This atlas would not have been possible without the efforts of veterinary internists and pet owners. In particular, we would especially like to thank our Contributors who participated in the creation of the International Veterinary Renal Pathology Initiative (IVRPI), under the auspices of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association – Renal Standardization Study Group (WSAVA-RSSG).
The following clinicians have been involved in case recruitment, sample collection and analysis of clinical data:
Claudio Brovida, ANUBI Ospedale per Animali da Compagnia, Moncalieri, Italy
Larry Cowgill, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, CA, USA
JD Foster, Friendship Animal Hospital for Animals, Washington DC, USA
Reidun Heiene, Ghent University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Department, Ghent, Belgium
George Lees, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX USA
David Polzin, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA
Harriet (Hattie) Syme, Department of Clinical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK
Shelly Vaden, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Astrid van Dongen, Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
All progress is made by people who are—in one way or another – standing on the shoulders of people who came before them and building on their prior accomplishments. This adage certainly applies to creation of this atlas, which is a product of the ongoing IVRPI. This initiative, which began in 2005, owes its existence to several groups of individuals, organizations, and institutions that we gratefully acknowledge for their substantial contributions to all of the IVRPI’s achievements. The IVRPI Organizing Committee included Claudio Brovida, Cathy Brown, Larry Cowgill, Jonathan Elliott, Roel Goldschmeding, Reidun Heiene, George Lees, Johan Jansen, David Polzin, Kinji Shirota, Bill Spangler, Shelly Vaden, and Astrid van Dongen.
From 2008 through 2013, the IVRPI was largely supported by Hills Pet Nutrition and Bayer Animal Health under auspices of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), which funded the WSAVA-Renal Standardization Study Group (WSAVA-RSSG) project. The WSAVA-RSSG, co-chaired by Larry Cowgill and David Polzin, was divided into two working groups to pursue its goals. The Clinical Working Group included Claudio Brovida, Larry Cowgill, Jonathan Elliott, Reidun Heiene, George Lees, David Polzin, Harriet Syme, Shelly Vaden, and Astrid van Dongen. The Pathology Working Group included Luca Aresu, Cathy Brown, Rachel Cianciolo, Johan Jansen, George Lees, Charles Mohr, Bill Spangler, and Jaco van der Lugt, plus 3 individuals (Brian Berridge, Fred Clubb, Jr., and Clare James) who made valuable contributions early on but later withdrew due to the demands of their other commitments.
We would also like to gratefully acknowledge those who have helped process and create the materials that are shown in this Atlas: Fred J Clubb (Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA); Ralph Nichols (Texas Heart Institute, Houston, TX, USA); Mary Sanders (Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX USA); Alan Fletchner, Anne Saulsberry and Florinda Jaynes (the Comparative Pathology and Mouse Phenotyping Shared Resource, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA); Mary Ard (Georgia Electron Microscopy Center); and Histopathology staff at Texas A&M University. Their expertise have helped immensely in the evaluation, diagnosis and characterization of renal disease in small animals. Two veterinary students from the Ohio State University, Natalia Jurcak and Hillary Sullivan, helped prepare images, text and clinical synopses. Will McAbee (Educational Resources, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia) helped create many of the colored transmission electron micrographs. Lastly, we appreciate the guidance and experience in digital publishing that were provided by Michael Shiflet at the Ohio State University Office of Distance Education and eLearning.