WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$636 /year
Applications Begin:August 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Animal Health and Production
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies
Campus:Main Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

1. Introduction
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%.

This programme is aimed at producing diploma holders, 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 understanding of 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, diagnostic and research laboratories, as well as an extension service.

2. Philosophy
Enhancing animal health and productivity for food security, income generation and development of the country.

3. Rationale
The contribution of the livestock sector to the total GDP is only 5%. Whereas a number of production systems in the country 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 in the area of animal health and production.

4. Goal
The programme aims to produce middlelevel diploma holders to beat the forefront in animal production and disease control programmes to enhance food security.


Schedule of Courses

Gross Anatomy
Embryology & Histology
Animal Physiology
Introduction to Computer Applications
Introductory Mathematics
Basic Chemistry
Introduction to Soil Science
Environmental Education

Principles of Range Management
General Pathology
Basic Microbiology
Animal Health Applied Skills
Basic Biochemistry
Agribusiness Management

Rural Sociology
Pasture and Fodder Crops Production
Clinical Pathology
Basic Immunology and Vaccines
Animal Nutrition & Livestock Feeding
Basic Animal Genetics & Breeding
Livestock Production Systems-Ruminants

Routine Livestock Practices
Pharmacology and Toxicology
Bacterial and Fungal Diseases
Field Training
Agricultural Statistics and Experimentation
Livestock Production Systems-Non-Ruminants

Agricultural Extension
Viral, Ricketsial and Parasitic Diseases
Herd Health Management
Zoonoses and One Health Concept
Project Proposal Writing and Seminars
Farm Structures and Mechanization
Field Attachment (8 weeks)

Metabolic, Nutritional and Reproductive Disorders
Farm Management and Accounts
Public Health, Epidemiology and Animal Industry
Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law
Apiculture & Aquaculture
Project Report Writing and Seminars

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
The minimum entry requirements for the diploma course are:-
Holders of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with at least an aggregate of C and a grade of at least C, Biol or Biological Sciences, at least C–in Chem or Physical Sciences, in Engl or Kiswahiliand either Mathematics or Agriculture.Holders of KCE/EACE certificate with a Division II and at least a credit in English or Kiswahili, Biology or Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Physical Sciences plus either Mathematics, or Agriculture.

Holders of an “A” level certificate with a Principal pass in Biology and at least a subsidiary pass in Chemistry.

Holders of a credit pass certificate in animal health/agriculture/range management/wildlife health/dairy technology or equivalent with at least an aggregate of C-at KCSE or Division III at KCE, from institutions recognized by Chuka University Senate.

Holders of a diploma in biomedical discipline recognized by Chuka University Senate.Any other qualification equivalent to the above from an institution recognized by Chuka University Senate

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Application Guidelines
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website:; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for Phd programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.

The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate

– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes

Career Opportunities

Expected Learning Outcomes
On completion of the course the student should be able to Identify and effect control measures on important diseases of food producing animals.
Participate in other aspects of livestock production and related enterprises

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $636
Tuition Fees for International Students: $795

Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 70,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 87,500
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.

Relevant Contact

General School Office
For General Enquiries
Dr. Geoffrey Gathungu
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Studies