Department of Zoological Sciences
There are linkages between the department and the following institutions:
- Kenya marine and fisheries research institute (KEMFRI)
- National Museums of Kenya
- Swidish University of Agriculture
- Directorate of veterinary services, Ministry of Agriculture livestock
Resources and Facilities
The Department of Zoological Sciences has three teaching Laboratories with capacity of 150 students, two research laboratories and a Resource room and Conference facility
It has one of the best breeding unit producing the following laboratory animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, mice and bats), Sheep and goat pen, Cattle shed, Insectry (cockroaches, desert locusts), fish pond and a snake pit. The department has a museum with a collection of over 200 specimens representing the entire animal kingdom. The department has an experimental garden where fodder crops for animals are produced
The Department of Zoological Sciences seeks to provide an environment for learning that produces graduates with knowledge, skills and competence in the labour market. It prepares graduates for a wide range of zoological sciences related careers. Graduates from the Department of Zoological Sciences have been employed in industries, National and International Research Institutions, Health Institutions, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries, Secondary schools and Polytechnics, Universities, Government departments and Non-governmental organizations. In addition, they have been able to fit into careers not closely related to biology such as the insurance and banking industries.
Academic Staff and Specializations
The department has a competent academic staff 18 in total of which 17 are Ph.D holders. There are 4 professors and 5 senior lecturers. The academic staff members are specialized in different areas including Aquatic Sciences, Ecology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Entomology, Immunology, Parasitology, Physiology and Evolutionary Biology.
The department trains post graduate (MSC and PhD) in the following areas: immunology, Parasitology, Animal Ecology, Physiology, Medical and Agricultural entomology and aquatic sciences. The department also has the largest number of postgraduate’s enrolment in the region.
The following BSC programs are resident in the Department of Zoological sciences:
Staff members and postgraduate students are involved in research in:
- Aquatic Sciences
- Biological control of crop pests
- Disease control
- Biodiversity and conservation biology
- Population studies
- Cell and Molecular biology
- Public Health