Veterinarian named director of animal health programs

By Peter Kent

Dr. Boyd ParrBoyd H. Parr, DVM, has been selected as the new director of animal health regulatory programs for Clemson’s Livestock-Poultry Health Programs, based in Columbia.

“Dr. Parr joined the division in 2004 and has done an outstanding job as our field vet working with cattle and dairy herds,” said Tony Caver, state veterinarian. “His membership in national bovine and dairy associations gives Clemson University veterinary programs professional credibility at the state and national level.”

Parr brings to the position experience in enforcing state and federal animal health laws and regulations designed to protect animal health. The programs regulate testing and movement of livestock and poultry, auction markets, sales and all animal disease control programs in South Carolina.

Under Parr’s direction, the division successfully obtained a competitive USDA grant of nearly $200,000 to implement the National Animal Identification System. Because of his efforts, South Carolina became one of the first states in the nation to begin to register livestock premises, a vital step toward preventing diseased animals from entering the food system.

Prior to joining Clemson, Parr was in private practice for 26 years. A Newberry native, he earned a B.S. in pre-professional studies in animal and veterinary sciences from Clemson and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia in 1978.

For information: Boyd Parr, 803-788-2260, ext. 231,