Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre (KAGRC) formally known as Central Artificial Insemination Station (CAIS) was established by Kenya Gazette Notice Number 557 of 19th June 1946 with the objective of controlling venereal diseases and genetic improvement of exotic dairy Cattle. KAGRC is situated 15 km from City Centre (West of the Nairobi City), and has its Headquarters in Lower Kabete in Nairobi and has land capacity of about 358 Acres, 124 bulls in the stud. The functions of the management committee have since been taken over by the Board of Directors, appointed vide the Gazette Notice No L.N. 110 of 5th Sept. 2011. The mandate of KAGRC is to produce, preserve, and conserve, animal genetic material (semen embryo, tissues and live animals) and rear breeding bulls for provision of high quality disease free semen to meet the national demand and for export. In order to meet its mandate, KAGRC works in close collaboration with other breeding organizations such as the Kenya Stud Book, the Dairy Recording Services of Kenya and the Livestock Recording Center. Together, these organizations implement the Contract Mating and Progeny Testing Programmes. The organization also works closely with the breed societies as well as individual and institutional farms which provide herds for the breeding program. It is a profound achievement that the centre has attained the ISO 9001:2008 QMS certification in management standards on the world best practices. Bull Stud The station initially started with an importation of six bulls in 1946 ; four Guernsey and two Jersey bulls from America and Scotland respectively. Ayrshire and Friesian breeds were later introduced.
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The duties and responsibilities of the officer will entail:
Preparing media for semen and embryo processing,
Standardizing laboratory procedures and reagents;
Receiving, recording and packaging semen;
Dispatching, analyzing and preserving test samples;
Simple analytical work;
Preparing and maintaining culture;
Keeping laboratory records and storage of glassware; and
Collection and analysis of samples.
Diploma in any of the following disciplines: Applied Sciences (Applied Chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, applied Biology), Laboratory Technology, Biotechnology or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution;
Two (2) years relevant experience; and
Fulfilled the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.