Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Bio-security Q&A Event

24 June 2020

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Bio-security Q&A Event

The YFCU have teamed up with DAERA to host a live Question and Answer Event focusing on AMR and Bio-security- Wednesday 1st July at 7.30pm

The event will be co-hosted by Jim Blee, DAERA Deputy Director of Animal Health & Welfare Policy and Jessica Pollock, YFCU A&R Committee Chair.

The panelists for the evening consist of; Seamus Camplisson (Head of Health Protection Branch, Department of Health), Cathal Carr (AVSPNI President), Robert Huey (Chief Veterinary Officer) and Colin Smith (Industry Development Manager, Livestock and Meat Commission NI).

The aim of the Q&A is to:

The event is open to all and completely free to attend. With the online format viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions from the floor; both directly and/or through the hosts for the evening.

If you would like to attend please follow the below link: 


Robert Huey 

Robert Huey took up the position as Chief Veterinary Officer for Northern Ireland on the 11 November 2013.


He joined Veterinary Service in 1989, having spent five years in general mixed veterinary practice in Maghera, Co.Londonderry. After a period in general field duties, there followed a period teaching ‘Animal Health’ in Loughry Agricultural College, a general emersion in meat hygiene issues and  promotion various policy and delivery roles.  From 2002 to 2009 he was responsible for the delivery of DARD meat hygiene services for the Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland. 


He holds the RCVS Diploma in Veterinary Public Health (Meat Hygiene), is co-author of ‘Meat Hygiene’ and has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and an Associate Fellowship of the Royal Agriculture Society.


Robert has been involved in veterinary politics for many years.  He has held the positions of President of the North of Ireland Veterinary Association, the Veterinary Public Health Association and the Union of European Veterinary Hygienists, a specialist section of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.  He chaired the FVE Working groups on food hygiene and on the welfare of animals at slaughter both of which worked with the European Institutions on changes to legislation.

Cathal Carr

Cathal Carr has been in Veterinary practice in Coleraine since 1996.  Originally from Dublin, he graduated with a Physiology degree from Trinity College Dublin before going on to The Royal ‘Dick’ Veterinary College in Edinburgh. After a short time in mixed practice in Dromore Co. Down Cathal moved to mixed practice in Coleraine. After seven years, Cathal and his wife Anne Marie and took the opportunity to purchase a small animal practice.  They now concentrate mainly on Small Animal and Equine first opinion practice while still doing some TB testing.  Cathal has an interest in all types of veterinary and has been particularly involved in veterinary business having been on the board of SPVS (Society of Practising Veterinary Surgeons) from 2014 to 2020.

Colin Smith 

Colin has been Industry Development Manager with the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMC) since 2012.  He has overall budget responsibility for a wide range of business activities from the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme to LMC’s Education Services and Consumer Promotion activity.  In 2018 Colin joined the Board of Animal Health and Welfare Northern Ireland.

Colin is a graduate of the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and after returning to Northern Ireland worked as a Policy Officer and Senior Policy Officer with the Ulster Farmers Union for 5 years covering the Animal Health, Pigs, Poultry, Rural Enterprise and Rural Development portfolios in this time.  Colin has also completed an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice from the University of Ulster.