Philippine Veterinary Medical Association, Inc., USA
Fund-Raising Campaign Office
726 North School Street
Greenfield, Indiana 46140
May 1, 2009
I am writing you to solicit your financial support regarding a very important undertaking which will
significantly upgrade veterinary education in the Philippines. Consequently, veterinary services for
the livestock and poultry industries, companion animals, wildlife and fisheries and public health will
The project I am referring to is the on-going construction of a Veterinary Pathology Resource
Facility (VPRF) to house the Pathology Study Center (PSC) on the campus of the University of the
Philippines College of Veterinary Medicine (UPCVM) in Los Baños, Laguna. While many of you are
already aware of the project and have given monetary contributions, the following will serve as a
review of what has been accomplished as of this date and what more needs to be done to bring the
project to completion.
Through our initial efforts, the Charles L. Davis, DVM Foundation for the Advancement of Education
in Veterinary and Comparative Pathology (CL Davis DVM Foundation) here in the U.S. designated the
UPCVM as the first Independent Pathology Study Center in the Asia-Pacific Region. Consequently, a
partnership was formed between the Foundation and the Veterinary and Comparative Pathologists
Society of the Philippines (VCPSP) and the Philippine Veterinary Medical Association Inc., USA
(PVMA-USA), in order for the UPCVM-LB to develop plans for the construction of the VPRF to house
the PSC. Such plans were laid out in 2005.
The site selection and symbolic groundbreaking occurred on February 16, 2006 at the UPCVM-LB.
An initial payment of Philippine Pesos (PhP) 1 million was made on February 21, 2007 by the PVMA-
USA as “earnest money” for the building project. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was
signed on August 13, 2008, and construction commenced on September 3, 2008. The UP Los
Banos (UPLB) through Chancellor Velasco provided a counterpart fund of PhP 1 million for the
project. The PVMA-USA made a milestone payment for building construction of US $43,500 (more
than PhP 2 million) and the sum of US10K was recently delivered to the Director of the PSC.
However, an estimated additional amount of about US $60K is needed to insure timely completion of
the building and inauguration of the Center early next year (February 2010). Hence, this urgent
appeal. At this point, I want to emphasize that PVMA-USA is registered as a 501 C (3) non-profit
organization and all contributions through our organization is tax deductible.
When completed, the Center's facilities and collections will be open to all interested individuals, but
it is expected to serve mostly veterinarians, academic faculty (from all veterinary and medical
colleges), students, and pathologists. The Center will house histological preparations (glass
slides), macroscopic and microscopic photographs, preserved specimens from various Asian
countries as well as textbooks, scientific journals, videotapes, CDs and DVDs, computers,
projection equipment, a multi-headed teaching microscope and other microscopes, etc.
Additionally, the PSC, together with the UPCVM-LB facilities, will serve as a meeting venue for future
symposia, workshops and international conferences emphasizing various aspects of veterinary
pathology and related topics on veterinary and public health.
On behalf of the PVMA-USA and the VCPSP and of myself, thank you for your generous financial
support. Please count yourself among those who will be individually recognized per the attached
brochure as having the foresight and wisdom to contribute to this invaluable resource for the future
and well-being of animals and peoples of the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Region.
Meliton N. Novilla, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Immediate Past President, PVMA-USA & VCPSP International Coordinator
P.S. Please take time to read the enclosed brochure. Our situation is urgent.
A Note from Dr. Conrado Valdez, Dean UPLB CVM
April 15, 2009
Please find in the attached pictures the nearly completed building of the Veterinary Pathology
Resource Facility. As I have mentioned during our telephone conversation, we need about one
million pesos (PhP1M) or approximately twenty-two thousand five hundred US dollars ($22,500) for
the finishing touches of the facility (tiling, painting, ceiling plus light fixtures). This facility when
finally completed will become an important laboratory for undergraduate and graduate study in the
field of veterinary pathology. At present, the facility is already a part of the eco-tourism plan of the
University of the Philippines Los Baños.
Many thanks for your great efforts in spearheading the putting up of this important landmark. I hope
that other UPCVM alumni will extend a helping hand to finally complete this facility. Best regards
and God bless.
|The PVMA-USA was organized
in 1993 to provide sustained
assistance to Veterinary
schools in the Philippines.
Our vision is focused on
associations of Philippine
trained veterinarians into one,
united PVMA in America.
|Philippine Veterinary Medical Association Inc., USA
Tante Tinaza, DVM
Larry Hirshenson, DVM
Carmen Cortez, DVM,
PhD - Secretary
Leovy Catalla, DVM
Ernie Cuaresma, DVM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gerry Mamaclay, DVM
New England States
Romy Perez, DVM
Tony Romero, DVM
Romy Santos, DVM
Dan Bautista, DVM
Ausberto Taguinod, DVM
Dennis Sadang, DVM and
Fred Aquino, DVM
Jimmy Velasco, DVM and
Felix Lapuz, DVM
Camilo de Guzman, DVM
Tom Jacobs, DVM
Amado Martin, DVM
Steve Dempsey, DVM
John Brooks, DVM
Arnel Peralta, DVM
Immediate Past President:
Mel Novilla, DVM, PhD
Rudy O. Lizardo, DVM
John M. Reduque, DVM
Baby Malihan, DVM
Del Tumibay, DVM
Perfecto Santiago, DVM
|Exterior Views of the Pathology Study Center (PSC) at the UPLB CVM
|Interior views of the PSC First Floor
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The PVMA, Inc., USA is a registered tax-exempt 501 3c organization; your donation is tax deductible.