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.

ACVIM 2017 General Candidate Preparation

Sources for all candidates

  • Textbook of Medical Physiology: Guyton and Hall, 13th edition (2016), available online
  • Textbook of Veterinary Immunology: Tizard, 9th edition (2013) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 757.2 T625i 2013
  • Veterinary Drug Handbook: Plumb, 8th edition (2015) — Vet Reference Stacks SF 917 P734v 2015
  • Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials: West, 10th edition (2015) — Veterinary Library has 7th ed. (2005) Vet Reserve Stacks WF 102 W518r 2005
  • 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 and ACVIM Consensus statements ONLY: 2011-2016, online 1997-

Sources for Small Animal Internal Medicine Candidates

  • Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine: Ettinger and Feldman, 7th edition (2010) — available online, password kept in TUSK
  • 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 and eighteen through thirty-three ONLY — Vet Reserve Stacks  SF 910 T8 S634 2013

Sources for Large Animal Internal Medicine Candidates

  • 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 [note: 11th edition – 2017 is available online]
  • Large Animal Internal Medicine: Smith, 5th edition (2015) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 745 L322 2015
  • Equine Internal Medicine: Reed, Bayly and Sellon, 3rd edition (2010) [note: 4th edition – 2018 is available online]

 This list is based on the 2017 reading list. This page was last updated January 2017.