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American College of Theriogenologists (ACT)

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



This guide contains the list of books and journals recommended as study materials for the American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) 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 is a suggested guide to be used as a skeleton on which to build each individual candidates study plan. Each candidate will have different backgrounds and strengths, so each training program should meet these varied requirements. As such, this template should be utilized by each candidate in whatever manner is most helpful for that candidate’s training, knowledge, skills and clinical abilities."

"A word of caution is provided to indicate that simply following this guide will not guarantee passage of the certifying exam, but rather its intent is to help direct new candidates to set up a logical plan of study to ensure all relevant areas of expected expertise have been included in their study plan. It also provides a list of textbooks and resources considered useful in this course of study."

"At the end of the study guide is a list of references. The references are grouped in tiers, and are listed in alphabetical order, not in order of importance or how they should be read. Those listed in tier 1 contain basic knowledge that all candidates MUST master. Mastering the information in books from tier 1 is a recommended starting point. This information should then be updated and complemented with the books and journals listed in tiers 2 and 3. Please, pay special attention to the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Theriogenology published in Clinical Theriogenology. The books and journals listed in tier 3 provide the most in-depth and detailed information and will help you gain greater depth of knowledge once you have mastered the basic information. Each candidate will need to choose which of the books, journals, websites and proceedings from Tier 3 are important for their training program. Finally, the list of additional reading can help candidates that need reinforcement in areas of weakness."

Source: ACT Study Guide, see pdf below.


Under Revision: 09/06/22

Tier 1

Updated 09/12/2022
Updated 09/12/2022

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