ACVB Advanced Reading List

SUGGESTED READING LIST FOR ACVB CANDIDATES

The ACVB has developed the suggested reading list for individuals applying for membership, from the more general recommended reading list. Suggested readings are indicated by an asterisk (*). The intent of the more specific list is to help guide the candidate towards the more pertinent books that will assist them in preparing for the examination. The recommended list is not intended to suggest that the candidate should read every book on ethology or every book on learning theory, but rather is presented so as to demonstrate the breadth and scope of veterinary behavior. Neither list should be construed as a commitment regarding specific examination material. For the purposes of studying for the ACVB examination, it is suggested that an applicant review texts pertaining to general principles of behavior as well as species specific material, then use other books to fill in clinical information. Current texts in the fields of internal medicine, neurology (Lorenz or Chrisman et al), and neuroscience (Bear et al or Kandel et al) should also be reviewed, with emphasis on veterinary behavior. More timely material should be consulted as well. Refer to the general reading list for additional references.

Learning Theory, Cognition

  • Hauser M. Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think (2000) — not available at the Veterinary Library
  • Reisberg D. Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind, 5th ed. (2012) — not available at Tufts
  • Schwartz B, Robbins SJ. Psychology of Learning and Behavior, 5th ed. (2001) — not available at Tufts
  • Reznikova Z. Animal Intelligence: from individual to social cognition (2007) — not available at the Veterinary Library
  • Mazur J. Learning and Behavior, 7th ed. (2012) * — not available at Tufts
  • Wasserman EA, Zentall TR (eds). Comparative Cognition: Experimental Explorations of Animal Intelligence (2009) — not available at Tufts

Neurology/Neuroscience/ Physiology/Endocrinology

  • Bear MF, Connors B, Paradiso M, et al. Neuroscience: Exploring the Brain, 3rd ed. (2006) * – not available at the Veterinary Library
  • Carlson NR. Physiology of Behavior, 11th ed. (2012) * — not available at Tufts
  • Kandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessell TM. Principles of Neural Science, 5th ed. (2012) — not available at Tufts
  • Lorenz MD, Kornegay JN. Handbook of Veterinary Neurology, 5th ed. (2010) — available online
  • Chrisman CL, Mariani C, Platt S. Neurology for the Small Animal Practitioner (2002) — Vet Book Stacks SF 895 N4946 2003
  • Nelson RJ. An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology, 4th ed. (2012) * — not available at Tufts
  • Nelson RJ. Biology of Aggression (2005) — not available at Tufts

Pharmacology

  • Crowell-Davis SL, Murray T. Veterinary Psychopharmacology (2005) * — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 756.84 C953v 2006
  • Sadock, Kaplan HI, Sadock BJ. Pocket Handbook of Psychiatric Drug Treatment, 4th ed. (2005) — not available at Tufts
  • Schatzberg AF, Nemeroff CB. The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, 4th ed. (2009) — available online
  • Schwartz S. Psychoactive Herbs in Veterinary Behavior Medicine (2005) — Vet Book Stacks SF 756.85 S399p 2005
  • Stahl SM. Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications, 3rd ed. (2009); 4th ed. pending (2013) * — not available at Tufts
  • Stahl SM. The Prescriber’s Guide, 4th ed. (2011) – not available at Tufts

Clinical Texts

  • Beaver BV. Canine Behavior: a guide for veterinarians (1999) — Vet Book Stacks SF 433 B386c 1999
  • Beaver BV. Feline Behavior: a guide for veterinarians, 2nd ed. (2003) — Vet Book Stacks SF 446.5 B571F 2003
  • Hart BL, Hart LA, Bain MJ. Canine and Feline Behavioral Therapy, 2nd ed. (2006) — not available at Tufts; Veterinary Library has the 1st ed.
  • Horwitz D, Mills D, Heath S. BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Behavioural Medicine, 2nd ed. (2009) — Vet Book Stacks SF 433 B73 2009
  • Horwitz D, Neilson J. Blackwell’s Five Minute Behavior Consult: Canine and Feline Behavior (2007) — not available at Tufts
  • Landsberg GM, Hunthausen WL, Ackerman L. Handbook of Behavioural Problems of the Dog and Cat, 3rd ed. (2012) — not available at Tufts; Veterinary Library has the 1st ed.
  • Overall KL. Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals (1997) — Vet Book Stacks SF 433 O96c 1997

Domestic Species Specific Behavior

  • Appleby M, Mench J, Hughes B. Poultry Behaviour and Welfare (2004) — not available at Tufts
  • Albright JL, Arave CW. The Behaviour of Cattle (1997) — Vet Book Stacks SF 202.5 A342b 1997
  • Bradshaw JW. The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat, 2nd ed. (2013) — Vet Book Stacks SF 446.5 B73 2013
  • Coppinger R, Coppinger L. Dogs: a Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution (2001) — Vet Book Stacks SF 433 C785d 2001
  • Broom DM, Fraser AF. Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 4th ed. (2007) * — Vet Book Stacks SF 756.7 B76 2007
  • Houpt KA. Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians and Animal Scientists, 5th ed. (2010) * — Vet Book Stacks SF 756.7 H839d 2011
  • Keeling L, Gonyou H. Social Behaviour in Farm Animals (2001) — Vet Book Stacks SF 756.7 S678 2001
  • Lindsay SR. Applied Dog Behavior and Training, volumes 1-3  (2000-2005) — not available at Tufts
  • McDonnell S. The Equid Ethogram, a Practical Field Guide to Horse Behavior (2003) * — not available at Tufts
  • McGreevy P. Equine Behavior: A Guide for Veterinarians and Equine Scientists (2004) * — Vet Book Stacks SF 281 M478e 2004 and SF 281 M478e 2012 (2nd ed.)
  • Miklosi A. Dog Behavior, Evolution, and Cognition (2009) * — not available at Tufts
  • Phillips C. Cattle Behaviour & Welfare, 2nd ed. (2002) — not available at Tufts
  • Price EO. Principles and Applications of Domestic Animal Behavior (2008) * — Vet Book Stacks SF 756.7 P75 2008
  • Price EO. Animal Domestication and Behavior (2002) — Vet Book Stacks SF 41 P75 2002
  • Scott FP, Fuller JL. Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog (1998; reprint of 1965) — Vet Book Stacks QL 785 S427 G 1965
  • Serpell J. The Domestic Dog: its Evolution, Behaviour, and Interactions with People (1996) * — Vet Book Stacks SF 433 D66 1995
  • Turner DC, Bateson P (eds). The Domestic Cat: the Biology of Its Behaviour, 2nd ed. (2000) * — not available at Tufts
  • Waring, G. Horse Behavior, 2nd ed. (2007) — not available at Tufts

Lab/Zoo Animals/Exotic/Wild Animals

  • Estes RD. The Behavior Guide to African Mammals, Including Hoofed Mammals, Carnivores, Primates (2012) * — not available at Tufts
  • Hosey G, Melfi V, and Pankhurst S. Zoo Animals: behaviour, management, and welfare (2009) — not available at Tufts
  • Kleiman DG, Allen ME Thompson KV, et al (eds). Wild Mammals in Captivity: Principles and Techniques, 2nd ed. (2012) — not available at Tufts; Veterinary Library has the 1st ed.
  • Luescher AU (ed). Manual of Parrot Behavior (2006) * — not available at Tufts
  • Quesenberry K, Carpenter JW. Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents: Clinical Medicine and Surgery, 3rd ed. (2003) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 997.5 F47 F387 2004 (2nd ed.); 3rd ed. (2012) available online
  • Sheldon JW. Wild Dogs: The Natural History of the Nondomestic Canidae (2004; reprint of 1992) — not available at Tufts
  • Tynes V (ed). Behavior of Exotic Pets (2010) * — Vet Book Stacks SF 997.5 E95 B44 2010
  • Wolfensohn S, Honess P. Handbook of Primate Husbandry and Welfare (2005) — not available at Tufts

Ethology/Genetics

  • Alcock J. Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, 9th ed. (2009) * — not available at the Veterinary Library
  • Grandin T. Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals (1998; 2nd ed. pending 2013) — Vet Book Stacks SF 756.7 G328 1998; Vet Book Stacks SF 756.7 G328 2014 (2nd ed.)
  • Wilson EO. Sociobiology: The New Synthesis (2000; 1975 reprint) * — not available at the Veterinary Library

Quantification of Behavior

  • Lehner PN. The Handbook of Ethological Methods, 2nd ed (1998) — not available at the Veterinary Library
  • Martin P, Bateson P. Measuring Behaviour: An Introductory Guide, 3rd ed. (2007) * — not available at the Veterinary Library
  • Dawkins MS. Observing Animal Behaviour: Design and Analysis of Quantitative Data (2007) * — not available at the Veterinary Library

Animal Welfare

  • Appleby MC, et al. Animal Welfare, 2nd ed. (2011) — Vet Book Stacks HV 4711 A598v 2011
  • Broom DM, Fraser AF. Domestic Animal Behaviour and Welfare, 4th ed. (2007) * — Vet Book Stacks SF 756.7 B76 2007
  • Fraser D. Understanding Animal Welfare: The Science in its Cultural Context Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) Publication (2008) — not available at the Veterinary Library
  • Grandin T. Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach (2009) — not available at Tufts
  • Kaliste E. The Welfare of Laboratory Animals (2004) — available online
  • Mason G, Rushen J (eds). Stereotypic Animal Behaviour: Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare, 2nd ed. (2008) * — Vet Book Stacks QL 751 S68 2006
  • Mellor D, Patterson-Kane E, Stafford KJ. The Sciences of Animal Welfare (2009) — not available at Tufts
  • Moberg G, Mench JA. The Biology of Animal Stress: Basic Principles and Implications for Animal Welfare (2000) * — Vet Book Stacks QP 82.2 S8 B615 2000
  • Reinhardt V. Comfortable Quarters for Laboratory Animals, 8th ed. (2002) * — Vet Book Stacks QY 56 C732 2002
  • Reinhardt V. Taking Better Care of Monkeys and Apes (2008) * — not available at Tufts
  • Rochlitz I. The Welfare of Cats (2007) — available online
  • Rushen J, de Passille AM, von Keyserlingk AG, Weary DM. The Welfare of Cattle, (2007) — available online
  • Young RJ Environmental enrichment for captive animals (2003) — Vet Book Stacks HV 4737 Y68 2003
  • Miller L, Zawistowski S. Shelter Medicine for veterinarians and staff, 2nd ed. (2013) — Vet Reserve Stacks  SF 745 S545 2013

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