Prof Ani, Augustine Ogbonna had his foundation education at Central School, Amofu, Nkerefi, and his secondary education at Washington Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Nigeria between 1976 and 1981. He obtained the West African School Certificate/General Certificate on Education in 1981. He continued his educational pursuit at the University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Nigeria in 1984 and obtained the Degree of Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 1988. While at Maiduguri, he served as a Laboratory Assistant. Austin had his compulsory national service under the NYSC as a Biology and Chemistry Teacher in Oyo State. In his quest for academic excellence he moved to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from where he studied Animal Husbandry and Management and graduated with M.Sc degree. Dr Ani crowned his educational pursuit by obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Animal Nutrition and Biochemistry) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2002. Between 1992 and 2000, he served as Senior Biology Master with the Post Primary School Board of Enugu State. Dr Ani started his career as University Lecturer/ Researcher at his alma mata when he was appointed an Assistant Lecturer in 2000. Dr Ani rose through the ranks and was elevated to the rank of Senior Lecturer (Animal Science) in 2008.
Dr Ani was elected Assistant Secretary of the Nigerian Society for Animal Production in 2006 at the Bayero University Kano. He became the substantive Secretary of the Society in 2008. Austin is currently the Vice President of the Society a position he attained in year 2012 at the University of Agriculture Makurdi.
Augustine is an experienced academic with many administrative and leadership experience within and outside the University system. He served as SIWES Coordinator in the Department of Animal Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka between 2008 and 2010, Coordinator Faculty of Agriculture Poultry Project 2004-2012. He is the PG Coordinator and the 4th year project coordinator of his Department at Nsukka
Dr Ani is a prolific writer and he has to his credit 60 publications in Local and Foreign journals. He also has 34 published conference proceedings. Dr Ani had consistently attended Annual conferences of the Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Nigerian Society for Animal Production (NSAP), Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN) between 1999 to date. Dr Ani has successfully supervised 28 Bachelors , 3 Postgraduate Diploma and 11 M.Sc. students in Animal Science and is presently involved in the supervision of 4 and 2 M.Sc and Ph.D respectively.
Dr Ani, a minister of the gospel is happily married to Prof (Mrs) Ani a Food Scientist and the marriage is blessed with wonderful children