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American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) 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 Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) (under the umbrella of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists) 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:  Suggested Resource Material for ABVO Examination

This resource updated: 04/16/2020 

Source reading list reviewed: 08/15/2019

Source reading list updated by specialty board: 2019

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."

Non-Required Reading

"The following texts are considered essential reading for veterinary ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents. However, specific exam questions will not originate from these books, most of which are out of print, but still available in many veterinary school libraries."

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

Required Journals

"Publications considered as target material for the examination will include those published in the seven years prior to the year during which exam is given.  For the 2020 exam, therefore, manuscripts published in the years 2013-2019 constitute the target material."

"Publication date is defined as the date at which a publication is assigned to an issue.  For journals which provid both electronic and printed versions of the publication, publications will have two dates, the first when it comes out as "ePub ahead of print" and the second when it is assigned to a specific issue of the journal and then printed.  For exam purposes, the publication date that will be used to define the sever-year window will be the date when a publication is assigned to an issue.  This is different that the DOI date, which is assigned when a publication is released as "ePub ahead of print"."

"No questions on the Written examination will be derived from case reports that involove single animals, however, images in these case reports may appear in the Image Recognition examination."

A.  Essential:

"The large majority of question for the Written examination will be derived from these journals.  Articles from these veterinary journals should be reviewed for any situation or disease that involves ocular, peri-ocular, or neuro-ophthalmic structures or systemic conditions relevant to ophthalmic disease."

B.  Supplemental:

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

Supplemental ("classic") Journal Articles

"The following articles are considered recommended reading for veterinary ophthalmologists and ophthalmology residents. However, specific exam questions will not originate from these articles. "

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