Goats

Bruno, a two-day old baby Nigerian Dwarf goat, stands in a pen with his mother, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 3, 2022, at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Washington State University in Pullman. Bruno was born at the hospital after Sri Lanka’s owner brought her to the hospital unaware that she was pregnant. (College of Veterinary Medicine/Ted S. Warren)

Goat (caprine) health topics

Featured health topics

  • Goat and sheep testing WADDL offers a full line of testing services for goat and sheep herds. For general herd health, we offer the Small Ruminant Biosecurity Screen, which includes caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) and ovine progressive pneumonia (OPP), Caseous lymphadenitis (CL), and Johne’s disease.

Health topics

  • Haemonchus contortus (Barber’s pole worm) in small ruminants Haemonchus contortus, also known as Barber’s pole worm, is a gastrointestinal parasite infecting small ruminants worldwide. WADDL offers the Haemonchus contortus fluorescent assay that can provide identification of Haemonchus contortus within 2-3 days of receiving the sample.
  • Goat and sheep testing WADDL offers a full line of testing services for goat and sheep herds. For general herd health, we offer the Small Ruminant Biosecurity Screen, which includes caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) and ovine progressive pneumonia (OPP), Caseous lymphadenitis (CL), and Johne’s disease.
  • Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae diagnostics in domestic and wild sheep and goats Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae is a respiratory pathogen of caprinae, including domestic sheep, domestic goats, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Learn more about testing and how WADDL can help protect your sheep and goat herds.
  • Caseous lymphadenitis of sheep and goats Caseous lymphadenitis (CL, occasionally abbreviated CLA) is a bacterial infection that can be found in sheep and goats and is caused by Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis resulting in superficial or internal abscesses and recurrent development of abscesses. Learn more about how it is spread and testing with WADDL.
  • Small Ruminant Lentiviruses (SRLV) Small ruminant lentiviruses (SRLV) are a group of closely related viruses that can cause chronic disease, including pneumonia, arthritis, encephalitis and mastitis, in multiple organ systems in goats and sheep. Learn more about how SRLV is spread and testing for the virus through WADDL.
  • Q fever in small ruminants (Query fever; Coxiella burnetii; Coxiellosis) Query or Queensland fever (Q fever) is a bacterium causing infection in a variety of domestic animal species, primarily goats, sheep, and cattle. Learn more about the disease, symptoms, transmission, and diagnosis and testing with WADDL.
  • Pregnancy testing in ruminants WADDL uses a commercially available and licensed enzyme-linked immunoassay Pregnancy Test Kit from IDEXX Laboratories Inc. The test detects early pregnancy-associated glycoproteins as a marker for pregnancy. The test is validated internationally for use in cattle, sheep, goats, and buffalo.
  • Strategies for Johne’s disease Testing Johne’s disease is a contagious, chronic, and usually fatal infection that affects primarily the small intestine of ruminants. WADDL offers a PCR test to detect the disease.