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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 - Canine/Feline Reading List

Medicine

Medicine and Surgery

Surgical

Hemic/Lymphatic

Immunologic

Infectious

Integument/Mammary

Internal Medicine

Metabolic

Musculoskeletal

Nervous

Nutritional

Oral/Dentition

Pathologic

Pharmacologic

Reproductive

Respiratory

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."

"The following is a list of topics typically covered on the examination along with suggested textbooks. The newest editions of these texts are recommended, and other recently published books may also be helpful. Candidates are not expected to purchase or read all of these texts; emphasis should be on the areas of medicine and surgery where candidates feel deficient.

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

Source: ABVP Study Guide - Canine and Feline

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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