BVD Programme Manager

David Graham is the AHI Deputy CEO and Programme Manager for Biosecure Diseases including the BVD programme.

He qualified from UCD as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1988, and after working as a house surgeon at the Veterinary School in Dublin he moved back to Northern Ireland where he spent several years in mixed large animal practice. In 1992 David joined the Stormont laboratories of the Veterinary Sciences division of the Science Service (now the Agrifood and Biosciences Institute) of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development where he has worked in several branches. During his time there he gained extensive experience in the diagnosis and control of a wide range of viral and bacterial diseases, including bovine viral diarrhoea (BVDV), infectious bovine rhinotracheitis (IBR), Johne’s disease and leptospirosis.

He received his PhD in 1998 on improved methods for diagnosing bovine respiratory disease from Queen’s University Belfast and in 2007 he established, and has subsequently led a cattle health scheme offering monitoring, eradication and accreditation programmes for BVD, IBR, Johnes and leptospirosis.

David joined AHI in October 2010 and holds the position of Programme Manager for Biosecure Diseases where his role is to lead and manage a number of  AHI projects relevant to the non-regulated biosecure diseases which have been prioritised for action by AHI (BVD, IBR). He is actively involved in the Johne’s Disease control programme.

Contact David by email here.

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