Skip to main content

Home Animal Science and Fisheries

Chair of Department
Dr. Erick O. Ogello
View Profile

Animal and fisheries sciences play a crucial role in achieving food and nutrition security by providing the necessary knowledge and technologies for the sustainable production and management of animal and fisheries resources. These disciplines focus on improving animal and fish production systems, breeding, health, and nutrition, as well as aquatic resource conservation and socio-economics in the respective value chains. By promoting sustainable management practices, developing new technologies, and enhancing productivity, animal and fisheries sciences help to ensure the availability and affordability of high-quality animal and fish products, which are essential for achieving food security and meeting the nutritional needs of communities.

The Department of Animal and Fisheries Sciences (DAnFis) is committed to supporting Kenya's food security agenda and its vision for industrialization by 2030, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our Animal and fisheries science programs play a critical role in supporting national government food security plans by ensuring the availability of safe and nutritious animal and fisheries products, promoting sustainable production practices, and supporting economic growth and poverty reduction. Our fisheries programs support the health of our oceans, rivers, and lakes, and in preserving the diversity of aquatic species for future generations. These are strategic pillars of exploiting the blue economy resources, which have immense socio-economic potential for humanity. Meanwhile, our animal science programs support food security by advancing knowledge and practices that can help to optimize animal health, welfare, and productivity, while minimizing environmental impacts and ensuring the safety and quality of animal-based food products.

DAnFiS recognizes the crucial role played by animal, fisheries, and aquatic resources sectors in achieving sustainable food and nutrition sufficiency, as well as national economic progress. To achieve these goals, the department prioritizes sound teaching, research, capacity building, and technology transfer initiatives aimed at educating and training young adults and communities. Currently,  we offer robust and tailor-made undergraduate and postgraduate research programs that allow students to engage in interdisciplinary research activities relevant to real-life situations in the fields of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Animal Science, Aquatic Resources Conservation and Development, and Animal Health and Production. In addition, the department offers programs, such as the Diploma in Aquaculture Production and Management and the Diploma in Animal Health and Production, to further support these objectives.