Clemson vet elected to national advisory council

CLEMSON — Clemson Livestock-Poultry Health veterinarian Adam Eichelberger has been elected to the national Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine. The council advises the American Veterinary Medicine Association executive board about livestock and food health, food safety and communicable diseases.

Eichelberger is Livestock-Poultry Health director of animal health programs and is based in Columbia. He was nominated by the S.C. Association of Veterinarians and was voted to the position at the AVMA meeting in Denver.

Eichelberger will serve three years on the national council, which provides advice on food-related issues, health of livestock and food animals, diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals and the prevention, control and eradication of diseases.

Eichelberger joined Clemson University in 2010 as an Extension/field veterinarian for the Livestock-Poultry Health division and the S.C. state veterinarian’s office. The division oversees animal health and the quality of meat and poultry products produced in South Carolina. These services support South Carolina’s $34 billion agribusiness industry.

In 2013, Livestock-Poultry Health director and state veterinarian Boyd Parr appointed Eichelberger as Animal Health Programs director, coordinating efforts to protect the health of food animals and other livestock. Protecting the health of S.C. livestock not only aids farmers in maintaining profitability in their operations but also helps ensure continued access to both domestic and international markets for S.C. livestock producers.

Before joining Livestock-Poultry Health, Eichelberger was in private veterinary practice in Aiken. Eichelberger grew up in Ninety Six and is a Clemson graduate. He earned his veterinary degree from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in theriogenology (animal reproduction and obstetrics). Eichelberger is board certified by the American College of Theriogenology.