Prof Kang’ethe graduated from the University of Nairobi with a bachelor of Veterinary medicine in 1979, from the University of Nairobi with MSc in Meat Science in 1982 and with a PhD from University of Nairobi in 1987.
Prof. Kang’ethe joined the University as a tutorial fellow in 1979 and promoted to a lecturer in 1982, Senior Lecturer in 1989, Associate Professor in 1997 and Professor in 2009. In his time in University, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate students. He successfully supervised 27 MSc and 4 PhD students. Prof Kang’ethe is currently supervising 4MSc and 4 PhD students.
His research area of specialization is food safety and has worked in the following projects: Environmental and Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases, mitigations of aflatoxin contamination of milk value chain by mapping feed flows and associated aflatoxin risks associated with feed, strengthening capacity in hazard identification, risk assessment and communication in the feed –dairy chain, Building capacity to improve the safety of animal source foods and ensure continued market access for poor farmers in sub Saharan Africa, Assessment of health risks associated with untreated wastewater reuse for agriculture, Aflatoxin B1 and M1 in animal feeds and Milk obtained from urban producers in four urban centres in Kenya, Health risks associated with Cryptosporidiosis in urban smallholder dairy production in Dagoretti Kenya, Assessing health risks and benefits associated with urban agriculture, Assessing and managing milk borne health risks for the benefit of consumers in Kenya, Agro-ecosystem health approach to management of farming systems and development, Prevalence and Control of Parasitic Zoonoses related to Meat, Epidemiological investigations of vector borne zoonosis using insect blood meal analysis, Slaughter hygiene and Speciation of Meat Species.
In his career spanning 51 years, Prof. Kang’ethe has been a principal investigator in many projects, attracted funding from donors such as IDRC, NORAD, BMZ/GIZ, Finnish Government, National Council for Science and technology Kenya, consulted for many organizations such as ILRI, FAO, IFPRI, ACDI/VOCA, ICIPE. Prof. Kang’ethe has published 62 papers in referred journals, 5 book chapters and 63 papers/posters in conferences and seminars.