Kathryn MacDonald

Emergency Preparedness
Office of the State Veterinarian

Office: 500 Clemson Rd., Columbia, SC
Phone: 803-726-7801
Email: kmacdo2@clemson.edu


 Educational Background

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Michigan State University

Bachelor of Arts in Biology Sciences
Albion College


Dr. MacDonald manages and facilitates the multiple emergency preparedness and response roles that Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health (CULPH) has within South Carolina that are defined by legal authority or are mandated responsibilities.

During governor-declared emergencies, Dr. MacDonald leads and coordinates the state’s disaster response activities related to agriculture and animals (Emergency Support Function 17), which ensures coordination of statewide resources needed to support the citizens of South Carolina and protect and secure the state’s agricultural assets, food supply, food safety, and economy. The state’s Emergency Operations Plan encompasses a range of natural (e.g. hurricanes and pandemics) and technological/man-made (e.g. radiological accident) disaster incidents.

As the state animal health regulatory agency, CULPH assists in the prevention of animal diseases that threaten South Carolina’s livestock, poultry, and public health. During disease outbreaks within livestock or poultry, CULPH works with other partners to contain, control, and eliminate the outbreak. Dr. MacDonald plays a role to help coordinate response activities between the State Veterinarian, other CULPH subject matter experts, state agency partners, federal partners, and private industry.

Dr. MacDonald also serves in regional and national capacities such as:

- Southern Agriculture & Animal Disaster Response Alliance (SAADRA); Co-chair
- National Food and Agriculture Sector Government Coordinating Council; Chair of State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council
- National Training and Exercise Program Committee (Veterinary Services, US Department of Agriculture)