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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 Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Reading List

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

ACVIM Cardiology Reading List

“Listed books represent current resources that may cover similar content and thus may be redundant to each other. The candidate should be familiar with the relevant concepts covered in these books. Not all books in each subject area are necessary to adequately cover all concepts as outlined in the document formally known as the GIG (GIG replacement-Certification Manual for Residents Mentors and Training Programs-CMRMT). In addition this list is not meant to exclude other resources that adequately address concepts as outlined in the GIG.
Note: When more than one edition is available then the most current edition is listed but earlier editions are often current enough with respect to core concepts.
Veterinary cardiac literature from 2015 – September 1st, 2019 should receive the most attention. In addition some relevant veterinary studies published in the human literature may be cited. Veterinary cardiac literature older than 2015 may also be referenced if more current publications have not addressed the topic.

Serial Textbooks:


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 .

Veterinary medical journals include:

Human medical journals that may be cited include:

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