Caver named state veterinarian
J. Anthony (Tony) Caver, DVM, has been named state veterinarian and director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health Programs in Columbia. Livestock-Poultry Health Programs include the Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Animal Health Regulatory Programs, and the Meat and Poultry Inspection Department for the state of South Carolina.
Caver joined Clemson in 1981 as an area supervisor for the Meat and Poultry Inspection Department. Later, he worked as a pathologist and co-director for the Veterinary Diagnostic Center. He has served as interim director of Livestock-Poultry Health Programs since June 2002 when former director Jones W. Bryan retired. Prior to joining Clemson, Caver was in private veterinary practice in the Aiken-Augusta area.
Caver’s special interest is zoonotic diseases, those that can be transmitted from animals to humans. He completed the Foreign Animal Disease Pathology course at Plum Island (NY) Animal Disease Center in 2001. He is a lieutenant colonel and Chief of Public Health Services in the S.C. Air National Guard and served on the Preventive Aerospace Medicine team in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He earned a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee Institute, as well as a Master of Public Health degree with a major in epidemiology from the University of South Carolina.