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Ill Thrift in Goats Project


APHA and the University of Surrey are offering you and your farm clients the opportunity to investigate ill thrift in breeding female goats until the end of March 2022.


  • Free post-mortem and ancillary testing for parasite burdens, Johnes, CAE and CLA in addition to other potential causes of ill thrift. 2-3 female goats per farm are eligible to be included in the project
  • Full post-mortem report on submitted animals 
  • Goats must be submitted as a batch, serum blood sampled and euthanized by injection. Full farmer questionnaire (attached) must be completed prior to goats being submitted
  • Farms over 1 hour from the Veterinary Pathology Centre (GU2 7AQ) are eligible for free collection otherwise farmer delivery is possible with prior appointment


To participate in this project, we recommend early communication with the VPC and any questions can be emailed to Chief Resident in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology & APHA Surveillance Liaison, Dr Marvin Firth or 01483 689823.