Meet the Scientist - Dr Barry McInerney

Date published: 07 June 2019

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Originally from Co. Clare, Dr Barry McInerney took up his position in AFBI in 2018. Barry qualified as a veterinary surgeon from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1996. After 10 years in large animal (mostly beef and dairy) private veterinary practice in Co. Limerick, he then returned to UCD to compete a full time Master’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering Technology (first class honours). On completion of the Master’s degree he then took up a PhD position in UCD looking at food and food animal safety and traceability in particular in the poultry food chain.

Dr Barry McInerney (Disease, Surveillance & Investigations Branch, AFBI)

Following successful completion of his PhD and a short post graduate contract he then joined Norbrook Laboratories GB Ltd, as GB & then European Technical Veterinary Adviser, providing veterinary technical support and advice, and product training not only internally to Norbrook sales and marketing teams, but also to Norbrook distributors, customers and product end users throughout the UK and Europe.  Dr McInerney then took up a role at Norbrook’s Global HQ in Newry Co Down as Head of Clinical Development, leading the successful delivery of numerous pivotal clinical studies for various territories including UK, EU and US.

Dr McInerney was also the Deputy Qualified Person for Pharmacovigilance (QPPV) during this time, helping the global QPPV to deliver a robust PV reporting system, ensuring completion of a number of regulatory authority audits.

Dr McInerney has particular interests in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mastitis in dairy cattle and the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of parasitic disease in production animals, particularly in light of current concerns regarding the development of anthelmintic resistance.

Interesting facts about Dr Barry McInerney:

  1. Can you cook? If so, what is your speciality dish?
    Yes, I love to cook steak with all the sides and homemade pepper sauce during the summer on the BBQ on a sunny Saturday evening.
  2. What is the last book you read?
    Paul O'Connell's autobiography.
  3. What is your favourite TV/Radio Show?
    My favourite TV is anything to do with sport, especially rugby, and my favourite radio show is talksport breakfast, which I listen to every morning on the way to work.
  4. What is your favourite Film?
    The deer hunter, platoon.
  5. If you weren't in your current position what job/career would you like to be doing?
    Barista - I love good coffee and would love to work with coffee and food as a career.
  6. What are your hobbies?
    Watching/following sport, running, reading, film and music, cycling/walking with my family.
  7. What is your favourite team/sport you support?
    My favourite sport is rugby and I follow Munster and Ireland.  When not playing Munster I also follow Ulster.  I also follow Liverpool and follow my own County Clare in hurling.
  8. What sport do/did you play?
    Hurling and soccer were the main sports I used to play.

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