Francis Gakuya

Francis Gakuya

Veterinary surgeon and research scientist

Dr. Gakuya a veterinary surgeon and research scientist holds Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM), Master’s of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Veterinary Epidemiology from the University of Nairobi. He has attended many professional and management courses locally and internationally. He is formerly the Head of Veterinary Services and currently Head of Captive Wildlife Management at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). He has worked as a wildlife veterinarian and research scientist for the last 20 years. His duties at KWS include undertaking, overseeing and supervising various wildlife health, welfare and research activities nationally. He has been a Director at Kenya Veterinary Board (KVB) for the last 7 years representing the wildlife sector. He is also a member of Kenya Veterinary association (KVA). He is the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) wildlife focal point for Kenya and a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature– Wildlife Health Specialist Group ((IUCN-WHSG). He is an accomplished scientist having published fifty eight (58) scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, two (2) book chapters and many papers conference proceedings especially on wildlife health, zoonotic diseases, disease ecology and general wildlife conservation and supervised several students at Masters and PhD levels. He has been a PI and Co-PI for several research grants mostly multi-institutional research collaborations. Due to his exemplary service in wildlife conservation he was awarded a National Honour, Order of Golden Warrior (OGW) by the President of the Republic of Kenya in 2008. 

My Projects


Co-infection with Rift Valley fever virus, Brucella spp. and Coxiella burnetii in humans and animals in Kenya: Disease burden and ecological factors