With Hurricane Matthew churning toward the East Coast, thousands of South Carolinians ponder the predicament of what to do with their animals if the storm hits home.
Planning for an emergency can be tough enough just for family members. It's even more complex when you consider the safety and well-being of pets and farm animals. Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health is helping animal owners and local authorities prepare for emergencies.
A serious horse disease carried by mosquitos has spread across South Carolina, making it essential that horse owners have their animals vaccinated, according to officials with Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health.
State veterinary officials are urging South Carolina horse owners to vaccinate their animals following the discovery of an unusually early case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in a horse in Horry County.
South Carolina state veterinarian Boyd Parr, director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health, has chosen to lead the 1,100-member U.S. Animal Health Association.
Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health (LPH) has compiled an online resource that puts all the necessary information for confronting a potential avian influenza outbreak at South Carolinians' fingertips.
The Clemson University Veterinary Diagnostic Center has added another weapon in its arsenal against the possibility of an outbreak of avian influenza. The laboratory, which is charged with identifying strains of animal disease, has earned ISO 17025:2005 accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization, a level which certifies that the lab meets all international standards for testing, sampling and calibration.
Funding to bolster South Carolina’s defense against a disease that could severely damage the state’s poultry industry tops a list of Clemson University budget requests presented to a House Ways and Means Subcommittee.
As waterfowl wing their way southward on the autumn winds, duck hunters soon will scan the skies for signs of their first targets of the season. This year, another kind of hunter will be on the lookout, too. Clemson University veterinarians will be searching for signs of a devastating avian influenza that infects wild waterfowl and can destroy domestic poultry — a huge source of income for South Carolina farms.
With fall fully entrenched and winter on the way, livestock producers will be depending more and more on stores of hay to keep their animals healthy and well fed until spring. But early October's historic flooding event ruined tens of thousands of hay bales, thus creating the likelihood of shortfalls that eventually could put animals at risk and producers in dire straits.
Agriculture damage assessment from the historic flooding has begun, and officials are asking farmers for help in reporting damage involving South Carolina livestock and poultry.
Experts in veterinary practice management, infectious diseases and emergency preparedness will be featured presenters at Clemson University’s Veterinary Continuing Education Workshop.
The leader of South Carolina's effort to maintain the health of sheep and goats now leads the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP).
South Carolina’s state veterinarian has confirmed the first 2015 case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the state in 2015. An unvaccinated horse died from the disease in Barnwell County.
South Carolina officials are asking the public to keep an eye out for a strain of avian flu that has been identified in seven states and is potentially deadly to poultry.