David Graham 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, Johne’s and leptospirosis.
David is the deputy CEO and Programme Manager for Biosecure Diseases with AHI. His role is to lead and manage AHI projects relevant to the non-regulated biosecure diseases which have been prioritised for action by AHI, with particular emphasis on BVD and IBR. David also acts as programme manager for the Northern Ireland BVD eradication programme that is being overseen by Animal Health and Welfare NI www.animalhealthni.com.
Contact David by email here.