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American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) Reading List

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

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

"All written examination questions are supported by a reference within the past seven years or from a textbook or journal article on this list of “Required” references."

Source:  ACVO Recommended Source Material/Reading List

This resource updated: 11/9/2016

Source reading list reviewed: 01/09/2016

Source reading list updated by specialty board: 01/2016

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

Required Textbooks

"All Written examination questions are supported by a reference within the past seven years or from a textbook or journal article on this list of 'Required' references."

Anatomy, Histology, Embryology

Physiology

Pharmacology

Pathology

Neuro-Ophthalmology

Surgery

Clinical Ophthalmology

Recommended Textbooks

Textbooks for Image Recognition Exam Portion

"The following texts may be useful in preparing for the Image Recognition portion of the examination. No questions will be derived from these texts for the Written portion of the examination."

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

Essential Veterinary Journals

"Past Seven Years of journal articles in print prior to Jan. 1 of the year of the examination.Date of e-publication is irrelevant. Example: for the 2016 ACVO Exam, the hard copy publication dates covered on the exam range from Jan. 1, 2009-Dec. 31, 2015.

"Note: Beginning with journal publication dates of January 1, 2010 and later, no questions on the Written examination will be derived from case reports that involve single animals. Review of images in these case reports is recommended for Image Recognition exam preparation.

"(Note: Articles from these veterinary journals should be reviewed for any situation or disease that involves ocular, periocular or neuro-ophthalmic structures or systemic conditions relevant to ophthalmic disease.)"

Other Veterinary and Human Journals

""Note: Questions derived from pertinent articles from these journals may occur infrequently on the Written examination."

"Note: Review of basic science and human clinical journals should be limited to those articles dealing with situations or diseases directly applicable to veterinary ophthalmology (i.e. where a common domestic animal is used as an animal model). Review of human clinical conditions or basic science articles unrelated to veterinary ophthalmology is not necessary for exam preparation." "For the 2016 ACVO Exam, the hard copy publication dates covered on the exam range from Jan. 1, 2009-Dec. 31, 2015."

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

"The following articles are considered recommended reading for veterinary ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents. However, specific exam questions will not originate from these articles. Most are still available in many veterinary school libraries."

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