The University of the Philippines College of Veterinary Medicine at Los Banos was honored when it was designated by
the Charles Louis Davis, DVM Foundation for the Advancement of Education in Veterinary and Comparative Pathology
(C. L. Davis, DVM Foundation) as an Independent Pathology Study Center, only the fourth designated as such outside the
U.S.A. on June 25, 1998 and the only one in the Asia-Pacific Region.
The UPCVM-LB Pathology Resource Facility (PRF) will house the C. L. Davis, DVM Foundation Independent Study Center,
as well as those contributions from pathologists all over Asia. It will serve as the premier facility for veterinary and
comparative pathology for the Asia-Pacific Region complete with educational materials and modern facilities and
equipment for the advancement of the veterinary profession through the continuing education, training and development
of veterinary pathologists. Moreover, it will serve as both a major resource to the UPCVM-LB development of
postgraduate training and degree programs in veterinary pathology and a facility for visiting scholars and scientists.
Advancement of the veterinary profession through veterinary and comparative pathology education. The center will
serve as the venue for the continuing education, training and development of veterinary pathologists to equip them with
the necessary knowledge and skills to make early and accurate diagnosis of animal diseases for the treatment, control,
eradication and prevention. It will serve as the repository and reference center for new and interesting pathologic cases
benefiting the local and international veterinary communities.
The facility/center is open to educators, researchers, students, technical and professional colleagues with an interest in
veterinary and comparative pathology.
It will house the study materials from the vast archives of the C. L. Davis, DVM Foundation, teaching microscopes, digital
lectures and images, transparencies and glass slide sets of pathology specimens, video tapes, reference books and
other study materials, computers, audiovisual and other teaching equipment.
It will provide world class continuing education seminars, symposia and training programs in veterinary and
comparative pathology for both with local and foreign participants
It will accept diagnostic cases for study and referral.
This distinct privilege was made possible through the tireless energy, efforts and enthusiasm of Dr. Meliton N. Novilla,
former faculty and chair of the Department of Microbiology, Pathology and Public Health, now the Department of V.
Paraclinical Sciences, and the international coordinator of VCPSP. The plan to construct a Veterinary Pathology
Resource Facility (PRF) at the UP College of Veterinary Medicine was set in motion by Dr. Johnny Reduque, Immediate
Past President of the PVMA-USA and Dr. Salcedo Eduardo, former Dean, UPCVM and a fundraising campaign was
initiated. The PRF will also house specimens and materials from the Philippines and other Asian countries.
Construction of a Pathology Resource Building
at the UPCVM, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
This is a project of the Veterinary and Comparative Pathologists Society of the Philippines (VCPSP), Philippine Veterinary
Medical Association (PVMA), PVMA-USA Inc. and the University of the Philippines College of Veterinary Medicine
(UPCVM). The VCPSP was organized on February 17, 1998 with 27 charter members, including 7 from outside the
Philippines with this mission: Advancement and dissemination of veterinary and comparative pathology education,
research and extension service and to promote the professional skills of its members. Members include the pathology
faculty from all the Philippine veterinary schools, as well as practicing pathologists in government service and private
industry. The PVMA, organized in 1907, is the national organization of licensed veterinarians in the Philippines. With
about 2000 currently active members, the PVMA held its 71st Annual Convention in Cebu City on February 18-21, 2004.
The PVMA-USA Inc, inaugurated on September 1993, is composed of Philippine veterinary graduates organized primarily
to provide assistance to veterinary schools in the Philippines. The UPCVM, started in 1910 and located at the Los Banos
campus of the University of the Philippines system, is the leading institution of veterinary teaching and research in the
On February 17, 1998, VCPSP passed its first resolution authorizing Drs. SM Dempsey and MN Novilla to apply for
affiliation with the CL Davis DVM Foundation for the establishment of an Independent Veterinary Pathology Study Center
at the UPCVM, Los Banos, Laguna. On May 2, 1998, Dr MN Novilla appeared before the Board of Directors of the
Foundation to present above resolution. Subsequently, the Board unanimously approved the resolution, making the
UPCVM Center the 4th established outside the US and the only one in the Asia-Pacific Region.
On June 25, 1998 Dr. SW Thompson Foundation President formally informed Dean MF Manuel of the approval of an
Independent Pathology Study Center at UPCVM, his appointment as Director of the Center and an officer of the
Foundation, as well as, provided recommendations for equipping the Center. On October 1998, Dr. SL Eduardo who
replaced Dr. MF Manuel as Dean UPCVM confirmed that an office for the VCPSP could be provided at the Animal Disease
Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) in Tabon.
On March 29, 1999, Dr HA Hartman, VP and Registrar of the CL Davis Foundation completed organizing and packing the
study sets consisting of more than 3000 slides together with case histories and videotapes. Earlier, the PVMA-USA
through President DO Tumibay agreed to take care of the transport of study materials from New Jersey USA to Manila.
However, the shipment was postponed pending the resolution of the ban on international shipping of specimens from
endangered species (included in the study sets) imposed by the Commission on International Trade of Endangered
Species (CITES) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
In June 1999, Dr MN Novilla conferred with Dean SL Eduardo about the status of the study materials and physical
facilities for the Pathology Study Center. The VCPSP through its Corresponding Secretary, Dr HA Molina will manage the
activities of the Center under the direction of the Dean UPCVM; hence, Co-locating the Center with the UPCVM, not with
the ADDL in Tabon some distance away will better meet the needs. A new building situated close to and similar in
design to the Parasite Collection Center was agreed to during a February 2002 meeting between PVMA-USA President
JM Reduque and Dean Eduardo at UPCVM. Support for the plan was discussed and a start-up fund approved during the
September 8-9, 2002 PVMA-USA Meeting. In addition, the President wrote to veterinary alumni and friends in the US
requesting pledges of financial support for the Center.
On February 24, 2003, Drs. VA Matawaran (President VCPSP), Reduque, and Novilla, attended a joint planning meeting at
the UPCVM, Los Banos following which Dean Eduardo gave a tour of the Parasitology Museum and the proposed site for
the Center. Also, Dr. Novilla met with Dr. V. Matawaran, and Mrs. Nelia T. Gonzalez, President Asia World Properties at
the Ang Bahay ng Alumni in Diliman, Quezon City to discuss local fund-raising efforts for the Center. Together with the
solicitation fund campaign launched by the PVMA-USA, it should be possible to attain the goal of 5 million pesos (about
90,000 dollars; PhP56 = US$1) to cover construction of a building, furnish the rooms (conference, pathology museum,
slide archives) and offices (resident pathologist, visiting researcher), and purchase multi-headed microscopes,
computers and projection equipments. In March 2003, Lilly Research Laboratories donated a Leitz Laborlux 12
three-headed microscope for use at the Pathology Study Center.
Construction of a pathology resource building (PRB) to house the activities of the Pathology Study Center was discussed
with Dr. WT David, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines-Los Banos on February 23, 2004. Present at the
meeting were UPCVM Dean Eduardo, VCPSP officers Drs. Matawaran, Torralba, and Molina and some officers and
members of the PVMA-USA led by Drs. Novilla, Reduque, and Viloria. Mention was made of the on-going fund-raising
campaign in the USA and the 10,000 dollars seed money earmarked by PVMA-USA. Local campaigns by the PVMA and
VCPSP in the Philippines have started as well. Groundbreaking for the PRB was projected for February 2005. This was
considered to be a stretch goal since about 54,000 US dollars need to be raised before a memorandum of understanding
is signed with the University of the Philippines.
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