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Veterinary Specialty Boards Reading Lists

American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) Reading List

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

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

Source:  ACVS Certification Examination Reading List

This resource updated: Updated 03/18/2021

Source reading list reviewed: October 2020

Source reading list updated by specialty board: October 2020

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.

 

"The following reference and books are suggested reading in preparation for the 2021 Phase I examination.  Other textbooks and current references may be pertinent. Page numbers refer to print textbooks.  Digital versions may have different page numbers."

Selected References for Large Animal Surgery

Selected References for Small Animal Surgery

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.

 

"The following reference and books are suggested reading in preparation for the 2021 Phase I examination.  Other textbooks and current references may be pertinent. Page numbers refer to print textbooks.  Digital versions may have different page numbers."

Selected References for Large Animal Surgery

Journals for Large Animal Surgery

The majority of questions come from literature published in the last five years.  For example, if you are taking the 2021 examination, questions will primarily come from literature published in the range of June 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020.  Questions may also come from older articles considered significant and essential to the knowledge of the veterinary surgeon.
Many journals contain articles pertaining to surgery (both humans and veterinary) and should be perused for current literature. A partial list of veterinary journals includes:

Selected References For Small Animal Surgery

Journals for Small Animal Surgery

The majority of questions come from literature published in the last five years.  For example, if you are taking the 2021 examination, questions will primarily come from literature published in the range of June 1, 2015 - June 30, 2020.  Questions may also come from older articles considered significant and essential to the knowledge of the veterinary surgeon.
Many journals contain articles pertaining to surgery (both humans and veterinary) and should be perused for current literature. A partial list of veterinary journals includes: