SABUNI, Z. A. (RESUME)

DR. SABUNI Z. ALEX (RESUME)


SUMMARY PROFILE

Dr. Sabuni Alex is currently working as a VETERINARY OFFICER, MINISTRY OF LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT based at Narok South District. Before then, he worked as a Livestock Program Coordinator with SAMARITAN’S PURSE INTERNATIONAL RELIEF based at Kinango, Coast Province. His engagement in the Non-Governmental Organization world lasted close to two years a job that was majorily entailed establishment of Livestock among the poor rural community as a tool for poverty alleviation. Previously, he worked with the Kenya Veterinary Association as an Administrative and Technical Manager, and a Project administrator, Business Advocacy Fund (BAF) project implemented by the Kenya Veterinary Association on the “Manufacture, Distribution and Usage of Veterinary Medicines and Poisons in Kenya”.

He
is a youthful, vivacious and self inspired veterinary doctor and a training scientist who is not only knowledgeable in discharging his veterinary skills, but also has a gained indispensable knowledge in laboratory and field practice especially as Livestock production and health concerns, through learned and acquired skills.
He hold a Masters degree in Applied Veterinary Parasitology (University of Nairobi, 2009), and has a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (University of Nairobi, 2006). During his masters degree studies he did a project on “Prevalence, intensity and pathology of ecto- and haemoparasites infections in indigenous chickens in Eastern Province of Kenya”. He has done short courses in scientific communication and publishing, scientific poster preparation and presentation, and, molecular and biochemical laboratory techniques, from which he acquired knowledge on laboratory work, interpersonal communication skills; research information search, archiving, presentation and publication; writing proposals and progress reports and other scientific materials among other skills.

Dr. Sabuni has co-authored a book entitled “Handbook of Poultry diseases important in Africa” (co-authored with others from Sokoine University; University of Ghana, Legon; Makerere University; University of Nairobi and University of California, Davis), a publication by Global Livestock CRSP.
Besides being a member of the Poultry research team, Dr. Sabuni has also been involved in research to test efficacy of various anthelminthics and herbs for anthelminthic resistance and properties in sheep, where he was the team leader. He has consulted for local pharmaceutical companies on anthelminthic activity of their products, work which entailed clinical trials, laboratory tests, data analysis and report writing. He possesses a strong background in basic statistics; animal health, production and breeding; epidemiology and public health and veterinary parasitology which he did during his Undergraduate and Postgraduate years.
He is knowledgeable in basic computer statistical programs with previous experience in using STATA, GENSTAT and INSTAT statistical software packages, and currently learning SPSS. His previous and current job designation has greatly exposed him to working with all stakeholders in the livestock industry, among others: politicians, government officers, NGO’s players, private veterinarians, banking services providers, pharmaceutical players and farmers, experience that Dr. Sabuni believe puts him in the right position to successfully compete for this job position in your organization.

EMPLOYMENT AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  1. May 2011- Present:- Veterinary Officer, Ministry of Livestock Development
Duties: Implementing disease control actvities that include; vaccinations, treatments, tsetse and vector control. Other activities include: coordination of veterinary hygiene activities within the district, farmers training, proposals and report writing, representation of the department in meetings and functions, monitoring of on-going projects.
  1. Aug 2009- April 2011:- Livestock Program Coordinator, Samaritan’s Purse International Relief.
Duties: Provision of Veterinary services and technical training to the program beneficiaries. Selection of healthy animals for purchase and prepare them for transportation to the beneficiaries, procurement of veterinary medicines, vaccines and equipments for the Livestock program. Other duties include, providing a link between stakeholders (including service providers) in the manner indicated by the organization and assisting in implementation of marketing strategy for livestock products that will assist beneficiaries to access a fair market. - Veterinary parasitologist; Poultry Research Team, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi
Duties: - conducting veterinary parasitological research activities and write-ups.
  1. April- August 2009:- Administrative and Technical Manager, Kenya Veterinary Association
Duties: coordination of KVA project activities (monitoring), writing project proposals, reports, conference proceedings and any office communications, organizing conferences and workshops, field events and stakeholder meetings, and donor negotiations and treaties.
  1. 2008- 2009:- Research team leader, Antihelminthic Resistance Evaluation Project in sheep, University of Nairobi, Veterinary Farm
Duties: Organizing for the farm visits, treatments, collection of laboratory samples from sheep, processing the samples and analysis of the results.
  1. 2006- 2009:- Research student, Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology, University of Nairobi
Duties: Field work, laboratory work and assisting in departmental research and routine work.
  1. 2006:- Sales promoter, Coopers Brands Kenya Limited
Duties: Organizing field days, training farmers various products, visiting stockists and sales-on-order. Also preparation of weekly reports submitted to the Territorial Sales manager.

Other duties undertaken
2007-2009: Volunteer vaccinator
  1. Kenya Veterinary Association, (FAO project)- Vaccinated Shoats against Pestes des Petitis Ruminants (PPR), Nairobi Province campaign (2009);
  2. World Rabies Celebrations. Vaccinated dogs, cats and donkeys against Rabies, in Machakos District (2008);
  3. Supervised the animal health technicians in vaccinating cattle against
    foot and mouth disease and dogs against rabies, and branding of cattle and donkeys in Trans-Nzoia District (2007);
  4. Kenya Veterinary Association (Central Branch)- Vaccinated cattle (Anthrax- Black quarter and Lumpy skin disease), shoats (Anthrax-Black quarter), dogs, cats and donkeys (Rabies) in Central Province campaign (2008);
  5. CDC- KEMRI, World Rabies Celebrations. Vaccinated dogs, cats and donkeys against Rabies, in Kibera Slums, Nairobi (2008);
  6. Kenya Veterinary Association (Rift Valley Branch)- Vaccinated cattle against foot and mouth disease, lumpy skin disease, black quarter and anthrax diseases, while dogs and donkeys against rabies in Trans-Nzoia, Nandi North and Nandi South Districts (2005).

EDUCATION

MSc Applied Veterinary Parasitology            University of Nairobi                          (2009)
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine                   University of Nairobi                          (2006)
Secondary education (B plain)                       St. Josephs Boys High School Kitale             (1999)

ADDITIONAL TRAINING

  • Performance enhancement strategies course (2009)               University of Nairobi
  • Molecular and Biochemical laboratory techniques (2008)      University of Nairobi
  • Scientific Poster Preparation and Presentation (2008)           University of Nairobi
  • Leadership and skills for life (2008)
                                        University of Nairobi
  • Scientific Communication and Publishing (2007)                  University of Nairobi
  • Driving (Class B C E - 2006)
  • Computer training (continuous)

COMMUNITY/ STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

  • To-date- Member Kenya Veterinary Association (KVA)
  • To-date- Member of Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA)
  • 2009- Assistant secretary- Kenya Veterinary Association (National)
  • 2008- Vice Chairman- Post graduate students hostel
  • 2006- Organizing secretary- final year’s class party.
  • 2006- Treasurer- Veterinary Students Association (2 terms).
  • 2006- Treasurer- Western Students Outreach (2 terms).


AWARDS/ HONORS

  • University of Nairobi MSc scholarship: Financed MSc studies (2006)
  • Poultry Health and Livestock Small Holder East Africa Project: Financed my MSc project (2007)
  • Coopers Kenya partial research grant: To finance further my MSc research project (2007)

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS

  • To-Date: Attended several presentations at University, College and Faculty levels, and has on occasions been nominated to write down the proceedings (Minutes), more so during Departmental PhD and MSc proposal
    presentations.
  • 2009- Veterinary Medicine and Poisons Bill meeting (4th and 5th June), at Agricultural Information Resource centre, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute. Served as a rapporteur.
  • 2009- Kenya Veterinary Association Scientific Conference, Outspan Hotel, Nyeri, from April 22nd to 25th. Served as a rapporteur.
  • 2008- KARI Biennial scientific conference, from 10th to 15th November, 2008, held at
    KARI headquarters.
  • 2008- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, sixth biennial scientific conference, 17th to 19th September 2008, held at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi.
  • 2008- Ministry of Science and technology conference, from 28th to 30th April 2008, at Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
  • 2008- Kenya Veterinary Association Scientific Conference, from 22nd to 26th April, Golf Hotel, Kakamega.
  • 2006- Attended a workshop on Ecosystem health (Human, Elephant and environmental conflict) in Kwale District, organized by Prof J. Cooper and sponsored by West Indies University. From 27th to 29th March 2006

SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Scientific presentations
1.      Sabuni, Z. A., Mbuthia, P. G., Maingi, N., Nyaga, P. N., Njagi, L. W., Bebora, L. C. and Michieka, J. N (2008). Prevalence of haemoparasites infection in indigenous chicken in Eastern province of Kenya. Presented during the Kenya Veterinary Association Scientific Conference, from 22nd to 26th April, Golf Hotel, Kakamega.
2.      Sabuni, Z. A., P. G. Mbuthia N. Maingi and P. N. Nyaga (2008). Ectoparasitism in indigenous chickens and available integrated control alternatives. A case study in Kenya. Presented during the Kenya Veterinary Association Scientific Conference, from 22nd to 26th April, Golf Hotel, Kakamega.
3.      Sabuni, Z. A., Mbuthia, P. G., Maingi, N., Nyaga, P. N., Njagi, L. W., Bebora, L. C. and Michieka, J. N (2008). Prevalence of ectoparasites in indigenous chickens in two agro-ecological zones, Eastern province, Kenya. Presented during the Kenya Veterinary Association Scientific Conference, from 22nd to 26th April, Golf Hotel, Kakamega.
4.      Gakuya, D. W., Ng’ang’a, C. J., Sabuni, A. Z., Waruiru, R. M. and Muasa, B. S (2008). Evaluation of the anthelmintic efficacy of Calliandra calothyrsus and Leucaena trichandra against multiple anthelmintic resistance nematodes in sheep. Presented during the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, sixth biennial scientific conference, 17th to 19th September 2008, held at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi.
5.      Ng’ang’a, C. J., Gakuya, D. W., Sabuni, A. Z., Waruiru, R. M. and Muasa, B. S (2008). Control of multiple antihelminthic resistant nematodes in sheep using levamisole- nitroxynil combination. Presented during the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, sixth biennial scientific conference, 17th to 19th September 2008, held at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, University of Nairobi.
6.      Sabuni, Z. A., Mbuthia, P. G., Maingi, N., Nyaga, P. N., Njagi, L. W., and Bebora, L. C. (2008). Skin lesions associated with ectoparasitic infestations in indigenous chickens in Eastern Province of Kenya. Presented during the Kenya Veterinary Association Scientific Conference, from 22nd to 25th April, Outspan hotel, Nyeri.

Scientific papers
  1. Sabuni, Z. A., Mbuthia, P. G., Maingi, N., Nyaga, P. N., Njagi, L. W., Bebora, L. C. and Michieka, J. N (2008). Prevalence of ectoparasites in indigenous chickens in different agro-ecological zones, in Kenya. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 22 Article No. 212
  2. Z. A. Sabuni, P. G. Mbuthia, N. Maingi, P. N. Nyaga, L.W. Njagi, L. C. Bebora, and J. N. Michieka, (2008). Prevalence of haemoparasites infection in indigenous chicken in Eastern province of Kenya. Livestock Research for Rural Development. Volume 23. Article 238.


PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of birth:                          26th
September 1982
Gender:                                   Male
Nationality:                             Kenyan
Languages:                              English,
Kiswahili
Marital status:                         Married
Interests                                  Reading, Leadership development, Social work and Traveling



REFEREES

Dr. Faith Njoki Gachachi,
District Veterinary Officer,
Narok South District,
Ministry of Livestock Development,
P.O Box 25,
Ololulung’a, Narok.
Cell phone; +254 722 638 130

Mr. Njenga Kamau Samson,
Livestock Program manager,
Samaritan’s Purse International Relief,
P.O Box 90597 80100,
Mombasa.
Cell phone; +254 725 918 734

Dr. Paul Gichohi Mbuthia,
Senior Lecturer,
Department of Veterinary Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM),
University of Nairobi,
Box 29053 00625,
Nairobi.
Cell phone; +254 721 616 942


PERSONAL CONTACTS

DR. SABUNI ZEPHANIA ALEX,
VETERINARY OFFICER,
MINISTRY OF LIVESTOCK DEVELOPMENT,
P.O. BOX 25,
OLOLULUNG’A,
NAROK.
CELL PHONE; +254 720 619 826 OR 788 175 000