- Brief History
- Message from the Chairperson
- Vision, Mission & Core Values
- Service Charter
- Annual Report
- Departmental Committees
- Previous chairpersons
Training in Agriculture and Veterinary sciences started with a Diploma certificate in veterinary training in 1942. The degree program in Veterinary Sciences was launched in July 1962. The Faculty of Veterinary Sciences was then a part of Makerere College of University of East Africa. The Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology was among the first departments that started with set-up of the faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of East Africa, Makerere in July 1, 1962.
The University of East Africa was dissolved in July 1970, following the strong urge for autonomy for the newly independent countries of East Africa, to establish respective universities. As a result the University of Nairobi was established in 1970. The Faculty of Agriculture was started at upper Kabete campus to join the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences as part of the University of Nairobi. The Department is one of the
The Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology is located on Upper Kabete Campus on Loresho Ridge Road, off Kapenguria Road, approximately 2 kilometers from the main Nairobi-Kikuyu-Limuru Highway. It is approximately 15 kilometers North-West of Nairobi City center. The Department comprises the following sections: 1) Pathology section (gross-pathology, histopathology and clinical pathology); (2) Microbiology (Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology and Immunology) and (3) Parasitology (helminhology, entomology and protozoology); and carries out the following other services: diagnostic pathology, diagnostic microbiology, diagnostic parasitology, poultry clinic, and mycotoxin analysis.
The department is involved in:-
Being an integral part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, the department is charged with the responsibility of providing a leading role in veterinary education and training, research, diagnostic services, clinical poultry practice, and technology transfer (extension) at national, regional and international levels. To this end, it is faced with a challenge of promoting confidence in the Kenyan farmer of today, who continues to face challenges emanating from environmental changes, diseases (including emerging and re-emerging) and increasing costs of production. Consequently, the department positions itself to play a role in seeking solutions for these challenges.
Agriculture is the mainstay of the livelihoods of people and the economy of Kenya. Recognizing this fact, the department, as part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, endeavors to train high-level manpower to serve various agricultural sub-sectors. At the same time, it conducts both basic and applied research towards increasing agricultural productivity in various ecosystems. Its members have also been involved in various national and regional committees responsible for promoting awareness on various diseases (enzootic, emerging and re-emerging ones) and drawing government guidelines towards disease prevention, control and emergency preparedness. Examples of these are:-
2005 to 2010 - Prof. N. Maingi
1999 to 2005 - Prof. L.C. Bebora
February 1993 to January 1999 – the late Prof. T.A. Ngatia
1985 to January 1993 - Prof. P.N. Nyaga
1970 to 1985 – the late Prof. G.M. Mugera
1966 to 1970 - Prof. W.B. Martin