Candidates are advised to prepare for the examination by a systematic review of recent textbooks and periodicals. WE CANNOT DEFINE CONCLUSIVELY THE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO PASS THIS EXAMINATION. The following list is ONLY A GUIDELINE. Other selected chapters in different textbooks or articles in journals may be used by the candidates.

The examination questions and referenced answers are based on the list of textbooks below. The emphasis of the examination is on these recently published textbooks and research papers, however earlier principles reflected in key papers and references essential for the current practice of anesthesia and analgesia may be used.

Veterinary Anesthesia/Analgesia

  • Lumb and Jones’ Veterinary Anesthesia (Tranquilli, Thurmon, & Grimm) — 4th ed. (20007), Vet Reserve Stacks SF 914 L82 2007
  • BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia (Seymour, Duke-Novakovski) — 2nd ed. (2007) Vet Reserve Stacks SF 914 B916 2007
  • Equine Anesthesia: Monitoring and Emergency Therapy (Muir & Hubbell) — 2nd ed. (2009), Vet Book Stacks SF 914 E64 2009
  • Anesthesia and Analgesia in Laboratory Animals (Fish, Danneman, Brown & Karas) — Vet Book Stacks QY 50 A54 2008
  • Zoo Animal and Wildlife Immobilization and Anesthesia (West, Heard & Caulkett) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 914 Z87 2007

Human Anesthesia

  • Miller’s Anesthesia (Miller, Eriksson, Fleisher, Wiener-Kronish & Young) — 7th ed. (2010), not available at Tufts
  • Understanding Anesthetia Equipment (Dorsch & Dorsch) (note: older versions contain some relevant chapters not contained in the newest version – read chapters relevant to veterinary anesthesia in both books) — 5th ed. (2008), available online


  • Wall and Melzack’s Textbook of Pain (McMahon & Koltzenburg) (Chapters 1-12, 24-33, 40-43, 48-52, 58-70, 72) — 6th ed. (2013), available online
  • Chronic pain in small animal medicine (Fox) — Vet Book Stacks SF 910 P34 F69 2010
  • Handbook of veterinary pain management (Gaynor & Muir) — 2nd ed. (2009),  Vet Reserve Stacks  SF 910 P34 G287h 2009


  • Basic Physics and Measurements in Anesthesia (Davis & Kenny) — 2003, not available at Tufts


  • Textbook of Veterinary Physiology (Cunningham & Klein) — 5th ed. (2013), Vet Reserve Stacks SF 768 T355 2013
  • Nunn’s Applied Respiratory Physiology (Lumb), 7th ed. (2010), available online


  • Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (Riviere & Papich) — 9th ed. (2009), not available at Tufts


  • Textbook of Veterinary Anatomy (Dyce & Sack) – Select chapters relevant to veterinary anesthesia and analgesia (e.g., CNS and PNS anatomy, respiratory and cardiovascular anatomy, etc.). — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 761 D994t 2010 (4th ed.)

General Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

  • Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice (DiBartola), 4th ed. (2012), available online
  • Large Animal Medicine (Bradford P. Smith) – Select chapters relevant to veterinary anesthesia and analgesia (e.g., Critical Care and Fluid Therapy for the Horse). — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 745 L322 2009 (4th ed.); Vet Reserve Stacks SF 745 L322 2015 (5th ed.)
  • Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Ettinger) (e.g., chapters pertaining to pathophysiology of disease and common procedures performed under anesthesia). 7th ed. (2010), available online, password kept in TUSK

This list is based on the 2012 reading list. This page was last updated June 2014.