Egerton University

Egerton University (EU)

Diploma in Animal Health

  • Diploma Program
  • Duration : 3 years

Course Overview

Mankind has for many centuries depended substantially on animals, not only for food, but also for a wide variety of animal by-products and services. Livestock provide all the milk and meat consumed worldwide.

In Kenya, as in many developing countries, the share of agriculture in GDP is important, with the average for all countries in Tropical Africa being 29%. The contribution of the livestock sector to the total GDP however, is only 5%. Although a number of production systems aim at increasing meat and milk production, they are confronted by a number of constraints, notably animal diseases and poor reproductive efficiency. The Government of Kenya and a few non-governmental organizations have in recent times initiated projects and programmes aimed at improving livestock health and productivity.

As a result of increasing human population and diminishing farm sizes, there is a need for manpower with current and specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes in practically oriented extension services.

Minimum Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the diploma course are:

  1. An aggregate score in KCSE of grade C or KCE/EACE Division II or equivalent
  2. Individual score of grade C (KCSE) or credit in each of the following subjects: English/Kiswahili, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or, Physical Sciences, Biology or Biological Sciences
  3. A certificate with at least a credit pass in Animal Health from a recognised middle level institute or equivalent

Course Objectives

The training programme is aimed at producing a diplomate, equipped with adequate, basic theoretical, and practical knowledge in farm animal health and disease control.

In order to achieve this objective, the course extends over a period of three years, of two semesters each. The early part of the programme covers the basic courses which include Chemistry, Biological and Physical Sciences. Anatomy, Physiology, Animal nutrition, Genetics, and Introduction to General Pathology. These subjects form the basis for the study of animal diseases and their control in later stages.

The student‘s outlook on agricultural and livestock industries, is broadened by the inclusion of support courses in other disciplines like Agronomy, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Production, Agricultural Economics, and Extension Education.

The teaching facilities include a demonstration and commercial farm, an abattoir, diagnostic and research laboratories, as well as an extension service. On completion of the course the diplomate should be able to identify and effect control measures on important diseases of food producing animals, as well as participate in other aspects of livestock production and related enterprises.

Course Program

The Diploma in Animal Health programme at Egerton University extends over a period of three years, of two semesters each.

The early part of the programme covers the basic courses which include Chemistry, Biological and Physical Sciences. Anatomy, Physiology, Animal nutrition, Genetics, and Introduction to General Pathology. These subjects form the basis for the study of animal diseases and their control in later stages.

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