At the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe gross anatomical, histological structures and normal physiological, and biochemical functions of terrestrial and aquatic animals
  2. Explain animal breeding, feeds and feeding, and  production systems of animal production
  3. Identify and characterize parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral aetiological agents of diseases of terrestrial and aquatic animals
  4. Apply diagnostic laboratory skills to diagnose animal diseases, treat clinical, infertility and surgical cases of sick animals
  5. Prevent and control diseases of animals, and provide extension services to stakeholders
  6. Recognize and prevent zoonotic diseases, food contaminations, food and pharmaceutical poisons, and intoxication
  7. Implement policies, legislature and parliamentary acts on terrestrial and aquatic animal health
  8. Apply knowledge and skills acquired in a wide range of courses undertaken in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to pursue postgraduate studies and specialization courses for veterinarians.




Face-to-Face Mode

Lectures, tutorials, practical and post mortem demonstrations, clinical and surgical rotations handling surgical animal patients, assignments on topical subjects for class discussions in presence of the lecturer and self-study as well as scheduled or take-away continuous assessment tests.

Open, Distance and E-Learning Mode

Home and/or office-based media using a variety of self-instructional electronic and online self-study materials, such as; written self-instructional study modules, online interactive devices and self-tests, cloud-based content, videos of lectures mediated technical learning materials e.g. audiovisual and e-learning materials.

Blended Learning Mode

A combination of face-to-face and online learning approaches.

Minimum Admission Requirements

The following shall be eligible for admission: -

  1. A minimum of a C+ in KCSE with at least C+ in Biology or Biological Science and Chemistry and in any one of the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Physical Sciences or Agriculture.
  2. Two principal passes and one subsidiary pass at KACE level or equivalent, one of which must be in Biology and the other in any science subject.
  3. A minimum of a C (plain) in KCSE with an ordinary diploma in Animal /Human Health/Agriculture/Medical Laboratory Technology from a recognized institution.
  4. A minimum of a D (plain) in KCSE with a certificate and a relevant diploma from a recognized institution.
  5. Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from a recognized institution.
  6. Any other qualification equivalent to any of the above, subject to approval by the Senate
  7. Non-English-speaking applicants should undertake English language proficiency test before admission.

Credit Transfer and Exemptions

Credit Transfer

  1. The credit transfer shall be applicable for candidates from universities or institutions recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi. The number of hours, content and grading of course(s) for which credit transfer is sought shall be similar to the degree courses offered at the University of Nairobi.
  2. Only grades of C and above shall be transferred
  3. Transfer of credits shall not be more than a third of the total prescribed courses required for the award of the degree in Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
  4. The relevant academic body approved by the Senate shall make an official evaluation and transfer of credits to the University of Nairobi
  5. Credit transfer shall not be allowed for Field and Industrial Attachments, Research Project and courses in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th year of study.


  1. A candidate may be exempted from some courses on the recommendation of the Faculty Academic Committee and approval by the Senate of the University of Nairobi
  2. A candidate shall have attended those courses in a University or an institution recognized by the Senate of the University of Nairobi and had a Pass grade
  3. A candidate seeking such exemptions shall submit a duly completed form approved by the Senate; specifying the course(s) for which exemption is desired and attach evidence of University Admission Regulations, showing the contents of what was studied.
  4. Courses specified in the Regulations are to satisfy the requirements for the first year of study only. A candidate who requires an exemption from courses in the second, third and fourth year of study shall in the absence of credit transfer, be required to sit university examination(s) and attain at least a pass grade, which will then be used in the classification of the degree
  5. Exemptions shall not apply to Field and Industrial Attachment, Clinics and Research Project Report
  6. Exemptions shall not be allowed for more than one-third of the prescribed courses in the degree program
  7. A candidate admitted into the 2nd year of study shall be deemed to have already been exempted from twenty-five per cent (25%) of the total prescribed courses in the degree programme.


Veterinary Medicine Practitioners (Domestic and Wild Animals and Poultry)

Lecturers/Teachers in institutions of higher learning (Public and Private)

Technical experts in Laboratory Diagnoses (Public and Private Institutions)

Researchers/Scientists in Pharmaceutical industry

Veterinary Public health officers

Researchers in Public and Private Institutions e.g. KALRO, ILRI, IPR

Scientists in Animal feed Industry 

Philosophy, Rationale

COURSE DURATION: Five (5) years


The philosophy of training a veterinary surgeon is to create, develop, distribute and apply knowledge at both local and international levels on animal health care, the welfare of farm, exotic and working animals, and those that need a healthy environment in which to thrive, whether that environment is a rain forest, a desert or even the ocean; research, food safety and inspection testing of animals and animal products for major diseases; develop vaccines and enforce government safety regulations; design and administer animal and public health programs for the prevention and control of diseases transmissible among animals and between animals and people.


The programme is designed to train personnel with the requisite knowledge and skills to work as Veterinary Surgeons, Diagnosticians, Animal Scientists and Nutritionists, Veterinary Pharmacists, Public Health Officers, Epidemiologists and other related professionals for local, regional and international markets. It aims at producing well rounded and competent personnel required to offer high quality veterinary and related services in research, academia, and policy amongst other relevant fields in both the public and private sectors of our economy.

Veterinary medicine as science plays a major role in planning and sustainable development worldwide. This, therefore, demands adequate capacity building in both personnel and technology.  In recognition of this demand, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine together with other stakeholders provides a curriculum aimed at producing graduates who understand the complex and dynamic socio-ecological concepts and principles that support cooperative actions aimed at achieving the country’s, regional and international food security agenda. It provides for market-focused, hands-on, practical oriented training.

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