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Veterinary Specialty Boards Reading Lists

Copies of veterinary specialty board exam reading lists with links to online materials and books and journals held by local libraries.

American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) Reading List

This is only a convenience copy of the ABVP reading list to help find copies of reading materials in local libraries.  It does not replace the official ABVP reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest ABVP reading list.

ABVP - Avian Reading List

The links below take you to the resources at the publishers' websites, which might prompt you for payment.  Your library might be able to provide these resources at comparatively lower or no cost to you. Tools like Unpaywall may also allow you to freely and legally access some of the articles you’re interested in.  Open access journals in which all articles are freely available are marked with .


"Please note that items drawn from current journals (with a 5 year look back period) are 1) from a journal on the RVS Reading List, 2) the question is drawn from the abstract only, and 3) the journal abstract must be inexpensively obtained. The exception to this is Veterinary Clinics of North America, where the exam taker is responsible for the whole article."


"Sources that are good, but may be difficult to acquire"

"(Exam questions will NOT use these as references.)"

"Examination items will be taken in large part from the sources designated in the recommended reading list.  Additional citations for examination items may include veterinary informational sources common to multiple species, such as (the most current editions of) Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook, and the Merck Veterinary Manual.

"Questions on the examination may be taken from sources other than this list."

Source: ABVP Study Guide - Avian

This resource updated: 8/26/2021

Textbooks updated to most recent edition: 8/26/2021

Source reading list reviewed: 11/25/2020

Source reading list updated by specialty board:  2020

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