Veterinary diagnostic laboratory earns top rating

By Peter Kent

Image depicts cattle at the veterinary diagnostic laboratory.

Global economic uncertainty will create challenges for U.S. beef and pork exports in many countries, but the main concern for foreign consumers is meat safety.

Clemson’s Livestock-Poultry Health unit is responsible for ensuring livestock and poultry health and the safety of meat and poultry products in South Carolina. Inspectors visit livestock farms, auction houses and meat processing plants to ensure animals are healthy and meat products are safe.

The unit’s analytical laboratory recently was awarded full accreditation for all species by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

“Full accreditation means our lab meets or exceeds national standards of compliance, proficiency testing, quality assurance, safety and record keeping,” said Tony Caver, Livestock-Poultry Health director and state veterinarian. “This ensures that South Carolina meat products are safe for consumers and it meets international testing requirements for export opportunities.”


For more information: Tony Caver, 803-788-2260,;