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Holds a B.V.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees. After graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc.) degree, Prof. Gathuma worked briefly as a Veterinary Research Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Services in April, 1971. He later joined the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Nairobi as an Assistant Lecturer in October of the same year and rose through the ranks of Lecturer (1974-1979), Senior Lecturer (1979-1985), Associate Professor (1985-1989) and Professor (1989-todate).
He has been involved in teaching and research in the University of Nairobi for over 40 years. He has held the position of Chairman of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi between June 1978 and October 1997. Prof. Gathuma has also held numerous appointments as researcher and consultant in many private, public, regional and international organizations. He has gained extensive experience in animal health and related issues under pastoral systems especially in Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia. Prof. Gathuma has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals and has successfully supervised 60 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.
Prof. Gathuma has served as a consultant for the following organizations: FAO, UNDP, UNEP, World Bank, EC, Land `O` Lakes/USAID, USAID/Technoserve, Pathfinder/USAID, SNV Netherlands Development Organization, GOK,  SIDA, GOK/World Bank, GEF/UNEP/AGREF, NORAD, KARI/ODA, KARI/DFID, MIAC/USAID, ILRI, ICIPE, AGREF/Bayer E.A, Hoechst E.A Ltd., Terra Nuova/AMREF, Kenya National Academy of Sciences, Catholic Diocese of Torit, South Sudan and VSF-Belgium.
Prof. Gathuma has received the following awards:
• Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for study at the University of California, Davis (Ph. D. Coursework). (1973-74);
• NORAD Fellowship for research at the Veterinary College of Norway (1979);
• Distinguished service award by the University of Nairobi, in recognition of outstanding contribution towards the University mission (2001).
• Distinguished service award by the Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi,
• Nominated for the 2012 World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Veterinarian of the Year Award (2012).

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