Johne’s Disease Programme Manager

Dr Sam Strain is Chief Executive Officer for Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland.

Sam has responsibility for the Johne’s Disease control programmes across the island of Ireland.

Sam qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Glasgow in 1992, following which he worked in mixed general practice in Scotland before completing his PhD in veterinary immunology at Glasgow University.  He subsequently worked in mixed general practice in Northern Ireland before joining the Veterinary Sciences Division of AFBI, where he was Head of the Salmonella and Brucella culture National References Laboratories as well as Head of the bovine TB culture and TB immunology groups. 

While working in AFBI, he was principal investigator within a number of international research consortia which included study of the early pathogenesis of TB and Johne’s Disease, the evaluation of novel vaccine and diagnostic targets for bovine mycobacterial diseases and the effect of parasite co-infection on mycobacterial immune responses and disease outcomes. 

Contact Sam by email here.

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