The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of the study of the pathology and disease of animal species, and comparison of these changes to man. The Foundation supports is mission by a variety of mechanisms, including the presentation of symposia & seminars on a regular basis in the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and South America; the operation of independent study centers currently at 12 sites in the United States and 5 international sites, as described elsewhere on the homepage; the monthly rotation of study sets, for undergraduate and graduate study, to over 20 universities and government agencies in the united states; (see upcoming meetings of the Foundation); and the development of DVD videotutorials for the worldwide curriculum enhancement program and their distribution to the veterinary schools of the world.
There are over 400 schools of veterinary medicine in the world and it is conservatively estimated that they will graduate a minimum of 20,050 veterinarians per year, or 200,500 veterinarians during the next decade. The faculty of the Foundation is composed of the most renowned educators and researchers in the field of veterinary and comparative pathology in the world. The worldwide curriculum enhancement program connects these premier educators with the students of every school of veterinary medicine in the world, through the distribution of selected special DVD video to each school.
The objectives of this program are:
- To enhance the education of every undergraduate veterinary student in the world.
- To impact global hunger in a meaningful and lasting way through improving veterinary science throughout the world.
- To impact on the health and population of beasts of burden and thereby the agriculture of countries where man must still farm with the help of draft animals.
- To impact on the health of man by providing veterinarians with the knowledge to recognize those diseases of animals which serve as sentinels of disease.
- To enhance the development of new sources of animal protein in the diet of mankind, by providing instruction on fish production (farming) and the diseases of fish which attend such forms of farming.
- To provide resources to veterinarians throughout the world on the recognition and diagnosis of the diseases of zoo and free ranging wildlife animals to assist them in the conservation and protection of these animal populations.
- To impact global poverty, for truly "animal health is a nation's wealth", as recent events in the poultry and cattle industries throughout the world has shown.
The Foundation has developed a series of video tutorials to provide each faculty of veterinary pathology a convenient and enjoyable means of presenting 12 outstanding 1-hour lectures to their students. In September 2001, the Foundation commenced distribution of volume 1 of this series of videotapes. Upon enrollment in the worldwide curriculum enhancement program, the faculty of pathology of the applicant school of veterinary medicine will receive a single shipment, via air mail (outside the USA) composed of 4 DVD video tutorials, each containing 3 lectures. The lectures will present an overview, including what is new and different, of the diseases of the following species of animal:
- Diseases of Ruminants, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Lynda C. Kelley, Pathology Division, FSIS, USDA, Athens, Georgia, USA
- Diseases of Horses, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. John M. King, New York College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
- Diseases of The Reproductive Tract, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Claus D. Buergelt, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
- Avian Diseases, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. H. L. Shivaprasad, California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Service, Tulare, California, USA
- Diseases of Dogs and Cats, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Donald J. Meuten, School of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
- Diseases of Wildlife, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Claus D. Buergelt, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
- Diseases of Non-Human Primates, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Anne D. Lewis, Oregon Regional Primate Center, Beaverton, Oregon, USA
- Synopsis of Current Management and Production Strategies and Clinical & Pathological Aspects of the Inflammatory Reaction in Fish, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Stephen A. Raverty, Veterinary Pathologist, Animal Health Centre, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
- Dynamic Cardiovascular Pathology, 6 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Hansruedi Luginbuehl, Professor Emeritus, Institute For Animal Pathology, University of Berne.
- Pathology of the Liver, 4 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. T. S. G. A. M. Van Den Ingh, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
- Veterinary Pathology - Macroscopic Descriptive Techniques, 4 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Bruce H. Williams, Chairman of the Department of Telemedicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Washington. D.C.
- Toxicological Pathology of the Eye, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Mervyn Robinson, Syngenta Health Assessment, Central Toxicology Laboratory, Alderley Park, Macclesfield
- Ophthalmic Pathology of Animals, 4 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Brian Wilcock, Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, Univ. of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
- Pathology of Foreign Animal Diseases, 2 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Corrie C. Brown, Department of Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
- Diseases of Wildlife, 3 lectures on 1 DVD by Dr. Scott D. Fitzgerald, Michigan State University, Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Lansing, Michigan, USA
- Diseases of Bovine Ruminants, 3 lectures (@50 min each) on 1 DVD by Dr. Claus D. Buergelt, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
Academic institutions who desire to enroll in the worldwide curriculum enhancement program may send a note via fax, email or post:
Charles Louis Davis, D.V.M. Foundation
6245 Formoor Lane, Gurnee, Illinois