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.
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.
i) The minimum entry requirements for the diploma course are:
ii) An aggregate score in KCSE of grade C or KCE/EACE Division II or equivalent
iii) 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
iv) A certificate with at least a credit pass in Animal Health from a recognised middle level institute or equivalent
204.4 Courses Structure and Duration
i) 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- Diploma
iv) The second digit denotes the level of training
v) The third digit denotes the level of the subject offered
vi) The fourth digit denotes the serial number of the courses in the same level
vii) The B.Sc. or undergraduate courses:
The first digit indicates the year of teaching the course
The second digit indicates level of the subject offered
The third digit indicates the serial number of the courses in the same level
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Diploma classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII