Learn about Veterinary certificate courses in Kenya in this guide if this is the course you are planning to enroll in.
Well, if you did not manage to get a direct entry to a degree or even a diploma level for this course, then, the only option will be to start from the certificate level and then you can upgrade to a diploma or even degree.
Here in this article, I will take you through what you need to know about veterinary certificate course in Kenya from minimum entry requirement for this course, where you can study, job prospects and much more.
Veterinary certificate courses in Kenya
So, what qualifications must I meet to enroll for a certificate in veterinary in Kenya?
Well, here is the requirements you must meet.
Minimum entry requirements
- KCSE mean grade of C-minus.
With this grade, you fully qualify for a certificate in animal health and kindly not that you do not qualify for veterinary medicine since there are no approved veterinary certificate courses in Kenya.
Other mandatory requirements:
- C-minus in either Biology /Biological Sciences
You can take this course at the certificate level if you have a certificate in any of the following courses.
However, it should be noted that you must have studied the certificate not less than one year.
Additionally, you must also have scored a credit pass in any of the listed certificate courses.
- Certificate in Wildlife Health
- Certificate in Range Management
- Certificate in Leather Technology
- Certificate in Animal Production
- Certificate in Agriculture
- Certificate in Dairy Management
- Certificate in Animal Husbandry
- Certificate in Animal Science
Typically, the course is known to take 2 years to complete.
Nevertheless, this can differ depending on the institution offering the course in Kenya so consider contacting the institution of your choice for the most up to date information.
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Some of the institutions offering certificate in animal health course in Kenya
Just so you know, to enroll for this course, you must do it in an institution accredited by the Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB) .
Therefore, you must be very carefully during your application to make sure you land in the right institution.
That being so, below are some of the accredited institutions offering the course in Kenya:
- Livestock Training Institute-Wajir (GRIFTU)
- Eldoret Technical Training Institute
- Kisii National Polytechnic
- Kisii University
- AHITI Nyahururu
- AHITI Ndomba
- AHITI Kabete
- Kenya YMCA College of Agriculture and Technology
- Baraton College
- Mt Kenya University (Nakuru)
- Chuka University
Career prospects after completing Veterinary certificate courses in Kenya (Certificate in animal health)
After completing a certificate course, as much as you may want to get employed, it might be hard out there without advancing with a diploma or degree in this field.
Regardless, there are a few jobs you can do as listed below.
- Animal Health Assistant
- Livestock Farm Technician
- Animal Health Inspector
- Animal Welfare Officer
- Pet Store or Pet Clinic Assistant
- Animal Nutritionist
- Wildlife Conservation and Rehabilitation
- Poultry Farm Manager
Side note: It should be noted that if finding a job at this stage is hard, then you can go ahead and become an entrepreneurship where you can consider starting your own small animal health-related business, such as a pet grooming service or a consultancy offering animal health advice.
Again here, fee will depend on the institution of your choice and therefore it is advisable you contact the institution of your choice.
But just so you know, fee ranges between kshs.27,000 to kshs.35,000 for example in Chuka university it is Kshs. 30,000.
Veterinary certificate courses in Kenya -Final words
As we wind up, it is worth noting that a certificate course in veterinary is not that marketable in Kenya.
In fact, to secure yourself a well-paying job just consider upgrading to a diploma or a degree for more opportunities and lead to becoming a licensed veterinarian
Also, networking and gaining practical experience through internships or volunteering can help you stand out and secure more rewarding positions in the field of animal health.
For the most up to date information on the fee, duration and so on, kindly contact the institution of your choice website.
All the best!