Brief History

The Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology is  a preclinical department Located in Chiromo campus along Riverside Drive off Chiromo Road, 2 kilometres west of the Main Campus.  The Department  is the  product of the notable merger of the two of the oldest and well-known departments in the faculty of Veterinary Medicine –Veterinary Anatomy and Animal Physiology that occurred in 2005. The  two departmental units  had their origin within the establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and were transferred from Makerere University College to the Royal College Nairobi in 1962.  Veterinary Medicine students and wildlife Management students   are prepared for various fields in the Veterinary Anatomy and physiology in the department. The Courses offered by the  Department include:

  • Animal Physiology
  • Gross Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Embryology
  • Ornithology
  • Hepertogy
  • Mammalogy
  • icthyology

The department is involved in a number of researches within the biological arena and has links with several local and international institutes. In addition it offers services to the general public such as consultancies   for the ministry of livestock and fisheries and also prepares preserved teaching specimens for various universities and colleges

The Department has several facilities used for both research and teaching:~ Well equipped Histology laboratory, Physiology laboratory, biotechnology laboratory, and reproductive biology laboratory. The main areas of research are Neuroscience,  molecular genetics  Anatomy and developmental science ,Cardiovascular Physiology,Reproductive biology  and Herbal and Traditional Medicine efficacy.

CURRENT CHAIRMAN  Prof. Andrew Makanya

Department of Vet.Anatomy and Physiology from Jan. 2019 to date.

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Department of Vet.Anatomy and Physiology from 2013 to Jan. 2019.

Prof. Kimwelel Carles Nguli.

Prof Kimwele



 1976-1977 Chairperson, Department of Veterinary Anatomy

Prof Wangari


Prof.Geoffrey Ole Maloiy

Chairman, Department of Animal Physiology, University of Nairobi.  1973-1976; 1980-1983.

Prof Maloiy


Prof. Dominic Oduour Okello

1982-1988 Chairman: Dept of Veterinary Anatomy

Prof Oduor


Prof.Stephen Kiama

Chairman (2005-2010): Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, University of Nairobi.

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Prof.Kisia Seth Marande

Chairman, Department of Vet.Anatomy and Physiology: 2010-2012


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Prof. Owiti George Otinga

Chairman/Head - Department of Veterinary Anatomy - November 1994 to 29th January 2001


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Dr.Jacob ole Miaron

Chairman in the Department Of Veterinary Physiology 2003-2004


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Dr.Mathiu Peter Mbaabu

Chairman;Dept. of Veterinary (Animal) Physiology 1993 – 2002


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