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The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is one constituent of the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences  [CAVS]. Situated about 15 Kilometers westwards of Nairobi City , the environment is conducive to scholarly undertaking. Training in Veterinary Medicine started with Diplomates in 1942 under the umbrella of Makerere University . The Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine [BVM] programme was launched in July 1962 under the then University of East Africa. In July 1970, following the dissolution of the University of East Africa, the Faculty became fully fledged and part of University of Nairobi . The Faculty grew through the 1960' and 1970's and was mainly supported by countries such as USA , Germany and Norway to name a few. To date it is the only Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Kenya . It has a considerable human resource base comprising Professors, Senior Lecturers, Lecturers and other PhD holders as well as other cadre of staff in support of  it's core functions. Since inception, the Faculty has trained many veterinarians and postgraduates for Kenya, and other African countries in addition to some nationals of a  few western countries . Currently, some of the Faculty's alumni occupy high positions in the corporate world and others in the Diaspora.

The teaching Departments are five (5) and in addition, there is large farm used both for teaching good farming practices and also production of milk, poultry, pigs and sheep. Since its inception, the Faculty has continued to diversify it's teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the field of Veterinary Medicine. In conjunction with the School of Medicine, the Faculty trains Biomedical Scientist, thus allowing Certificate, Diploma and Higher Diploma holders to enroll for a degree in this emerging discipline where the demand is now increasing among Hospitals, Diagnostic Laboratories and Research Institutions. The Faculty has a BSc programme in Wildlife Sciences with specialization options in Conservation, Wetlands, Tourism and Fisheries.

Several Postgraduate programmes (MSc and PhD) are available so that every Department has one or more programs per discipline. A Diploma in Animal Health and Production is offered as a three-year program to allow certificate holders from the AHITI's ascend and even enroll for a Bachelors degree in Veterinary Medicine. Short Certificate courses are offered in various Departments. Consultancy and other services are offered to various individual or corporate customers and are department based. These details are available at the Departments.

The Faculty attracts donor funding to engage in relevant research. In recognizing the world as a global village and the need to address current issues and trends, the Faculty collaborates with peer National and International Training and Research Institutions. During the last Academic year the Faculty for the first time sent four (4) 4th year BVM students on an exchange program to Universities and Veterinary Clinics USA. The faculty also hosted two Veterinary students from a Veterinary School in the USA . This will continue into the future and will further help to benchmark the training and research for relevance. This strengthens useful networks and helps to keep standards that will sustain our vision which is " To be a Leading Centre of Excellence in Education, Training, Research, Outreach and Consultancy in Veterinary, Biomedical, Wildlife, Fish, Environmental and Allied Management Sciences."


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