Michael A. Carter, DVM MPH
Assistant Director of VS-SPRS-Cattle Health Center

USDA-APHIS-VS Surveillance, Preparedness and Response Services

Riverdale, MD


Dr. Carter has been the coordinator of the USDA’s Johne’s disease program since April of 2000. His role in Veterinary Services is to support the VS field operations in developing State and National Johne’s disease programs, developing research programs and advising national Johne’s disease policy. Dr. Carter has a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Dairy Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, VA in 1994 and received a Masters of Public Health in 1998 from John’s Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.


Dr. Carter’s past work included a predominately dairy veterinary practice in southwest Pennsylvania for two years after VMRCVM. Upon graduation from Hopkins, he started working at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with the Emerging Infections Program. His role there was an epidemiologist working with the Foodborne Disease Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet). His surveillance activities with FoodNet involved Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Listeria, E. coli O157:H7, Yersinia, Vibrio, and Cryptosporidia and dealt with both surveillance of sporadic illnesses and outbreak investigations.