Charles Louis Davis and Samuel Wesley Thompson DVM Foundation

For the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology

info@cldavis.org | Phone: 847-367-4359 | Fax: 847-247-1869
Facts About the Foundation
[Revised 02/01/2007]
  1. The Foundation defines pathology as the study of the manifestations and causes of disease in all species of the animal kingdom. Therefore, "pathology is the foundation of all medicine, for humans or other animals".
  2. The mission of the Foundation is to further the international advancement of education in veterinary and comparative pathology. Through a variety of outreach educational programs, the Foundation strives to advance the study of the diseases of animals (veterinary) and the comparison of diseases manifested by diverse species of animals. In the pursuit and dissemination of such knowledge, the Foundation hopes to improve the health and well being of all animals in the world, including man.
  3. The current computer membership database of the Foundation contains the names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses of more than 4,200 + individual veterinarians and other professionals in 96 countries, who are interested in the formal or informal study, practice or teaching of pathology and who consider themselves to be members of the Foundation. The Foundation does not share this information with outside agencies.
  4. Tenets of the Charles Louis Davis Foundation:
    1. The Foundation does not espouse nationalism.
    2. The Foundation's membership records do not carry any information concerning a member's race.
    3. The Foundation membership records do not carry any information concerning a member's ethnic background.
    4. The Foundation is apolitical.
    5. The Foundation is nonsectarian - the membership records of the Foundation do not carry any information concerning the religious preference of a member.
  5. Communications:
    1. The Foundation does not espouse nationalism.
    2. The Foundation telephone number is + 1-847-367-4359, and voice mail is available outside of working hours.
    3. The Foundation fax (+ 1-847-247-1869) is on 24/7/365.
    4. The Foundation e-mail address is info@cldavis.org.
  6. The homepage of the Foundation, at http://www.cldavis.org contains a great deal of information about the Foundation. A wealth of pathology information is free for downloading, including syllabi, images, and links to other valuable resources for veterinary pathologists and laboratory animal practitioners.
  7. The Foundation e-mail server serves members as well as non members who provide email address or attend foundation symposia. Foundation e-mails provide information about upcoming courses of the Foundation and allied organizations, available publications, employment and educational opportunities, and the availability of reference materials. For those individuals or entities which are corporate or institutional members or patrons of the Foundation, we will post advertisements for hiring of professional staff and meeting announcements.
  8. The Foundation's online store offers numerous publications and hundreds of hours of video tutorials prepared by our faculty, as well as guest lecturers. Each publication may be obtained by making the prescribed donation to the Foundation. Online purchase is made via credit card.
  9. The Faculty of Discussants of the Foundation is composed of over 100 renowned educators and researchers in veterinary pathology from Canada, Europe and the United States of America. They volunteer their time and expertise to enable the Foundation to present its highly praised symposia and seminars each year and to produce the video recordings of their presentations. During the last 3 decades, the faculty of the Foundation and it guest lecturers have donated over 70,000 hours of service to the Foundation.
  10. The Foundation presents over 30 highly acclaimed annual symposia, seminars, or workshops in Africa, Australia, India, Europe, South America and the United States of America. Recurring symposia are:
    1. An annual 5-day symposium on the Gross Morbid Anatomy of the Diseases of Animals
    2. An annual 3-day symposium on Advances in the Study of Animal Diseases in Western Europe
    3. An annual 3-day symposium on Advances in the Study of Animal Diseases in Eastern Europe
    4. An annual 3-day symposium on Advances in the Study of Animal Diseases in Southern and Eastern Africa
    5. An annual 4-day workshop and symposium on Laboratory Animal Diseases
    6. An annual 4-day workshop Topics In Laboratory Animal Medicine
    7. An annual 3-day symposium on The Pathology of Mutant Animal Models and Unusual Laboratory Animals
    8. An annual 3-day symposium on The Pathology of The Diseases of Free Ranging and Captive Aerial, Terrestrial, and Aquatic Wildlife
    9. An annual 2-day slide seminar and lectureship on Topics in Veterinary Pathology, Laboratory Animal Medicine and Marine Wildlife
    10. An annual West Coast 2-day slide seminar and lectures on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology
    11. An annual 2-day symposium on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology in conjunction with the Australian Animal Standards Program is presented during the month of May at each of the 7 state veterinary laboratories in Australia
    12. An annual 2-day symposium on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology alternating between Brazil and Argentina
    13. Quarterly 1-day symposia on Toxicologic Pathology and Drug Safety Evaluation in the northeastern states of the USA
    14. An annual 1-day slide seminar and lectureship on Diseases of Zoo Animals in conjunction with the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
    15. An annual 1-day symposium on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology in conjunction with the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
    16. An annual 1-day symposium on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology in conjunction with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists
    17. An annual 1-day symposium on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology in conjunction with the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists
    18. An annual 1-day symposium on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology in conjunction with the Australian Society of Veterinary Pathologists
    19. An annual 1-day symposium on Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology in conjunction with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
    20. An annual 1-day symposium on Aquatic Animal Pathology in conjunction with the International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine
    21. Special symposia are presented on an ad hoc basis in North America and Europe in recent years have included such topics as Laboratory Animal Pathology (EUROPOLA 2003 and 2006) and Dermatopathology (2005).
  11. The Foundation has established 12 independent study centers within the United States of America. Each center contains 4000 glass microscope slides of lesions in diverse animal species. Each case is documented and the specimens are cataloged so that they can be searched by disease entity, organ system or species.
  12. The sites are:
    1. Cornell University at Ithaca, New York
    2. The International Headquarters of The Foundation, Gurnee, Illinois
    3. NIEHS-NIH at Research Triangle Park
    4. Michigan State University
    5. Purdue University in Indiana
    6. University of Illinois at Chicago
    7. University of Wisconsin
    8. University of Missouri at Columbia
    9. Texas A & M University
    10. Colorado State University
    11. Western University of the Health Sciences in Pomona
    12. Office of the San Diego County Veterinarian
  13. The Foundation has also established 7 international independent study centers:
    1. Royal Veterinary College in London
    2. University of Belgrade in Serbia
    3. Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru
    4. Chonnam National University in Gwangju, Korea
    5. The Himachal Pradesh Agricultural University at Palampur, India
    6. The University of The Philippines at Los BaÒos
    7. The Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand
    8. The inventory of these 7 centers consists of over 300 hours of illustrated lectures of the faculty of the Foundation recorded on 155 DVD disks.
  14. The Foundation circulates study sets, composed of over 200 microscopic slides of lesions in diverse animal species with appropriate documentation, to academic institutions and pathology or laboratory animal medicine residency training facilities in the United States. Currently, 48 study sets are in circulation at 16 training sites. Currently, the CITES Convention precludes participation by organizations outside the U.S. borders.
  15. The Foundation has sponsored a veterinary student externship program for the past 2 decades, wherein interested veterinary undergraduate students may spend their summer vacation with a preceptor in an institutional pathology laboratory or lab animal facility; Since 1983, 69 undergraduate veterinary students from veterinary schools, in Canada, St. Kitts, Mexico, Costa Rico, Ireland, Netherlands, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States have participated in this program. Upon graduation from their school of veterinary medicine 26 have entered postgraduate or residency training in veterinary pathology or zoo animal medicine.
  16. The Foundation conducts an annual awards reception for outstanding students and educators in the field of veterinary pathology. The awards reception is held at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Since it's inception over 550 veterinarians from Canada, Taiwan, India, England, Ireland, Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, and the United States have been presented appropriate awards at the annual awards reception.
  17. To enhance the curriculum of each veterinary school in the world, the Foundation has developed an annual volume composed of 12 hours of lecture by 4 members of our faculty. Three 50 minute lectures are recorded on each of 4 T160 DVDs. Sets are delivered to approximately 240 schools annually, as dedicated funds allow.
  18. The Foundation has no endowment to support the activities described above. All monies for the execution of its programs and activities are derived from monetary contributions made by its corporate, institutional and individual contributors and patrons, largely in the form of course tuitions and distribution of publications. The Foundation continues to solicit badly needed funds by patrons and sponsors in order to continue its global outreach program around the world.
  19. The Foundation has no employees. The manpower needed to perform all the services and functions described above are performed by over 160 valued volunteers.
  20. The Foundation publishes a monthly newsletter which is distributed by mail or e-mail to each of its constituents throughout the world. Any health science professional can receive a subscription may request a free subscription at info@cldavis.org,
  21. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated in the State of Illinois, USA and is classified as a tax exempt, section 501 (c)(3) of the internal revenue code of the USA, donative, publicly supported charity, sections 170(b)(A)(vi) and 509 (a)(1) of the internal revenue code of the USA, and is assigned FEIN 62-6091432
  22. The Foundation always has a number of proposed initiatives, consisting of outreach programs, annual symposia, homepage features, and publications which are in various stages of development or are undergoing feasibility studies. New initiatives for 2007 include new symposia in Korea, Peru, and Boston, MA, and courses in conjunction with the IAAAM, STP, and ACLAM. In 2008, new initiatives will begin in Colombia and Chile, and meetings in conjunction with the AAEP and AAHA. The Foundation continually solicits valuable suggestions from its over 4200 members, and strives to make each one a reality.