Dr. Allan OgendoMsc student (JKUAT-FELTP, Kenya)
I am a Kenyan veterinarian working in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in Busia County, currently undertaking a Masters’ degree in Applied Epidemiology at the JKUAT under the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (FELTP). I am also working as a consultant wildlife veterinarian in the Urban Zoo project in ILRI. My research interests are focused on the epidemiology and prevalence of cryptosporidiosis in cattle and also in other emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases of man and animals.
For my MSc, I am working on the Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors for Cryptosporidium Infection in Calves in Rarieda District, Siaya County.
As a consultant, I am working in the UrbanZoo project looking at the ecology of disease emergence in peri-domestic wildlife species(including rodents, bats, scavenging birds and primates) in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. We are involved in ecological sampling techniques, habitat mapping and sample collection (of rodents, bats, birds, primates and meso-carnivores).
I qualified as a vet in 2009 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. After graduating I worked in Norvatis Pharma Inc. as a Medical representative, before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries in 2011 and was posted to Busia in Western Kenya. In 2013, I was awarded a Masters’ scholarship under the FELTP programme where I am pursuing an MSC in Applied Epidemiology. My initial research interests have focused on zoonotic diseases. I previously worked as a wildlife necropsy Veterinarian in ILRI, Busia wherein I gained immense experience and interest in peri-domestic wildlife. During my Masters coursework, I was attached to the Zoonotic Disease Unit (ZDU). Through this, I have developed a keen interest and participated in various ‘One Health’ programs.