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Boyd Parr

Adjunct Professor
Special Assistant to the Provost
Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department




Educational Background

University of Georgia 1978

B.S. Pre-Professional Studies
Clemson University


Dr. Parr retired as SC State Veterinarian and Director of Livestock Poultry Health in July of 2021. In September of 2022, Dr. Parr accepted a part-time, time limited assignment as a Special Assistant to the Provost and is serving as Co-Chair of the Clemson College of Veterinary Medicine Steering Committee.
He grew up on a registered Jersey dairy farm in Newberry, SC and was active in 4-H, particularly the dairy project and dairy judging competition. Prior to joining Clemson University in 2004, Dr. Parr was in private veterinary practice for 26 years engaging in bovine production medicine serving clients in SC, GA, and NC with a focus on dairy and cow-calf operations.
Dr. Parr served two terms on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health for USDA and is a Past President of the US Animal Health Association and the Southern Animal Health Association. Dr. Parr served in the AVMA House of Delegates for eight years representing South Carolina and is currently a member of the SCAV Executive Committee. He represented USAHA on the AVMA Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee was elected to the AVMA Council on Public Health in 2021 and represents COPH on the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee and as Alternate on the AALC. Dr. Parr was recognized by the SC Association of Veterinarians as the Veterinarian of the Year (2012) and Distinguished Veterinarian of the year (2019), received the Distinguish Service Award from the SC Pork Board in 2015 and 2021, was inducted into the SC Dairy Hall of Fame in 2017 and received the Rowland P Alston, Sr Award for Excellence in Public Relations in 2019. He was recognized by the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine as a Distinguished Alumni (Academia) in 2020 and was recognized for professional achievement by the Clemson CAFLS Alumni Association in 2021. Gov. McMaster awarded Dr. Parr the Order of the Palmetto in 2021, SC's highest civilian honor.

Research Interests

One Health, Secure Food Supply Projects, Animal Disease Traceability

Extension and Outreach

Previously member of the Livestock and Forages Extension Program team


1. The Impact of Negative Health Tests for Cattle Introduced into Your Herd, Jersey Journal, February 2014, roundtable discussion with Dr. Boyd Parr, Dr. Donna Phillips, David Chamberlain, David Allen and Alan & Sharon Kozak.
2. The New Federal Traceability Rule: Impact on Cattlemen in Both Carolinas, The Carolina Cattle Connection, Vol. 27, No. 5 May 2013. Dr. Boyd Parr and Dr. David Marshall.
3. Herd Health: Beware of Rabies, The Carolina Cattle Connection, Vol. 26, No. 6 June 2012. Patty Scharko DVM, Stephanie Cox DVM and Boyd Parr DVM.


Order of the Palmetto
Dairy Hall of Fame
SC Farm Bureau recognition
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