Faculty of veterinary medicine and surgery

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About the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Prof. Inyagwa, C. Muleke
(Dip. ANHE, B.V.M, M.V.Sc, Ph.D.)
(Molecular Parasitol & Immunol)
Dean: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery:

To become a leading center of excellence in veterinary education, training, research, outreach and consultancy services.

Our missions are to:
a) To produce high caliber graduates who will provide quality services to Farmers, Government, National and International Institutions.
b) To provide Diagnostic services, Consultancy, Research, Extension, Advisory and Clinical Services nationally, regionally and internationally.
c) To generate relevant technologies through Science Technology and Research Innovations.
The teaching areas in the faculty are;
a) Biomedical  Sciences:  Gross Anatomy, Biochemistry, Histology, Cell Biology,  Embryology, Physiology.
thobiology -Immunology, Clinical pathology, Microbiology, Parasitology, Comparative Pathology
c) Clinical studies-large and small animal medicine and surgery, Theriogeniology Pharmacology & Toxicology
d) Population Medicine - Epidemiology, Food Animal Production, Public Health

Dr. Joel Koske

Dr. JOEL K. KOSKE ( B.V.M, M.Sc, D.T.V.M, M.R.C.V.S)
Lecturer: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.
P. O. Box 536, 20115 EGERTON, Kenya
Mobile: +254 725 632 582
Fax: +254 51 211 1113
Email: jokoske@gmail.com.




University of Liverpool


MSc, D.T.V.M

University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Scotland, U.K.


Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (B.V.M.) Degree

University of Nairobi, Kabete, Kenya.


A’ Level

Kenyatta College


O’ Level

Kericho High School



Boito Intermediate School



Chebilat Primary School


Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology & Parasitology


March, 2008 to Date

Lecturer, Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies

August 2001 –Sept. 2007

Deputy Registrar ( Academic Affairs)

August 1990- August 2001

Lecturer, Department of Animal Health

July 1989- August 1990

Assistant Director of Veterinary Services, Veterinary Research Laboratory Kabete (V.R.L)

December 1984-July 1989

Ag. Chief Veterinary Investigation Officer, V.R.L Kabete

March 1983-December 1984

Senior Veterinary Officer, V.R.L, Kabete

March 1979-March 1983

Senior Veterinary Investigation Officer & Officer-in-charge, VIL, Nakuru

January 1977- March 1979

Veterinary Research Officer, V.R.L Kabete

March 1973-August 1974

Veterinary Officer, V.R.L, Kabete

Key Research Projects
1. Field chemotherapeutic Trials in Ngong, Kilgoris, and Lanet on the efficacy of Bu-Parvaquone in the treatment of East Coast Fever.
2. Long term research project in Kwale District of Kenya to Study the influence of Chemoprophylaxis of trypanosomosis on health and productivity of Zebu cattle.
3. Survey to determine the incidence of brucellosis in Nakuru, Baringo and Laikipia districts of Kenya.
4. Brucellosis vaccination trial in a dairy farm in Nakuru District using reduced- dose, live attenuated Brucella S19 vaccine.
5. Pilot anthelmintic trials in two sheep farms in Nakuru District to determine strategic worm control programmes against helminthosis.
6. National study on the effect of the drug 993C
(present -day Clexon/ Parvaquone) on the treatment of East Coast Fever.
7. Collaborative project jointly between the Von Ostertag Institute, Berlin and the Kenya Veterinary Department on the chemotherapy of Bovine Cysticercosis using Praziquantel on naturally- infected calves from Samburu District of Kenya.



Maloo, S.H, et al. (1989). Health and Productivity of the East African Zebu and under village management in a tsetse-infected area on the coast of Kenya.


Kirui, N.K., et al (1983). Report on Field Chemotherapy Trial to determine efficacy of Parvaquone(Clexon, Welcome Ltd.) against naturally- occurring cases of East Coast Fever in Kenya. Kenya Veterinarian (1983), 7, 13-14.


Koske, J.K and Walter, M. (1979). Taenia saginata Cysticercosis. A comparison of routine meat inspection and carcass dissection in calves. Vet. Rec. (1979).


Walter, M. and Koske, J.K. (1979). The Efficacy of Praziquantel against Tenia saginata Cysticercosis against naturally- infected calves. Tropenmed. Parasit. (1979), 30, 401- 403.


Koske,J.K.(1976). Praparation of Tick-borne Fever Antigen (MSc Thesis).


Wathanga, J.M.,Koske, J.K and Waghela, S.Observations following vaccinations with reduced- Dose S19 Brucellosis in Dairy Cattle in Kenya.


  1. Mineral deficiency conditions in livestock.
  2. Microbiol conditions in livestock.

Diploma in Animal Health

RationaleMankind 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.Programme ObjectivesThe 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.Admission Requirementsi) The minimum entry requirements for the diploma course are:ii) An aggregate score in KCSE of grade C or KCE/EACE Division II or equivalentiii) 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 Sciencesiv) A certificate with at least a credit pass in Animal Health from a recognised middle level institute or equivalent204.4 Courses Structure and Durationi) The Diploma in Animal Health takes three years, two semesters per year.ii) Course codes have four letters indicating the name of the department, followed by three or four digits classifying the course. Diploma programme courses start with 0, followed by three digits.iii) The first digit denotes year of study- Diplomaiv) The second digit denotes the level of trainingv) The third digit denotes the level of the subject offeredvi) The fourth digit denotes the serial number of the courses in the same levelvii) The B.Sc. or undergraduate courses:The first digit indicates the year of teaching the courseThe second digit indicates level of the subject offeredThe third digit indicates the serial number of the courses in the same levelExamination RegulationsAll examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIIIGrading SystemThe grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIIIGraduation RequirementTo graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within the stipulated period.Diploma ClassificationThe Diploma classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII

Faculty of veterinary Medicine and Surgery Programmes

Academic Programmes in the FacultyThe Faculty offers high quality Diploma and degree programs recognised internationally.i. Diploma in Animal Health. – This course offers knowledge in farm animal health and disease.ii. B.Sc. in Animal Health Management; - This course will equip students with preventive veterinary medicine and health of domestic animals, as well as diseases of wildlife.Up-Coming Under Graduate and Graduate Programs1. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery.The program is duly approved by the University Senate and is expected to be launched as soon as approval is granted by the board (KVB). The BVM curriculum is amongst accredited programs by the University’s Commission of University Education (CUE) accreditation report 2013. As an implementation strategy, the University has created a stand - alone Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Two new departments are in place namely: Anatomy and Physiology, and Clinical Studies. Veterinary teaching staff recruitment is ongoing. Construction of the Faculty buildings is poised to commence soon.2. M.Sc. Veterinary ParasitologyThe curriculum is under development and is expected to be launched soon. Short coursesArtificial InseminationThe Faculty is currently offering an intense four weeks course in Artificial Insemination. Up Coming Short CoursesThe following 3-week short courses will be offered in the faculty:

  1. Epidemiology- A Practical Approach Program
  2. Disease Investigation and Diagnostic Course for VIL Staff
  3. Meat Technology


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

The plan to start a new Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Egerton University was unveiled in August 2011 with the ambition of training veterinary clinicians who are globally competitive. Over the last 30years the institution had consistently trained Diploma students in Animal Health. This saw it develop basic infrastructure for the envisaged BVM program overtime. A student-led livestock farm is located on the campus for animal handling and clinical practice. The new veterinary school is poised to embrace the ‘One Health – One Medicine’ philosophy will be realized in collaboration with government support and global partners. Existing programs in the faculty include the renowned Diploma in Animal Health – duration 3years and the B.Sc. Animal Health Management – duration 4 years. Recruitment of new academic and technical staff, revision of the BVM curriculum, design and construction of the faculty buildings are underway in readiness for the first cohort of students. This is subject to approval by the Kenya Veterinary Board. The projected Veterinary Buildings and infrastructure will comprise: 15 state of the art lecture theatres; up to date veterinary laboratories (Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Bacteriology and Immunology, Parasitology, Virology, Clinical Biochemistry, Public health, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Surgical Theaters, Theriogenology, Radiography (CT Scan, X-Ray, MRI Lab), Nutrition and Genetics, Biotechnology, staff offices and administration block.  A large and small animal hospital, Incinerator, horse stable, sick animal isolation pens, and veterinary library.Rationale for the 2nd Veterinary School in KenyaCurrently there is only one School of Veterinary Medicine in the country. Egerton University has long tradition of agricultural training with that has seen it build basic infrastructure and capacity. The new School of Veterinary Medicine is ideally timed to provide an alternative to the traditional veterinary education curriculum and is responding to the demands of a changing profession with fresh plans, ideas and enthusiasm.  Enticing newly developed state of the art facilities will make Egerton University an excellent veterinary student town.  The new School of Veterinary Medicine is perfectly placed geographically to provide a veterinary education fitting for the 21st century. The philosophy of One Health-One Medicine is undeniably the single most important movement in medical science today. By making this a cornerstone of the educational platform at the new veterinary school, Egerton University will undoubtedly inspire a new breed of veterinary clinician.  This next generation of vets will be eminently employable as clinicians, scientists or researchers in a globally changing healthcare market for animals and for humans.