Event Summary

Sheep and goat topics will be the focus of this one-day continuing education opportunity. Participants will learn about the treatment of common sheep and goat diseases, prevention and control of chronic diseases, prevention of pregnancy toxemia, how to help producers with sheep and goat dystocias, and proper neonatal lamb and kid care.

Featured Speaker

Joan Bowen


Fort Collins, CO

Following graduation from Colorado State University in 1976, Dr. Joan Bowen opened a mobile small ruminant veterinary practice in Weld and Larimer Counties in northeastern Colorado.  Part of those duties included herd health services for the Colorado State University Bovine Embryo Transfer Program from 1978-1980 and the American Breeders Service Artificial Insemination Facility from 1980 to 1996.

Over the years, the majority of Dr. Bowen’s clients have been small farm flock sheep and goat producers, and while on farm calls, she has provided a variety of small animal services as requested by clients. Dr. Bowen has raised Saanen dairy goats, lambs and calves for 45 years.

As an active member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP) since 1975, Dr. Bowen has served in multiple positions on the Board of Directors including two terms as President from 2005-2007 and 2011-2013. She represented AASRP in the AVMA House of Delegates from 2009 through 2019, and on the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee from 2012 through 2018. Dr. Bowen has participated in and provided program planning for several large national conventions and was honored as the North American Veterinary Food Animal Speaker of the Year in 2005 and 2015.

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Event Schedule

POSTPONED  April 2 / 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

8:30 a.m.


9:00 a.m.

Program Begins

Practical Treatment of Common Sheep and Goat Diseases

Producers often contact veterinarians for immediate treatment of life- threatening emergencies such as neonatal challenges, enterotoxemia, mastitis,  pneumonia and tetanus. These problems often occur due to producer’s lack of knowledge about biosecurity, livestock production, ruminant nutrition and specific disease prevention strategies. This session addresses diagnosis and treatment of these common diseases, as well as how to prevent recurrence through improved management practices and biosecurity.

Prevention and Control of Chronic Insidious Diseases of Sheep and Goats

Chronic insidious diseases such as mycoplasma, ovine progressive pneumonia, caprine arthritis-encephalitis, contagious abscesses and Johnes disease cause significant economic loss through decreased lifespan, growth rate, milk production and animal sales. While these diseases often enter the herd through purchase of asymptomatic carriers, direct contract transmits these diseases slowly among adults over time, and quickly to neonates through colostrum, milk, and directed contact. There is no effective treatment for any of these diseases, and the focus of this session will address prevention and control programs.

Prevention of Pregnancy Toxemia in Sheep and Goats

Both producers and veterinarians often overlook the nutritional management of the late pregnant, non-lactating small ruminant as their focus is directed toward parturition and onset of lactation. Understanding the metabolic demands throughout gestation and the need to provide an increasing plane of nutrition as pregnancy advances are the basis for preventing pregnancy toxemia, improving neonatal survival and increasing milk production postpartum.

Achieving Vaginal Deliveries in Difficult Sheep and Goat Dystocias

Veterinarians help sheep and goat producers improve the outcome of normal  parturition and dystocia by teaching their clients the different stages of labor,  how to determine if parturition is progressing normally and when to  intervene. Early intervention in dystocia, altering the position of the  parturient dam or fetuses, and removal of all fetuses reduce the incidence of Caesarian Section, increase the incidence of vaginal deliveries and improve both dam and neonatal survival.

Neonatal Lamb and Kid Care

Environment, management practices and nutrition during the neonatal period dramatically impact the lifelong health and growth of lambs and kids. Topics include pasteurized and dam-rearing, colostrum management, nutrition, and common neonatal procedures such as disbudding, castration and tail docking. Common diseases such as diarrhea, omphalophlebitis, coccidiosis and rickets will also be addressed.

Treatment and Prevention of Coccidiosis in Sheep and Goats

Coccidiosis is a common cause of diarrhea in young sheep and goats, and its incidence is markedly impacted by overcrowding, stress, fecal contamination of food and water, and cleanliness of the environment. All adult ruminants harbor coccidia in their small intestines and serve as a reservoir for environmental contamination, but not all species of coccidia cause clinical disease. This session discusses treatment and control programs for young stock to prevent clinical disease, poor long-term growth, and low performance.

4:30 p.m.



Dodge County Administration Building
127 E Oak St
Juneau, WI 53039
(920) 386-3600


  • Member

  • $160
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

  • Non-Member

  • $ 250
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

  • Student Member

  • $ 35
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

  • Student Non-Member

  • $ 70
  • Pre-registration required. No walk-ins will be accepted. The WVMA must be made aware of substitutions prior to the date of the event. No refunds.

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