Clemson veterinarian from Aiken honored

The Alumni Association of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine recently recognized Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health service veterinarian Adam C. Eichelberger of Aiken at its 50th Annual Veterinary Conference and Alumni Weekend in Athens.

Eichelberger, a 2003 graduate of the college, was honored with the Young Achiever Award for 2013.

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.

Eichelberger is interim director of Animal Health Programs that coordinate 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 in 2010, 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.

Serving also as an adjunct professor in animal and veterinary science, Eichelberger is a trained foreign animal disease diagnostician, board member for the S.C. Horsemen's Council and a board of director’s member of the S.C. Association of Veterinarians.

South Carolina has no veterinary colleges. The S.C. Commission on Higher Education has contracts with three veterinary colleges: the University of Georgia, Tuskegee University in Alabama and the University of Mississippi. The contracts allow state residents to apply to these schools and, if accepted, either pay in-state tuition or pay a lower tuition than out-of-state students.

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