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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 subcategories listed within the Model Curriculum.

Epidemiology is the basic science with tools to support decision making processes in veterinary public health and preventive medicine. It deals with the investigation of diseases, production losses, and health issues in animal and human populations. Essential activities within epidemiology encompass the broad areas of study design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Biostatistical methods and techniques are relied upon to objectively identify factors associated with specific outcomes. Preventive medicine professionals and other practitioners must be able to integrate and synthesize epidemiological findings with their knowledge from other basic and clinical sciences to design effective disease control and health maintenance programs. This includes the ability to plan surveillance or research activities and to evaluate the results.

Additionally, the ACVPM Exam will require biostatistical knowledge that is essential for a diplomate to operate within the preventive veterinary medicine fields. Candidates will need to demonstrate the ability to use and interpret basic biostatistics used epidemiologic studies and investigations. More specific examples of hypothesis tests and statistical techniques are listed within the Model Curriculum. General biostatistics books will provide the underlying knowledge but may need to 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 veterinary preventive medicine fields. See the ACVPM Model Curriculum for Food Protection subcategories."

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:  03/30/2022

Textbooks updated to most recent edition: 03/31/2022

Source reading list reviewed:  03/30/2022

Source reading list updated by specialty board: 01/2022

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