WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$880 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Animal Health
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
Campus:Njoro Campus
Programme 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.

Programme 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.


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
Examination Regulations
All examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with the examination regulation as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII
Grading System
The grading of examination for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII
Graduation Requirement
To graduate, a student shall be required to take and pass all scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Diploma Classification
The Diploma classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII

Admission Requirements

– The minimum entry requirements for the diploma course are:
– An aggregate score in KCSE of grade C or KCE/EACE Division II or equivalent
– 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
– A certificate with at least a credit pass in Animal Health from a recognised middle level institute or equivalent

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $9
Application Fees for International Students: $9

Application Guidelines:
Required Documents to be attached during Application include:
– Certified copies of your Result Slip, Certificates and Transcripts.
– ORIGINAL RECEIPT (Application Fee): KShs. 2,000 for ALL Degree Programmes and Kshs. 1,000 for all Undergraduate Diploma Programmes: Payable to; Account Name; Egerton University, Kenya Commercial Bank; Account No:1108550703.
– Copy of your National ID Card or Birth Certificate.

Online application procedure

– Simply complete the Egerton University Online Application form and upload all the necessary documents, so that it can be processed by the administrative department
– The application will be complete once all the necessary fees have been paid.

Offline Application Procedure
– An Application form can be downloaded through the school website:
– The application form must be fully filled and the relevant academic documents attached. It must be returned to the admissions office of the university according to the deadline set by the admissions office.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Animal Massage Therapist
– Equine Veterinary Technician
– Veterinary Surgical Technician
– Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Technician
– Zoo Veterinary Technician
– Pet Insurance Agent
– Veterinary Pharmaceutical Sales Represntative

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $880
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,144

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 96,840
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs. 125,892
EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


– Foreign students out of the East African Community pay 30% more that the Kenyan students.
– The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

Relevant Contact

John Mburu
School Office
General Enquiries