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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 - Shelter Medicine

"The following is a list of topics, which will typically be 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: rather emphasis should be placed on subject matter where candidates feel deficient."

Animal Cruelty | Behavior and Welfare | Euthanasia | Epidemiology and Statistics | General Medicine and Surgery (Including Population Medicine) | Infectious Disease | Rabbits and Small Mammal Care | Shelter Management/Policy Development

Animal Cruelty

Behavior & Welfare

Euthanasia

Epidemiology & Statistics

One of the following four titles:

General Medicine & Surgery - Including Population Medicine

One of the following three titles:

Infectious Disease

Either of the following two titles:

Either of the following two titles:

Rabbits & Small Mammal Care

Shelter Management/Policy Development

FEMA Courses

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 .

Relevant articles from the last five (5) years.

Primary Journals

Supplemental Journals

From the board:

The following is a list of topics, which will typically be 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 - rather, emphasis should be placed on subject matter where candidates feel deficient.

This resource updated: 8/31/2021

Textbooks updated to most recent edition: 8/31/2021

Source reading list reviewed:  11/25/2020

Source reading list updated by specialty board: 2020

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