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Dr David Shamaki ((D.V.M., A.B.U., Zaria; M.Sc., Ph.D., Ibadan; FCVSN).: Acting Executive Director; National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom,E-mail:

Dr David Shamaki was born on the 20th of March 1955 to Mr Shamaki Kyumah Yaro and Tichori Shamaki at Fori, Kagoma, of Jema’a LGA of Kaduna State. He had his primary education in St. James’ Primary School Fori, RCM Primary School Asso, NA Primary School Kyayya and St Andrew’s Primary School Kakuri Kaduna between 1960 and 1969. He then attended his secondary school at St John’s College now Rimi College Kaduna and then Higher School at Kaduna State College of Arts and Science and Technology, Zaria, from 1974 to 1976.

He is a 1981 D.V.M graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria and has a Masters degree in Microbiology and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1986 and 2002 respectively and Fellow College of Veterinary Surgeons Nigeria (FCVSN) 2010. He has over 33 years of working experience as a Veterinary Research Officer and has held various research positions under various research programmes and projects and as administrator at the National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom.

Dr David Shamaki has participated in the laboratory activities of the Pan-African Rinderpest Control Programme (PARC) and the Pan-African Programme for Control of Epizootic Diseases (PACE) funded by the European Union (EU) which led to global eradication of rinderpest. He has also participated in research contracts activities and diagnosis of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) disease and African swine fever (ASF) disease in Nigeria funded by the Joint Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programme for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, He also represents the National Veterinary Research Institute on the Standing Committee of the Association of Institutions of Tropical Veterinary Medicine with head office at the Office for International Cooperation (BIC), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

Dr David Shamaki has attended many training fellowships sponsored by the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture in the application of enzyme–linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and molecular technologies in animal diseases research and diagnosis. His research interests include molecular epidemiology of PPR virus and related viruses and diagnostic virology. He has also undertaken two expert missions to Asmara, Eritrea for the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme for assessment of the execution of Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP); and training in cell culture and virus isolation, and one expert mission to the University of Njala, Njala, Sierra Leon to conduct a National Training Course on PPR and Newcastle disease (NCD) diagnosis.

Dr David Shamaki has a wealth of experience in administration and community service and has attended 27 management training workshops, fellowships and seminars locally and internationally and has served on various Management Committees of the Institute. He has served as Chairman, Local Church Council, Parish Council, and Development Committee, St. Joseph’s Parish, Vom, member Integral Development Commission, Catholic Arch-Diocese of Jos, and Chairman, Arch-Diocesan Rural Development Programme Board, Catholic Arch-Diocese of Jos and currently the Vice-Chairman of the Justice Development and Peace/Caritas Commission Catholic Arch-Diocese of Jos. He has also served as Chairman Gong (Kagoma) Development Association, Jos Branch from April 2003- June 2007.

Dr David Shamaki is a Member, Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association (MNVMA), and Fellow of the College of Veterinary Surgeons Nigeria (FCVSN). Dr David Shamaki has authored and co-authored 57 publications in referred journals and conference proceedings, 43 presentations in professional conferences and seminars.

Dr David Shamaki has teaching experience as Senior Lecturer on Sabbatical at the Amadu Ali Centre for Public Health and Comparative Medicine University of Agriculture, Makurdi March 2014-March 2015. He has supervised seven theses and projects at Masters, HND and ND level.

Following the exit of immediate past Executive Director Dr M.S. Ahmed whose tenure ended on the 4th of October 2015, the administration of the Institute wad handed over to Dr Shamaki the most senior technical Director on the 5th October 2015 and he has been performing the duties of Executive Director in Acting Capacity.

Dr David Shamaki is married to Mrs Rebecca Shamaki (Nee Ayuba Emmanuel Rok) and they are blessed with three children; Shonum Perpetua Shamaki, Shunanum Jessica Shamaki and Wyonnum Rebecca Shamaki.