Dr. James Watuwa (MSc. WHM ,BVM)

Dr. Watuwa James

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Dr. James Watuwa has an impressive six-year history dedicated to the care and management of a wide variety of species, with a particular focus on wild animals, butterflies, moths and more. His vast knowledge encompasses clinical practices, breeding, and nutrition, always with a profound commitment to ensuring the well-being of animals.

With a Bachelor’s degree and multiple certifications in conservation and associated disciplines, Dr. Watuwa has shared his expertise with prestigious institutions. Notably, he has collaborated with the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC), the White Oak Conservation Area in the USA, and the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).


  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment from Nkumba University, Uganda (April 2021 – March 2022)
  2. Certificate in Scientific Writing, Research, and Publishing from the Tropical Biology Association, Kenya (November 2022 – December 2022)
  3. MSc in Wildlife Health and Management (MSc. WHM) (July 2018 – July 2022)
  4. Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVM) (July 2012 – July 2017)


  1. Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC-Zoo), Entebbe, Uganda
    Position: Current Role since May 2019
  2. White Oak Conservation Area, Florida, USA
    Position: Trainee Veterinarian, May 2022 – June 2022
  3. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) & Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
    Position: Support Veterinarian, January 2020 – December 2020
  4. Endangered Wildlife Conservation Organisation (EWCO), Kampala, Uganda
    — Herp Mapper, January 2019 – January 2020
    — Chief Executive Officer, January 2017 – February 2019
  5. Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), Kampala, Uganda
    Position: Wildlife Veterinarian, February 2017 – February 2019
  6. Bwindi-Sarambwe Mountain Gorilla Census
    Position: Team Leader, March 2018 – November 2018
  7. Uganda Small Animal Practitioners Association
    Position: Intern Trainee, December 2016 – May 2017

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Makerere UniversityMakerere University:

Bachelor of Science – BS, Veterinary MedicineBachelor of Science – BS, Veterinary Medicine2012 – 2017

Tropical Biology AssociationTropical Biology Association:

Master’s degree, Designing Impact Based Conservation Projects And Grant Writing
Grade: Class A

Uganda Management Institute:

Postgraduate Degree, Project Planning & ManagementPostgraduate Degree, Project Planning & Management
Dec 2020 – Nov 2022

Nkumba University

Nkumba University:

Postgraduate Degree, Environmental Impact Assessment, PGDEIAPostgraduate Degree, Environmental Impact Assessment, PGDEIA
Aug 2021 – Aug 2022

Honor & Rewords

Ugandan wildlife Veterinarian Dr. Watuwa James named a 2022 Finalist for the first inaugural Wolfgang Kiessling international prize for species conservation.

Dr. Watuwa James Rewords

Young Environmemtal Ambassodor AwardYoung Environmemtal Ambassodor Award Issued by BESTSELLER Foundation · Jan 2022

Watuwa James Bestseller Foundation


Funding and delivering the routine testing of management interventions to improve conservation effectiveness P Tinsley-Marshall, H Downey, G Adum, N Al-Fulaij, NAD Bourn, … Journal for Nature Conservation 67, 12618442022
A retrospective study on the immobilisation of captive chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at UWEC, Uganda J Watuwa, R Mbabazi, C Sente, J Musinguzi, L Laubscher Veterinary Record Case Reports, e6022023
Seromonitoring of brucellosis in goats and sheep slaughtered at an abattoir in Kampala, Uganda S Kakooza, J Watuwa, PA Ipola, DFN Munyiirwa, E Kayaga, E Nabatta, … Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 34 (6), 964-9672022