Joe O’Flaherty graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland (1986) and worked in mixed practices in Ireland, England and Wales, before joining the Department of Agriculture as a Veterinary Inspector in 1992.
In addition to his veterinary qualification, Joe holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in European Studies, and a Masters of Economic Science (Public Policy Analysis). He is a former recipient of the Whitaker Award from the Institute of Public Administration.
Prior to joining AHI, Joe worked with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. His career with DAFM included 3 years at the Irish Embassy in Madrid, where he held the post of Agricultural Attaché, and 3 years in a policy analyst role.
Joe has held the post of CEO of Animal Health Ireland in a full-time capacity since September 2009.
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David Graham - Deputy CEO and Programme Manager Biosecure Diseases
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.
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Finola McCoy - Senior Programme Manager CellCheck
Finola graduated from University College Dublin in 1997 with a degree in veterinary medicine. She spent the following 11 years working in various mixed practices in Ireland, UK and New Zealand, and during this time developed a keen interest in the dairy industry. Working with large dairy herds in New Zealand provided an invaluable insight into some of the challenges associated with herd expansion and disease control. While working in practice she undertook a Masters in Science in Livestock Health and Production through the University of London, which she completed in 2006.
Finola joined the Teagasc research team in Moorepark in 2008, as the mastitis research officer. She co-ordinated and managed a pilot study evaluating a team-based approach to mastitis control, as well as collaborating on other research projects. She has a keen interest and experience in international models of mastitis control. While working for Teagasc she commenced working as Programme Manager for CellCheck, and joined the AHI staff in May 2013 to continue working in that role.
Finola has been awarded a 2014 Nuffield scholarship, to explore the topic of building strong professional teams and networks among rural service providers.
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Nuala Morgan - Office Manager & Company Secretary
Nuala has many years of experience working with various companies such as City of Dublin VEC and IBEC. She left Dublin in 1997 and moved to Carrick on Shannon where she managed her own restaurant business.
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Karol Harvey - Planning & Operations
Karol holds a degree in Business with Accounting from the University of Ulster and a Masters Degree in Strategic Management and Planning from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He comes to AHI with experience of management consultancy, operations planning, and administration in a variety of fields, ranging from construction to human health. Karol will provide the organisation with the capacity to plan and deliver CellCheck – the new mastitis control programme as well as other programmes that have potential for national application, such as those for the control and eradication of BVD, Johne’s Disease, IBR and the infertility programme.
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Rebecca Carroll - Programme Manager
Rebecca graduated from University College Dublin in 2007 with a degree in veterinary medicine. She initially worked in mixed practice in Kilmacthomas, Co.Waterford before moving to New Zealand and working in a large mixed practice in the Waikato region. Here she developed an interest in large animal veterinary medicine and particularly in herd health. Returning to Ireland in 2011 she worked in a dairy-focused practice in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. While in practice she completed a Certificate in Dairy Herd Health through University College Dublin.
Rebecca’s work with Animal Health Ireland will focus on supporting profitable beef production, with a particular emphasis on the development of a major project to capture relevant animal health information from slaughter premises
Grainne Dwyer - Communications and Events
Animal Health Ireland is delighted to welcome on board Gráinne Dwyer.
Grainne comes to Animal Health Ireland with many years experience in the area of administration, communications and event management. She had been working with AHI in a consultative capacity for two year prior to joining the
organisation on a full-time basis in 2012.
Gráinne worked for several years in the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland in a number of roles including administrator of their professional indemnity insurance. More recently, she was General Secretary of the Irish Grassland Society, a position she held for eight years. In 2007 she left the IGA to set up her own company, Nore Conference Services, acting as a Consultant to several major agricultural events, including Beef Expo 2008, Beef Expo 2010 and the Nuffield International Conference.
In 1999, Gráinne was the first woman in Ireland to be awarded a Nuffield Scholarship. Her study topic was an examination of the role of women in agriculture. She travelled to Norway, France, New Zealand and Australia to research her subject.
Gráinne Dwyer comes to Animal Health Ireland with many years experience in the area of administration, communications and event management. She had been working with AHI in a consultative capacity for two year prior to joining the organisation on a full-time basis in 2012.
Contact Grainne by email here.
Jackie Dempsey - Administrator
Jackie graduated from the Dublin Institute of Technology with a degree in Marketing in 1987.
She then worked in a financial services firm in the U.S.A. for many years, holding various administrative and accounting posit
ions. After returning to Ireland Jackie spent a few years raising a family while continuing her education and training as a secondary school teacher.
She joined AHI in March 2012 and works as a part time administrator with particular focus on the BVD programme.
Nicola McKeon - Administrator
Nicola worked in London in Fleet and Insurance before moving to Ireland in 2003. She has many years of experience working with various companies in Ireland with a wide range of roles in administration.
She joined Animal Health Ireland in January 2013 and works as an administrator with particular focus on the Johne’s disease programme.
Lisa Byrne - Administrator
Lisa graduated from Sligo Institute of Technology with a degree in Business Administration in 2010. She spent two years in Toronto, Canada working in various administrative positions before returning to Ireland in 2012. After returning to Ireland she moved back to Mayo and worked as part of the finance team in a multinational organisation based there. Lisa joined AHI in December 2015, where she works as an administrator with particular focus on the CellCheck Programme, Skillnet’s and Finance.
Lorna Citer – Programme Manager Johne’s Disease -
Lorna graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1977 with a degree in veterinary science. She worked as a government veterinary officer on the National Brucellosis and TB Eradication Campaign (BTEC) in the late seventies, and in private mixed practice in Australia and the UK.
After a number of years working in private practice, Lorna developed an interest in vocational training and coordinated a rural training centre for a vocational training organisation where she focussed on delivering practical training programmes for farmers wanting to improve their farms’ profitability and productivity in New South Wales. She also undertook further study in project management and more recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Management.
Lorna joined the staff of Animal Health Australia in 2003 and for a number of years managed the National Johne’s Disease Control Programme. During this time she developed an interest in endemic diseases generally and has worked with the sheep and dairy goat industries on a number of national disease surveillance and control projects.