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Bachelor of Science in Animal Science


Bachelor of Science in Animal Science is a 4 years Bachelors Degree examined by Commision for University Education.

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About Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

Animal Science is an applied science discipline dealing with the conservation, improvement, production, processing, distribution, and utilization of animal products.

This Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills in the fields of Physiology, Nutrition, Breeding, Animal Health, Ecology, and Management of various species of domestic animals. Supporting courses in Crop Production (e.g. Pastures and Fodders crops), Agricultural Economics, and Extension are also offered.

Animal production plays a major role in the economy of Kenya economy by providing food, shelter, employment, and cash income, in addition to several socio-cultural functions. As food, animal protein is essential, especially for proper physical as well as mental development. The fast population growth in the country puts a high demand for increased productivity in agriculture. With Kenya?s advance to industrialization under Vision 2030 and beyond, the need to increase agricultural production in order to avail adequate food for the population as well as providing raw materials for industrial processing has become even greater. Kenya?s agriculture is largely based on smallholder farming systems. Consequently, mixed crop-livestock systems are the most appropriate production systems for sustainable farming within the smallholder-farming sub-sector in the country. The course program will equip its graduates to face the challenges of national, regional, and global animal production.

Career Opportunities

The graduates of this course are well equipped for both employment and self-employment as animal scientists. Animal scientists research new technologies and approaches to managing animal production and welfare, develop and run breeding programs, regulate animal feed and products, and work to decrease the environmental impact of agriculture.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

To be eligible for admission into the BSc in Animal Health degree programme, the candidate must meet the following minimum entry requirements:

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. Mean grade C+ with at least C grade or above in Biology, Chemistry, and C- grade in Physics or Mathematics.
  • Have two principal passes in biology and chemistry in KACE and at least a credit in Mathematics at Ordinary level.
  • Holders of diploma in agricultural or related subjects from a recognized college.
  • Holders of a related degree from a recognized University.

Institutions offering Bachelor of Science in Animal Science


Maseno University

Public University Kisumu West

Maseno University founded in 1991, is the only university on the globe that lies along the Equator (00). It is one of the seven public universities in Kenya....

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Pwani University

Public University Kilifi South

Pwani University is a public university in the Kilifi County in Kenya, located 60 km north of Mombasa in the resort town of Kilifi, within the larger Kilifi...

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Chuka University

Public University Chuka Igambangombe

Chuka University, the largest and most diverse university in Eastern Kenya, provides high-quality and affordable university programs which are attractable worldwide and has the needed infrastructure to facilitate...

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Karatina University

Public University Mathira

Karatina University is a Chartered public university in Kenya. Situated 15km North off Karatina town, the University aspires to be one of the leading institutions of higher learning...

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Kisii University

Public University Nyaribari Chache

Kisii University is a World-Class University for the Advancement of Academic Excellence, Research and Social Welfare.Kisii University was founded in 1965 as a primary teachers? training college on...

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University of Eldoret

Public University Soy

The University of Eldoret is situated approximately 9 km along the Eldoret-Ziwa road in Eldoret town, Uasin gishu County.It was founded in 1946 by the white settlers as...

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Mt Kenya University

Private University Thika Town

Mount Kenya University (MKU) is a Chartered University committed to a broad-based, holistic and inclusive system of education.Mount Kenya University Main campus is located in Thika, with other...

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Egerton University

Public University Njoro

Egerton University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya. It was founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British...

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Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology

Public University Kabondo Kasipul

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) is a centre of excellence in training, research and community outreach services offering practical and market-oriented courses. It is...

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Moi University

Public University Kesses

In January 1981 a Presidential Working Party chaired by the distinguished Canadian academic, Dr. Colin B. Mackay, was convened to prepare detailed recommendations for a second university in...

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Objectives of Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science is designed to provide students with fundamental knowledge and skills in the fields of Physiology, Nutrition, Breeding, Animal Health, Ecology and Management of various species of domestic animals. During this 4year university programme you will: 

  • learn how to positively influence the productivity and welfare of livestock, as well as the health of pets, zoo animals and wildlife
  • build practical skills with internship opportunities
  • work with a variety of species, including livestock, horses, wildlife, companion animals and laboratory animals
  • join a close-knit, animal-focused community at our Roseworthy campus
  • study the fundamentals of animal physiology, as you explore areas like wildlife management, nutrition and on-farm management
  • draw on the University?s internationally recognised expertise in animal and veterinary sciences.
  • There are also optional work placement opportunities in relevant industries.

Bachelor of Science in Animal Science - Programme

The course program has been designed to provide students with basic knowledge and skills in the fields of animal physiology, breeding, nutrition, health, ecology, and management of various species of domestic animals. Supporting courses in crop production, agricultural economics and extension will also be offered.


  • Physical Chemistry 
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Zoology
  • Mathematics I
  • Agricultural Botany
  • Communication Skills 
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Computer Organization and Applications


  • Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
  • Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • Agricultural Microbiology
  • Ecology and Climate Change
  • Mathematics II
  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • Social Ethics and Integrity
  • Development Studies


  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Climate Change and Food Security
  • General Parasitology
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Growth and Development
  • Principles of Animal Genetics
  • Principles of Crop Production
  • Animal Housing, Farm Structures and Bioclimatology


  • Principles of Animal Production
  • Utilization and Conservation of Animal Genetic Resources and
  • Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Production and Utilization of Pastures and Fodders
  • Remote Sensing
  • Population Genetics
  • Soil and Water Conservation


  • Crop Residues and Agroindustrial by-Products
  • Analytical Methods in Animal Nutrition
  • Farm Power and Machinery
  • Design and Analysis of Animal Experiments
  • Livestock Production Systems
  • Animal Reproduction and Technology
  • Concentrates, Supplements, and Additives
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Entrepreneurship


  • Biotechnology in Animal Production
  • Principles of Molecular
  • Genetics
  • General Range Management
  • Ration Formulation
  • Aetiology of Disease
  • Agricultural Extension and Technology Transfer
  • Apiculture and Sericulture
  • Fish Farming and Production
  • Fish Farming and Production


  • Industrial Attachment


  • Dairy Cattle Production
  • Poultry Production
  • Animal Feed Manufacturing Technology
  • Pig Production
  • Animal Breeding
  • Research Project I
  • Animal Health Management
  • Rabbit Production


  • Beef Cattle and Camel Production
  • Sheep and Goat Production
  • Non-Conventional Farm Animals
  • Research Project II
  • Agricultural Policy and Laws
  • Genetically Modified Organisms, Bio-safety and Bioethics
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Patents
  • Farm Management

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