Veterinary Sciences

Veterinary Sciences Experts

Dr. John Maina Kagira

Department of Animal Sciences
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology


University Education 2007-2010: University of Nairobi [Ph. D – Parasitology] Thesis title: Characteristics of Production System, Epidemiology and Control of Pig Parasites in Busia District, Kenya 1999-2001: University of Nairobi [Msc. Parasitology] Thesis title: The Prevalence of Gastrointestinal Parasitism, Control Practices and Occurence of Anthelmintic Resistance in Commercial Pig Farms in Thika District, Kenya Units: Advanced Parasitology, Advanced Pathology, Advanced Bacteriology and mycology, Advanced Virology, Necropsy, Applied Immunology, Clinical Parasitology, Biostatistics, Principles of Scientific Communication 1990 – 1996: University of Nairobi [Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine] SHORT PROFFESSIONAL COURSES 1. Bringing Diagnostics prototypes to point of Care – IPR/University of Alberta, Canada, June 2012 2. Advanced Course in Diagnostics – Fondation Meriux, France, August 2011 3. Effective Project Planning Training Course – Trypanosomiasis Research Centre /WHO, April 2007 4. Good Laboratory Practice Training Course – Trypanosomiasis Research Centre (TRC-KARI), June 2007 5. Laboratory Animal Science (FELASA C) Course – University of Nairobi/University of Uppsala, 12th -16th June 2006 6. Pathology of Laboratory Animals - University of Nairobi/ West Indies and IPR, 27th June – 2nd July 2007 7. Proposal writing Course – University of Nairobi, May 2003

Research Interest

I. Development of diagnostic tools and novel drugs for treatment of tropical human and livestock diseases II. Development of animal models for neglected tropical diseases III. Research on epidemiology, economic importance and control of tropical human and livestock diseases IV. Research on ‘One Health’ approach in management and control of diseases


  • Kagira JM, Maingi N, Kanyari PW, Githigia SM, Ng'ang'a JC, Gachohi JM. (2010). Seroprevalence of Cysticercus cellulosae and associated risk factors in free-range pigs in Kenya. Journal of Helminthology 84: 398–403.

  • Mbuthia, S.K., Wachira, N.W., Ngure, R.M., Ouma, J., Kagira, J.M. (2011). Effects of tea on survival rates and liver pathology of Trypanosoma brucei brucei infected mice. J. Protozool. Res. 21, 1-7 (2011).

  • Thuita JK, Wang MZ, Kagira JM, Denton CL, Paine MF, Mdachi RE, Murilla GA, Ching S, Boykin DW, Tidwell RR, Hall JE, Brun R. (2012). Pharmacology of DB844, an Orally Active aza Analogue of Pafuramidine, in a Monkey Model of Second Stage Human African Trypanosomiasis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2012 Jul;6(7):e1734. Epub 2012.

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