Goat Husbandry Online Course

Goat Husbandry Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Goat production is a growing area with the demand for goat milk, meat and goat fibre increasing continuously. Learn sucessful goat husbandry in this unique 100-hour self-paced online course.

Students study a range of topics including general goat husbandry, kidding, meat and fibre production, dairy production, feed nutrition, goat breeds and more.

This course is offered:

  • online course or correspondence course
  • self paced
  • unlimited tutor support by email
  • online assignment uploads

This course is suitable for:

  • those involved in commercial goat husbandry for meat, fibre or milk production
  • amateur enthusiasts
  • those interested in a range of agricultural animal husbandry

No prior experience is required.

Course Aims:

  • Discuss the significance of goats, the characteristics that differentiate them from other domesticated animals and the scope and nature of goat industries
  • Select appropriate Goat Breeds for specified purposes
  • Describe how goats are bred
  • Determine and manage an appropriate diet for a goat
  • Identify a sick goat
  • Describe common health issues that can affect goats; their prevention and treatment
  • Determine facilities needed, and husbandry tasks that need to be undertaken for the management of a goat
  • Describe Kidding and Raising Kids
  • Explain the commercial farming goats for fibre, meat and other products (excluding dairy)
  • Determine viable plans for farming goats


Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 9 Lessons in this course:

Nature and Scope of Goat Production

  • Introduction and History
  • Biological Terminology
  • Uses of Goats and Goat Production
  • Goats Breeds Overview
  • Introduction to Farm Systems
  • Keeping a Buck
  • Truths and Myths about Goats
  • Goat Psychology
  • Social Structure

Goat Breeds and Breeding

  • Dairy Goats
  • Saanen
  • Toggenburg
  • British Alpine
  • Anglo-Nubian
  • Fleece Goats
  • Angoras
  • Cashmere
  • Meat Goats
  • Boer Goats
  • Spanish Goats
  • Savannas
  • Kiko
  • Myotonic
  • Goat Skin
  • Black Bengal
  • Garganica
  • Pet Goats
  • Australian Miniature
  • Nigerian Dwarf
  • African Pygmy
  • Feral Goats
  • Selection and Breeding General Objectives
  • Reproductive System Anatomy
  • Puberty
  • Breeding Season
  • Flock Mating
  • Pen Mating
  • Hand Mating
  • Reproduction Control Methods
  • Synchronisation of Oestrus
  • Out of Breeding Season
  • Superovulation
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Genetics and Selection
  • Understanding Genes

Feeds and Nutrition

  • Feeding
  • Forage
  • Hay
  • Haylage
  • Straw
  • Wild Plants
  • Concentrates
  • By-products
  • Minerals
  • Feeding Strategies
  • Feeding for milk production
  • Feeding for meat production

Health Management

  • Health Problems
  • Ecopathology
  • Signs of Good Health
  • Bacterial and Viral Diseases
  • Clostridial Diseases
  • Johne’s Disease (Paratuberculosis)
  • Listeriosis
  • Soremouth
  • Slow viruses
  • Parasites
  • Accidents, Emergencies and First Aid
  • Control of Bleeding
  • Tear wounds or lacerations
  • Electric Shock
  • Snake bites
  • Fractures
  • Poisoning
  • Abortion and Genital Processes
  • Chlamidiosis
  • Q Fever
  • Listeriosis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Ketosis
  • Digestive Problems
  • Bloat
  • Choking
  • Acidosis
  • Respiratory problems
  • White Muscle Diseases
  • Pinkeye
  • Urinary Calculi
  • Mastitis
  • Metritis
  • Sanitary Policy of Infectious Goats
  • Choosing a Vet

General Husbandry - Housing, Fencing, Grooming

  • Space Requirements
  • Housing and Fencing
  • Grazing and Pasture Management
  • Free Range
  • Intensive Confinement
  • Combination System
  • Grazing Methods
  • How Much Grazing
  • Other Areas That Can Be Utilised For Grazing
  • Hoof care
  • Disbudding
  • Dehorning
  • Tatooing
  • Vaccination
  • Worming
  • Grooming and Hair Care

Kids and Kidding

  • Hygiene during delivery
  • The delivery
  • Parturition/Birth
  • Care of a neborn kid
  • Early feeding
  • Weaning
  • Castration

Dairy Production

  • Milk Production
  • Lactation Curve
  • Quality and Composition
  • Compositions of goat’s milk
  • Protein
  • Fat
  • Lactose
  • Ash
  • Vitamins
  • Factors of variation
  • Breeds and production systems
  • Age and lactation number
  • Different types of cheese

Meat and Fibre Production

  • Fibre Production
  • Mohair
  • Annual Management of Angora Flock
  • Mohair Production
  • Cashmere
  • Annual Management of a cashmere flock
  • Cashmere Production
  • Meat Production
  • Management of meat flock
  • Slaughter terminology
  • Carcass quality and grading
  • Leather production

Goat Farm Management

  • On the Farm – Buildings and Structures
  • Goat shelters
  • Farming production systems
  • Keeping records
  • Goat Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety Legislation
  • Farm Safety
  • Duty of care (employer and employer duties)
  • Lifting and manual handling
  • Protective Equipment
  • Dealing with chemicals
  • Storgae and disposal of chemicals
  • Handling tools and machinery
  • Safety Audit
  • Marketing your products
  • Advertising your stock
  • Where you can sell

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.