Dr. Shepelo Getrude Peter

Dr. Shepelo Getrude Peter is currently a tutorial fellow at the Department of Clinical Studies. She holds a Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine (BVM), a Masters degree in Veterinary Medicine (Mvetmed) and a PhD in Veterinary Clinical Studies. She received the university of Nairobi scholarship to pursue her masters degree where she investigated on the prevalence and risk factors associated with Eimeria, Cryptosporidia, Strongyloides and Giardia infections in calves in smallholder dairy farms in Nyeri County.



Getrude, PS.  2020.  Zoonotic Anaplasma and Ehrlichia Infections and their Potential Reservoirs: A Review. International Journal of Veterinary Science. 9(1):1-9.
Peter, SG, Aboge GO, Kariuki HW, Kanduma EG, Gakuya DW, Maingi N, Mulei CM, Mainga AO.  2020.  Molecular prevalence of emerging Anaplasma and Ehrlichia pathogens in apparently healthy dairy cattle in peri-urban Nairobi, Kenya., 2020 Sep 29. BMC veterinary research. 16(1):364. Abstract

Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species are tick-borne pathogens of both veterinary and public health importance. The current status of these pathogens, including emerging species such as Ehrlichia minasensis and Anaplasma platys, infecting cattle in Kenya, remain unclear, mainly because of limitation in the diagnostic techniques. Therefore, we investigated the Anaplasma and Ehrlichia species infecting dairy cattle in Nairobi, Kenya using molecular methods.


Peter, SG, Gakuya DW, Maingi N, Mulei CM.  2019.  Prevalence and risk factors associated with infections in smallholder dairy cattle in Nairobi City County, Kenya., 2019 Oct. Veterinary world. 12(10):1599-1607. Abstract

Ehrlichiosis caused by is a tick-borne disease of great economic importance in cattle production worldwide. Despite its economic impact, limited knowledge is available on its epidemiology in Africa, including Kenya. Suspected cases of infections have been reported in the recent past to the University of Nairobi's Veterinary Hospital, prompting the need to investigate their possible re-emergence. Therefore, this study was aimed at determining the prevalence of among smallholder dairy cattle in Nairobi City County and to assess potential risk factors. This knowledge may guide the development of appropriate control strategies of ehrlichiosis, subsequently reducing associated losses.

Richards, S, Vanleeuwen J, Peter SG, Wichtel J, Kamunde C, Uehlinger F, Gitau G.  2019.  Impact of mineral feeding on reproductive efficiency on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya.. Livestock Research for Rural Development. 31:80.
Serem, EK, Abuom TO, Peter SG, Gakuya DW, Kirui GK, Mbuthia PG.  2019.  Microcardia Associated with Traumatic Reticulo Pericarditis (TRP) In an Adult Female Ayrshire Cow A Case Report. International Journal of Veterinary Science. 8(2):73-78.


Mbindyo, CM, Gitao CG, Peter SG.  2018.  Constraints affecting dairy goats milk production in Kenya. Trop Anim Health Prod. 50(1):37-41.


Wakoko-Studstill, F, Khaitsa ML, Okech SG, Kaneene JB, Pithua P, Blackmon S, Rogers H, Shepelo G, Wambua MD, Komba E, Samson R, Gebrewahde TT, Habimana R, Kibogo A, Kasonev V, Okite A, Aijuka W, Kabasa JD.  2017.  Model African Union: experiential pedagogical approach to teaching one health in veterinary medicine and public health. The Pan African Medical Journal.. The Pan African Medical Journal. 27(4):18.


Peter, SG, Gitau GK, Richards S, Vanleeuwen JA, Uehlinger F, Mulei CM, Kibet RR.  2016.  Risk factors associated with Cryptosporidia, Eimeria, and diarrhea in smallholder dairy farms in Mukurwe-ini Sub-County, Nyeri County, Kenya., 2016 Aug. Veterinary world. 9(8):811-9. Abstract

This study was undertaken to determine the household, calf management, and calf factors associated with the occurrence of Eimeria, Cryptosporidia, and diarrhea in pre-weaned calves reared in smallholder dairy farms in Mukurwe-ini Sub-County of Nyeri County, Kenya. In addition, the study also evaluated factors associated with average daily weight gain in the same pre-weaned calves.

Richards, S, VanLeeuwen JA, Shepelo G, Gitau GK, Wichtel J, Kamunde C, Uehlinger F.  2016.  Randomized controlled trial on impacts of dairy meal feedinginterventions on early lactation milk production in smallholder dairyfarms of Central Kenya. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 125:46-53.


Peter, GS, Gitau GK, Mulei CM, Vanleeuwen J, Richards S, Wichtel J, Uehlinger F, Mainga O.  2015.  Prevalence of Cryptosporidia, Eimeria, Giardia, and Strongyloides in pre-weaned calves on smallholder dairy farms in Mukurwe-ini district, Kenya. Veterinary World . 8(9):1118-1125.
Richards, S, Vanleeuwen J, Shepelo G, Gitau GK, Kamunde C, Uehlinger F, Wichtel J.  2015.  Associations of farm management practices with annual milk sales on smallholder dairy farms in Kenya. Veterinary World. 8(1):88-96.


Shepelo, GP, Maingi N.  2014.  Major causes of poultry mortality in Nairobi and its environs established from autopsie. A Journal of The Kenya Veterinary Association. 38(1):32-42.

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