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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 Preventative Medicine (ACVPM) Reading List

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

ACVPM - Preventive Medicine

Primary references applicable to more than one subject area:

"The Environmental Health and Toxicology section includes nine subcategories: Air; Land/soil; Water; Waste; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Occupational Health; Vectors; Radiation; and Toxicology.  An equal number of questions will be drawn from each subcategory in the multiple choice section of the exam.  The Toxicology subcategory draws upon the principles of toxicology and toxic substances in general.  Applied knowledge of toxicology is incorporated into many of the subcategories areas."

Primary References

Supplementary References

"The Epidemiology and Biostatistics section of the multiple choice exam includes questions that are drawn from 10 subcategories: Data distributions; Diagnostic tests; Measures of disease occurrence and measures of effect; Analytical study designs and measures of association; Biostatistics; Outbreak investigation; Causality; Basic epidemiology concepts; Economics; and, Surveillance and sampling designs.

"...Biostatistics -- The ACVPM General Exam will require biostatistical knowledge that is essential for a diplomate to operate within the preventive veterinary medicine fields. Basic biostatistics and the statistics used in epidemiologic studies and investigations will be the foci. General biostatistics books will provide the underlying knowledge required but should be supplemented with an analytic epidemiology text."

Primary References

Supplementary References

"Food science in the ‘Farm to Fork” spectrum is essential for a diplomate to operate within the preventive veterinary medicine fields.  The Food Safety section includes nine subcategories: Agents and sources of foodborne illness (including microbiological, virology, chemical, toxicological, and radiological); Preharvest; Postharvest and Processing; Detection methods and analytics; Food Defense; Food Security (as it relates to Food Safety); Product safety and consumer exposures; Outbreaks, epidemiology, and surveillance; Policy and regulation guidance, controls, and compliance; and Current Topics (e.g. biotechnology, nanotechnology, antimicrobial resistance, global health)."

Primary References

Websites provide key reference materials and current topics:

"The Infectious Diseases section includes eight subcategories: Immunology and Pathogenesis; Transmission; Pharmaceuticals; Biologics; Diagnostics and Chemicals; Bacterial, Viral, Rickettsial, Parasitic, TSE, and Mycotic Agents; Foreign Animal Diseases; and General."

Primary References

One of the following:

Supplementary References

(Basic Immunology and Infectious Agent Textbooks – Current Edition)

One of the following:
"The Public Health Administration and Education section includes nine subcategories: Risk Assessment; Communications (including Risk Communication); Governmental Function; Governmental Organization; Laws, Policies and Plans; Leadership; Prevention; Surveillance/Monitoring; and Evaluation."

Primary References

Supplementary References

This guide contains the list of books and journals recommended as study materials for the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) 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.

"[This] list of study references is NOT a definitive, exhaustive list for preparing for the ACVPM examinations in the five
subject areas:

  1. Environmental Health and Toxicology
  2. Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
  3. Food Safety
  4. Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
  5. Public Health Administration and Education

"Use this list as a guide, in as much as it represents a compromise between brevity and completeness.

"Supplementary titles are provided for those who wish to do additional reading.

"You are encouraged to read as much additional material as possible. Reading the current scientific and
professional literature (ProMed, JAVMA, MMWR, Lancet, NEJM, Science, etc.) is also necessary to properly prepare for the examinations."

Source: American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine Study References.

This resource updated:  02/25/2021

Textbooks updated to most recent edition: 9/27/2021

Source reading list reviewed:  02/25/2021

Source reading list updated by specialty board: 01/2021

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