer for 6 years now and one of the most frustrating things is getting misinformation and conflicting information from both other goat owners and even from large animal vets with limited goat experience. I read a LOT about goats and there is some really bad advice out there. As Dr. Shepard is both a long time goat owner and a vet, it gives me great reassurance to hear her point of view. This is a great resource for both new and old goat owners.

Mikeinloomis ,

Amazing!

Cara has amazing information to share and her straightforward delivery makes complicated topics understandable.

denise.d.goat ,

Goat Talk rocks!

If you have goats, you’ll want to listen. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, and you’ll be so glad you tuned in. I’m kind of sad I don’t live in Maine!

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