The examination is based upon information taken from medical/veterinary physiology texts and current veterinary literature. Candidates are advised to prepare by a systematic review of recent textbooks and selected journals (please note the attached reference list). We cannot define conclusively the body of knowledge necessary to pass this examination. The following list is only a guideline of sources we believe will be most beneficial. Examination questions are referenced from this list. Please also note that the information in these sources may overlap.

Suggested Reference List for the 2014 ACVIM General Examination

Sources for all candidates

  • Textbook of Medical Physiology: Guyton and Hall, 12th edition (2011), available online
  • Textbook of Veterinary Immunology: Tizard, 9th edition (2013) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 757.2 T625i 2013
  • Veterinary Drug Handbook: Plumb, 7th edition (2011) — Vet Reference Stacks SF 917 P734v 2011
  • Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials: West, 9th edition (2012) — Veterinary Library has 7th ed. (2005) Vet Reserve Stacks WF 102 W518r 2005; current ed. is 9th (2012)
  • Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology: Smith, 3rd edition (2005) — Vet Book Stacks SF 780.9 S657v 2006
  • Duncan and Prasse’s Veterinary Laboratory Medicine: Clinical Pathology: Latimer, 5th edition (2011) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 769 D911v 2011
  • Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics: Boothe, 2nd edition (2012) Chapter One ONLY: Principles of Drug Therapy (although this is a small animal text, chapter one covers basic pharmacological principals with which all candidates should be familiar) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 915 B725s 2012
  • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine Review Articles ONLY: 2008-2013, online 1997-
  • ACVIM Consensus statements, available online

Sources for Small Animal Internal Medicine Candidates

  • Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Ettinger and Feldman, 7th edition (2010) — available online, password kept in TUSK
  • Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy XIV: Bonagura and Twedt (2009) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 607 CU823; XV (2014) companion website available online, password kept in TUSK
  • Infectious Diseases
    • Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat: Greene, 4th edition (2012) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 991 G743i 2012
    • Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases: Sykes, 1st edition (2014) — Vet Book Stacks SF 991 S95 2014
  • Small Animal Clinical Oncology: Vail and Withrow, 5th edition (2013) Chapter Eleven ONLY: Chemotherapy chapter only — Vet Reserve Stacks  SF 910 T8 S634 2013

Sources for Large Animal Internal Medicine Candidates

  • Current Therapy in Equine Medicine VI: Robinson, Sprayberry (2009) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 951 C976
  • Veterinary Medicine: A textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats: Radostits, Gay, Hinchcliff, and Constable, 10th edition (2007) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 745 B655v 2007
  • Large Animal Internal Medicine: Smith, 4th edition (2009) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 745 L322 2009 and Vet Reserve Stacks SF 745 L322 2015 (5th ed.)
  • Equine Internal Medicine: Reed, Bayly and Sellon, 3rd edition (2010)
  • Current Veterinary Therapy V: Food Animal Practice: Anderson and Rings (2009) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 745 C9761 2009

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