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Professor Paul Gichohi Mbuthia is an Associate Professor, University of Nairobi. He holds a doctorate degree in Pathology and Microbiology from University of Nairobi (2005) and is a recognized Fellow of the Royal Veterinary College, Sweden (F.R.V.C.S.) from 1990. He is an accomplished pathologist, scholar and researcher with several publications.

Prof. Mbuthia was employed on graduation from University of Nairobi in 1978 in the Government of Kenya, Ministry of Livestock, Department of Veterinary services, serving for over 10 years in various Regional Veterinary Investigation Laboratories (RVIL). These are Karatina (July 1978 to March 1981), Kericho (March 1981 to March 1983), Nakuru (March 1983 to April 1986), Mariakani (April 1986 to May 1987) and Central Veterinary Laboratories, Kabete (May 1987 to November 1988). He rose through the ranks from Veterinary investigation officer II (1978 to 1981), Veterinary investigation officer I (1981 to 1983) to Senior Veterinary Officer (1983 to 1988). During the time, he was officer-in-charge of Nakuru RVIL, Mariakani RVIL and CVL Kabete and also performed Veterinary disease diagnosis, investigation, research and extension services.

Prof. Mbuthia joined the University of Nairobi as a Part-time Lecturer on August 1988 to November 1988 and was permanently employed as a Lecturer on December 1988 in the Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology. Since then he has risen through the ranks to positions of Senior Lecturer (2004) and Associate Professor (2012). He has served as acting Chairman of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology on several occasions between 2005 and 2019. He has served as a Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Time Tabling Committee since 2006 – 2019 and a member of the department and faculty curriculum committees, among others.

Prof. Mbuthia has been actively engaged in various community roles including serving as the current appointed Focal Point on Aquatic Animal Health in Kenya, World animal health (O.I.E.) by the Director of Veterinary Services. He is also a member of the Board of Management, Gitugi Primary School in Nyeri County (2016 to 2022). Regionally, he served as the node coordinator of the VicRes project involving three universities from East Africa (Makerere, Sokoine University and University of Nairobi); and TRAHESA project involving six universities (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Norwegian University of life sciences (NMBU), Makerere University, University of Nairobi, University of Dar Es Salaam (Institute of Marine Science) and University of Zambia. He has also attracted seven other projects. Through these projects, he provided scholarships to 13 PhD and MSc graduates, most of the graduates have been absorbed in various institutions including the University of Nairobi, Egerton University, Maasai Mara University, Mount Kenya University and Pwani University.

Prof. Mbuthia is scholar with a record in formulating and managing academic programs and supervising and mentoring Postgraduate students. He has successfully supervised and mentored 7 PhD Students and 21 Master’s students to completion. He has been an external examiner in several universities and a committed mentor of undergraduate, post-graduate and faculty staff.

Prof Mbuthia’s academic and research career has been exemplary as demonstrated by several publications in peer review journals. He has co-authored 188 journal and conference publications and co-authored and contributed in four books and a book chapter. He has 31 years of research and teaching experience at various institutions including University of Nairobi, University of Ghana, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and Egerton University. He has attracted and maintained networks within and between local and international universities and other institutions.

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