There aren't many vets out there who do an even ok job on goats. That leaves a lot of people who have to doctor their own animals. So, what are the vet books that everyone relies on? Diseases of the Goat by John Matthews is the first book I turn to. It's written in fairly technical language so you might need a dictionary to figure some of it out. But it goes into everything from treating infections to surgical procedures. The goatkeeper's Veterinary Book by Peter Dunn is another one on my shelf. I find this book to be too general, personally. The pictures of different disease problems are helpful, but the constant advice is to "call the vet." That advice just isn't any use when there isn't a goat vet anywhere close. The Merck Veterinary Manual is pretty much the bible for drug dosages and interactions. Most medications are not labelled for goats so you have to extrapolate from the cattle or sheep dosages. This is the book your vet keeps around for a reference. You can find used ones on Ebay if the price of the new book gives you a heart attack (it sure gave me one!).