Boyd Parr

State Veterinarian, Director CULPH
Adjunct Professor
Livestock and Forages Program Team, Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department, Office of the State Veterinarian

Office: 500 Clemson Rd., Columbia, SC 29229
Phone: 803-726-7813


 Educational Background

University of Georgia 1978

B.S. Pre-Professional Studies
Clemson University


Dr. Parr 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. He represents USAHA on the AVMA Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee and is Co-Chair of the Animal Identification and Information Systems Council of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture. Dr. Parr was recognized by the SC Association of Veterinarians as the Veterinarian of the Year in 2012, received the Distinguish Service Award from the SC Pork Board in 2015,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.

 Research Interests

Mid-Atlantic Secure Milk Supply Project, SC Voluntary Johne's Disease Control Program, Animal Disease Traceability

 Extension and Outreach

Member of the team of veterinarians with Livestock Poultry Health who serve as Extension Veterinarians on the Extension Livestock & Forages 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.