(First Edition Copy)
by Mary C. Smith and David M. Sherman
First that should be noted is that both authors are veterinarians - David M. Sherman from Newton, Massachusetts and Mary C. Smith from Ithaca, New York. Whilst the book was written for veterinary practitioners dealing with diagnosis and treatment of individual goats, you may find you'll have to look up a few terms.
This is not an inexpensive book to buy but when compared to the cost of a veterinarian visit, is easily justified. We treat the things we feel comfortable treating and this book definitely helps with a diagnosis and to guide the treatment.
While there are not a lot of photographs in the book, there are clinical sign descriptions and treatment and control sections that make for easy reference and an easy to navigate index.
We found it refreshing that the information contained in this book is just about goats - most books seem to be geared more towards sheep with a little written about goats so this is truly a great book to have for goat owners.
A first edition copy you can find online will cost between $50 to $100 dollars and a second edition copy will set you back about $135 dollars. It should be noted that from reading online reviews, the first edition copy has a much better index which is important for goat owners looking to easily find things.
We found the book easy to navigate and follow. We think this is a great resource for goat owners looking for information and possible treatments for their goats especially if they do not have a veterinarian in there area experienced with goats.