ASVCP History

The American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) was established in 1965 at an organizational meeting held in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) meeting in Portland, Oregon. For several years, veterinarians with interest and expertise in clinical pathology had informally gathered at annual AVMA meetings. These early meetings were facilitated by Dr. Harry Berrier, who was an important catalyst in the emergence of the ASVCP. Charter members of the society were Drs. Maxine J. Benjamin, Harry J. Berrier, H.A. Carper, Clarence R. Cole, Embert H. Coles, Donald E. Jasper, Horace C. Morgan, Harry C. Mussman, Victor Perman, Jay H. Sautter, Oscar W. Schalm, Margaret W. Sloss, and John B. Tasker. In 1983, the ASVCP began holding its annual meeting in conjunction with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP), a practice that continues to the present.

Membership in the ASVCP has grown from the original 13 to over 600 in 2012. Members include veterinary clinical pathologists, medical technologists, residents and graduate students in clinical pathology, and specialty veterinarians and diagnosticians in veterinary and medical schools, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, diagnostic laboratories, government laboratories, and private practice. The society is international in scope and includes members from Australia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, England, France, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland in addition to the United States