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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 College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) Reading List

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

Human Anesthesia Textbooks:








General Veterinary Medicine and Surgery:

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 .


Review for the last 5 years


Relevant anesthesia and analgesia related articles from:

This guide contains the list of books and journals recommended as study materials for the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) examination. 

Residents are responsible for ensuring they are using the correct edition of a book for their exam.

Please ask your librarian, mentor, or specialty board examination committee if questions arise.

"Candidates are advised to prepare for the examination by a systematic review of recent textbooks and periodicals. WE CANNOT DEFINE CONCLUSIVELY THE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO PASS THIS EXAMINATION. The following list is ONLY A GUIDELINE. Other selected chapters in different textbooks or articles in journals may be used by the candidates.  

"The examination questions and referenced answers are based on the list of textbooks below. The emphasis of the examination is on these recently published textbooks and research papers, however earlier principles reflected in key papers and references essential for the current practice of anesthesia and analgesia may be used."

Source: 2015 ACVAA Suggested Resources for Residents and Exam Candidates, American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

This resource updated: 11/1/2022

Textbooks updated to most recent edition: 2/22/2022

Source reading list reviewed: 07/2022

Source reading list updated by specialty board: 07/2022


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