A Charleston County dog has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. Boyd Parr, state veterinarian and director of Clemson Livestock Poultry Health (LPH), said a private veterinarian chose to test the dog – an 8- or 9-year-old shepherd mix hospitalized for a chronic health condition – for SARS-CoV-2 after one of its owners was confirmed to have COVID-19.
An unvaccinated horse in Marion County, S.C., has died after contracting Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the first such case in the state in 2020. Clemson University livestock health officials warn that vaccinating horses and controlling mosquitos are the only defenses against deadly viruses like EEE and West Nile.
Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health has released the control area surrounding a Chesterfield County turkey farm that was struck in April with a Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus.
Clemson Livestock Poultry Health officials have identified a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Chesterfield County. It is the first confirmed case of HPAI in commercial poultry in the United States since 2017.
Emergency responders must plan for events they hope will never happen. Fast and knowledgeable treatment is the mission of first responders like hazardous materials teams, fire fighters, rescue and medical personnel -- including veterinarians.
COLUMBIA — You can evacuate the hurricane if need be. Your four-legged friends need help with the decision. “Many animal owners are hesitant to evacuate unless they know their animals will be safe. But staying behind can put families in harm’s way, and leaving pets behind can hamper the efforts of first responders entering the […]
South Carolina’s state veterinarian announced Monday that the state's first case this year of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Boyd Parr, South Carolina state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health, called it "a clarion call for vaccinations against diseases like EEE and West Nile Virus."
Nothing succeeds like success, and horse owners have the chance to build on their success in 2018 — providing they don't rest on their laurels. South Carolina had one of the lowest incidences of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the Southeastern United States in 2018 — just a single case in Chesterfield County — along with four cases of West Nile Virus in horses.
In her 50+ years on the job, a lot of things have changed. Telephone switchboards morphed into cellphones, computers transitioned from large mainframes to handheld devices and typewriters deferred to desktops.
Boyd Parr, South Carolina State Veterinarian and director of Clemson University’s Livestock Poultry Health (LPH) Agency, was awarded an American Veterinary Medicine Foundation 2018 Paws Up Award. The award recognized Parr and his agency for their efforts helping pet owners and food animal producers protect their animal loved ones and livelihoods from weather disasters.
CLEMSON — Agriculture does more than feed South Carolina’s residents. It enriches the state’s economy. It encompasses an impressive 4.5 million acres, 25,000 farms, and it represents a $41.7 billion annual economic impact. And Clemson University — from its 17,500-acre Experimental Forest to its half dozen research labs that span the state — is South […]
For the second time in less than a month, South Carolina officials have issued a temporary waiver of certain requirements for farm animals being evacuated due to a hurricane.
With widespread flooding in eastern South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Clemson University Cooperative Extension is offering resources to help meet hay needs of the state’s livestock producers, both in the short term and throughout the winter.
The storm will pass. Then comes the work of assessing the deluge of damage. A single damage assessment form for farmers — available online now — will help gather information that state and federal officials can use to speed relief.
State Veterinarian Boyd Parr has suspended some of the requirements for the interstate transport of animals to accommodate evacuations ahead of Hurricane Florence.