Jarlath U. Umoh is a Professor of Animal Health in the Department of Animal Science, Akwa Ibom State University. He attended St Paulís School, Nung Ukim, Ikono LGA and St. Anneís School, Ifuho, Ikot Ekpene. He obtained his West African School Certificate (Division I, 1964) from St. Columbanus Secondary School, Ikwen, Ikot Ekpene; Cambridge Higher School Certificate (1966) from St. Patrickís College, Calabar; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM,1974) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH,1977) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD,1980) from University of Missouri, Columbia Missouri, USA.
Upon graduation with DVM in 1974, he worked in Sokoto Veterinary Centre under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. He then joined the services of Ahmadu Bello University in August 1975 as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 1989. He has taught several public health and preventive medicine courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has supervised over 113 postgraduate students and has authored or co-authored over 260 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Prof. Jarlath Umoh has served as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, to University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University of Maiduguri, University of Ibadan, Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, University of Abuja and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. He spent his sabbatical leave teaching in the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agriculture, Makurdi from April 2010 to March 2011. He was a Visiting Professor to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Abuja and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.
He was involved in administration both at the Faculty and University-wide levels while at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Some of those positions of responsibility include:
Prof. Umoh won 8 prizes as an undergraduate student in Ahmadu Bello University and the Beecham Ė Phi Zeta Research Award as postgraduate student in University of Missouri. He is a Fellow Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Fellow of College of Veterinary Surgeons, Nigeria (FCVSN) and a Fellow Nigerian Academy of Science.
He has worked especially on the epidemiology of rabies. He was the Principal Investigator in the MacArthur Foundation funded project for the creation of Centre of Excellence in Veterinary Epidemiology in Ahmadu Bello University. He was a member of WHO Expert Committee on Rabies 1991- 2003 and has served on many national and international committees concerned with animal disease control. He was the Head of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialty Group of the College of Veterinary Surgeons, Nigeria (2007 - 2012). He is currently the Provost, College of Veterinary Surgeons, Nigeria.
His research interest is in Epidemiology of Zoonoses in general but particularly Viral Zoonoses.
Prof. Umoh hails from Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. He is married to Prof (Mrs.) Veronica Umoh and the marriage is blessed with 5 children.