Your instructor

Sez the vet

Dr Sez is a lifestyle block vet, with a passion for caring for the backyard farm pet. Born and raised on a lifestyle block, she grew up around goats, sheep, chooks, horses and more, developing a passion for caring for and bettering the welfare of our farm animals from a young age. Dr Sez initially studied animal behaviour, further fuelling her passion, before returning to New Zealand to become a qualified vet. She now works with the many lifestyle blocks of the South Auckland region and runs the YouTube channel ‘Sez the Vet’, airing interesting and topical weekly episodes on the health of your farm animals.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • A message from your instructor, Sez

    • How to use this course

    • Please answer a few quick questions to help us help you

  • 2

    Module 1 - Getting started

    • First things first

    • Talk like a farmer

    • Legal responsibilities

    • What you need to provide

    • What's the plan?

    • What breed would suit your block?

    • Buying - how, where and how many?

    • How are you feeling so far?

    • Sheep M1 - Coursebook

  • 3

    Module 2 - Set up to succeed

    • What we'll cover

    • Fencing

    • Yards

    • Equipment

    • A few questions

    • Sheep M2 - Coursebook

  • 4

    Module 3 - Nutrition

    • Introduction to nutrition

    • How the rumen works and why you need to know

    • Building blocks of nutrition

    • Practical feeding

    • Feeding lambs

    • Test your knowledge

    • Sheep M3 - Coursebook

  • 5

    Module 4 - Behaviour

    • Behaviour

    • Sheep senses

    • Aging sheep by their teeth

    • Normal behaviour

    • Social cues

    • Handling sheep

    • Holding & tipping sheep

    • Making friends

    • Sheep M4 - Coursebook

    • Test your sheep know-how

  • 6

    Module 5 - Husbandry

    • Husbandry

    • Examining your sheep

    • Body Condition Scoring (BCS)

    • Body Condition Scoring sheep

    • Lamb care

    • Worms & drenching

    • Shearing, flystrike & foot care

    • Anatomy of the sheep hoof

    • When to call the vet

    • Sheep M5 - Coursebook

    • Test your husbandry know-how

  • 7

    Module 6 - Production

    • Production

    • Meat

    • Selling livestock

    • Milk

    • Wool

    • Sheep M6 - Coursebook

    • That's it!

    • Please tell us how we did

  • 8

    Extras

    • NRM Sheep & Lamb Guide

    • Fast facts on sheep

    • Catching and tipping sheep

    • Hoof trimming sheep

    • Crutching sheep

Everything you need

  • Video lessons

    Join Sez the vet as she shares with you advice and tips about all aspects of farming sheep on a lifestyle block in New Zealand.

  • Coursebooks

    Each module comes with a downloadable coursebook - no need to take notes!

  • Extras

    We have helpful handouts, fun quizzes and some cool memes to share too!

Enroll now!

Fast track your sheep farming know-how.