Prominent Alumni

The Department of Clinical Studies boasts of prominent and distinguished alumni who have scaled to greater hieghts both nationally and Internationally. Some of these alumni are:


PROF. KIPTOON JAPHETH C. BVM, MSc (Vet. Med), PhD (Vet. Med.)

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Chancellor Karatina University

A Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Japheth Chesire Kiptoon was appointed by the President of the Republic of Kenya as Chancellor of Karatina University in early 2013. Previously, Prof.  Kiptoon has served as Chancellor for Maseno University, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. He was former Vice- Chancellor of Egerton University, having also been the Deputy Vice Chancellor. Prof Kiptoon holds the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from the University of East Africa, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nairobi. He has served as Chairman, Department of Clinical Studies and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

PROF. MBITHI PETER MULWA FELIX. BVM,MSc.(Nairobi),M.VSc. (Saskatchewan), Ph.D.(Nairobi)


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Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi


Prof. Peter Mulwa Felix Mbithi is the Vice-Chancellor, and Professor of Veterinary Surgery,University Of Nairobi (UoN). Born in 1956, Prof. Mbithi graduated from the University Of Nairobi (UoN) with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) in 1983 and an MSc. in Clinical Studies in 1985. In 1987, Prof. Mbithi graduated with a Master of Veterinary Science (M.V.Sc. Veterinary Anaesthesiology Radiology and Surgery) from University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Between 1986 and 1987, he did a Surgical Residency – Advanced Surgical Specialty Program at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. In 1995, Prof. Mbithi completed his PhD at UoN. Between 1995 and 2003 he was Chairman, Department of Clinical Studies, in 2003 he served as the Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences until he was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, a position he has held to date. He has supervised MSc students and PhD students and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and is a member of several professional organizations. Clinical veterinary medicine and orthopaedic surgery, wounding and traumatology with special interest in lameness, joint surgery and arthritis are some of Prof. Mbithi research interests.



BVM-UoN, MSc(Clinical Studies)-UoN, PhD(Clinical Studies)-Obihiro University

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Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Egerton University


Prof. Njenga Munene John is an Associate Professor in Clinical veterinary Medicine specialized in clinical protozoology. He is the immediate past dean Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Nairobi and currently deputy Vice-Chancellor Egerton University. He has over 28 years experience in Practical clinical practice and research and has published and presented in conferences over 40 publications. He has wide experience in collaborative research and global partnerships. Currently, He is supervising 3 PhD students in areas of Clinical Veterinary Medicine. He has special interest in finding solutions to zoonoses among the low income people in urban areas


PhD in Farm Animal Medicine and Production,Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM).


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Ag. Principal, College of Agriculture & Veterinary Science, &

Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi


Charles M. Mulei is a professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He is the acting Principal CAVS and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi. He has been in academia for the last 34 years rising from an assistant lecturer in 1979 to a full professor in 2003. He is an academic member of staff in the Department of Clinical Studies, where he teaches Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Animal Health Management (Herd Health) and Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Chemistry. He has demonstrable professional skills in field veterinary work, teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University, scientific publications and extension services. He has a great deal of experience in teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate student’s research projects. He has supervised and examined many Master and PhD theses of both local and international students. He has also been an external examiner in various universities in the region; Makerere University (Uganda), Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania) and University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).Professor Charles M. Mulei has published widely in referred scientific journals. He has published a total of 115 scientific papers; 80 in peer-referred scientific journals and 35in proceedings of scientific conferences and workshops. He has also co-authored NINE scholarly books; Four for university level and Five for secondary school agriculture (Form one to form four pupil’s books).Before becoming Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Professor Charles M. Mulei was the Chairman of Clinical Studies Department for four years. He was an acting Dean for one year before he was voted in as a substantive Dean in December 2012.



PROF Daniel Gakuya

(BVM, MSc, Ph.D.)


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Head of Section, Department of Clinical Studies

Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Prof. Daniel Gakuya is an Associate Professor of  Veterinary   Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical Studies in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. I have experience in teaching and research in   Food animal medicine, wildlife diseases,   Food Animal production management and Ethnoveterinary medicine. I have experience in large animal ambulatory clinics and herd health and Research in medicinal plant products. I have a PhD in Clinical Studies from University of Nairobi, an  MSc  from University of Edinburgh, Scotland  and  a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the  University of Nairobi. I was appointed as  the Chairman of the Department of Clinical Studies in July 2015,  Associate Professor  in  November  2014, after having previously  been appointed as a Senior Lecturer,  Farm Manager  of the  University of Nairobi, Veterinary Farm,  a Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Studies  and Farm manager and Clinician at  Benedictine Monastery Farm, Tigoni. I have published 32 papers in peer reviewed journals and read 48 articles in scientific conferences and workshops. I have supervised 3 PhDs and 7 masters students to completion and  over 10 undergraduate special projects. I am currently involved in the supervision of 2 PhD students and  1 Masters Students. I have attended a number of conferences and workshops.  I am also   currently involved in research on Moringa oleifera a project funded by  Carnegie foundation through RISE AFFNET. I am a member of a number of  Faculty committees.


(BVM, MSc, Ph.D.)


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Professor of Theriogenology


Professor Mutiga is a well-known academic in Kenya specializing in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Agriculture. He has extensive experience in the two areas after many years of teaching, examining and research in them at university level in Kenya, the region and in a number of countries in the world. He holds academic qualifications from Kenya, USA and Australia and is a member a number of professional bodies in the country and beyond. He has published many papers in his area of specialization over the years and his work has been internationally recognized with honours among who is who in science, in the world. Currently he is involved in research aimed at developing a handy Kenyan dairy cow that would utilize minimal resources and achieve reasonable milk yields. In between his academic duties, Professor Mutiga has found time to do many consultancies for international organization such as World Bank, FAO, African Development Bank among others in the areas of livestock. He has chaired many neighbour-hood, School, University and Church committees, and recently participated in formulation of a number of strategic plans. In the area of administration, he has serve as head of department and acted as Faculty Dean and College Principal for a number of years.



BVM (NRB), MSc (NRB), DPVM (RVAC), PhD (Glasgow)


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Professor of Theriogenology


Prof Agumbah graduated from University of Nairobi 1969-1973, BVM. 1974-1978 MSc, DPVM from Royal veterinary and Agriculture University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1975-1976 and a PhD from The University of Glasgow, U.K 1978 -1981. He rose through the ranks and was promoted to Professor of Theriogenology. He has published extensively and is actively leads many research themes in Theriogenology and reproduction.



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Associate Profesor of Small Animal Surgery


Professor Mbugua has lectured to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Small Animal Surgery in the Clinical Studies Department or many years. She has supervised several students in the department at Masters and PhD levels. She has been an External Examiner in Sokoine, Tanzania, Makerere, Uganda and University of Zimbabwe. She specializes in small animal ophthalmology, orthopaedics, neurology and has a special interest in nutrition of dogs and cats and has published widely in the field of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. As the chairperson of the Canine Hip Dysplasia Committee of the Kenya Veterinary Board Prof. Mbugua is in the forefront of encouraging breeders to breed out this condition which causes crippling debilitation to the dog population in Kenya and worldwide. Professor Mbugua has served the profession extensively as an official in the Kenya Veterinary Association and was the chairperson of the Kenya Veterinary Board for 6 years. She was a founding member of the Women’s Branch of the Kenya Veterinary Association and she continues to mentor young lady veterinarians to become the best they can in the field. Her efforts have been recognized in awards from the professional bodies in the country.






Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM),Master of Science(Free University of Brussels-VUB),Ph.D (Clinical Studies)


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Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine

James Kihang’a Wabacha, a veterinarian, obtained a Ph.D. and a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a Master of Science degree from Free University of Brussels. He started his veterinary career as a Veterinary Research Officer at the Ministry of Livestock Development, Kabete, Kenya.  He has worked with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, rising through the ranks to Associate Professor where he teaches clinical and food animal production medicine. He has practiced clinical and herd production medicine in food animals for over 25 years and has taken several courses in management of animal diseases including the use of Standard Methods and Procedures for Animal Disease Control at the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Texas AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M University System, United States of America.  He has had progressive experience in animal health research for over 25 years and has published over forty publications in various aspects of animal health and development. He has skills and knowledge of higher education management having been an administrative and academic head of the Department of Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi for six years, and having taken several short-term courses in management including strategic faculty management, financial management and quality assurance at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Germany. James has international experience in livestock development and in the last four years has been working with countries in the Greater Horn of Africa to implement sanitary measures to facilitate trade in livestock and livestock products in the region and with livestock trading partners in the Middle East. James is currently on leave of absence, working with the Interafrican Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), a technical office of the African Union Commission in charge of livestock development in Africa.  At AU-IBAR, James has been a manager for several livestock development projects including the Somali Livestock Certification Project (SOLICEP) and a USAID-funded project, Standard Methods and Procedures in Animal health (SMP-AH) aimed at promoting coordination and harmonisation of disease control measures of trade-related TADs in the Greater Horn of Africa. In these responsibilities, he has been involved in project design, provision of project direction and management and coordination among various actors. James is also the Secretary of the International Scientific Council on Trypanosomiasis Research and Control (ISCTRC) at AU-IBAR.


PROF John Demesi Mande

(BVM, MSc, Ph.D.)


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Associate Professor, Veterinary Surgery

Prof. John Demesi Mande holds the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (1989), Master of Science Clinical Studies (1993) and Doctor of Philosophy (2003) degrees from the University of Nairobi. He has over 21 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice of Small Animal Surgery, having been appointed as Assistant Lecturer (1992), Lecturer (1993) and Senior Lecturer (2004). He has served on various Departmental and Faculty Committee including the Faculty Curriculum Committee, Veterinary Faculty Farm Management Committee, and Faculty Time Tabling Committee among others.Dr. Mande has a wealth of experience in leadership and administrative functions gained from serving as Board Members as follows: Kenya Dairy Board (2006_2009) where he was a Member of the Technical and Marketing Committee; Kenya Veterinary Board (2011-2015) where he is an active Member of the Technical Committee on Education and Quality Assurance (TeCEQuA), Ministerial Taskforce on Development of Training in Leather and Leather Products (2007-2009: Ministerial Taskforce on Review of CAP  360 and Animal Welfare Policy (2012- to date).He is a registered Veterinary Surgeon, an active Member of the Kenya Veterinary Association, the current Editor In Chief of the Kenya Veterinarian, a peer-reviewed Scientific Journal of the Kenya Veterinary Association, and a Member of the Kenya National Academy of Sciences.