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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 Behaviorists (ACVB) Reading List

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

"Candidates are expected to be familiar with the classic and current behavior literature from various journal sources. The list should not be considered all-inclusive. Candidates are encouraged to search other journals for current behavioral studies."

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

"The ACVB has developed the Suggested Reading List for individuals applying for membership to serve as a general reading list of behavioral information... The intent of this more specific list is to help guide Candidates towards the more pertinent books that will assist them in preparing for the examination. This list is not intended to suggest that the Candidate should read every book on ethology or every book on learning theory, but rather to demonstrate the breadth and scope of veterinary behavior. Neither list should be construed as a commitment regarding specific examination material. For the purposes of studying for the ACVB examination, it is suggested that a Candidate review texts pertaining to general principles of behavior as well as species specific material, then use other books to fill in clinical information. Current texts in the fields of internal medicine, neurology, and neuroscience (Kandel et al) should also be reviewed with emphasis on veterinary behavior. More timely material, available in periodicals listed below, should be consulted as well. Refer to the general reading list for additional references."

Source: ACVB Applicant Packet, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

This resource updated: 11/15/2022

Textbooks updated to most recent edition: 11/15/2022

Source reading list reviewed: 11/15/2022

Source reading list updated by specialty board: 10/2019


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