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Table 2 A description of the profiles of key respondents and their perception of the acquisition, services and practices of ethnoveterinary medicine (n=21)

From: A survey of plants and plant products traditionally used in livestock health management in Buuri district, Meru County, Kenya

S/n Description of the categories of key informants No. of respondents Percentage (%)
1. Gender
  a Male 18 86
  b Female 3 14
2. Age (yrs)
  a 50 - 59 6 29
  b 60 - 69 12 57
  c 70 - 79 3 14
3. Education status
  a Formal education 5 24
  b Informal education 16 76
4. Acquisition of EVM knowledge and experience
  a From parents/grandparents/extended and non-extended family members 15 71
  b From an experienced senior ethnopractitioner not related 6 29
  c From own experience-dreams/visions - -
  d Ceremonies/meetings - -
5. Provision of EVM services
  a Not charging (free) 9 43
  b Always charging 5 24
  c Charging under certain circumstances only 7 33
6. Exchange of EVM knowledge amongst professionally experienced colleagues
  a Yes 4 19
  b No 17 81
7. State of EVM knowledge/services/practices
  a Falling in disfavour 5 23.8
  b Gaining ground 10 47.6
  c Status quo 6 28.6
  1. Key: EVM – Ethnoveterinary medicine.
  2. N/B: The ages of key respondents were confirmed from their: - (1), birth certificates and (2), national Identity Cards (ID)/passports in Kenya.