ACVIM: Cardiology

The examination is based upon information from medical and veterinary literature. Candidates are advised to prepare by a systematic review of recent textbooks and selected journals. 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.


  1. Bonagura JD (ed.) Kirk’s current veterinary therapy XIII – Small Animal Practice. WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 2000. — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 607 CU823
  2. Bonagura JD, Twedt DC (eds.) Kirk’s current veterinary therapy XIV – Small Animal Practice. Saunders Elsevier, St. Louis, 2009. — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 607 CU823
  3. Abbott, JA (ed.). Veterinary clinics of North America small animal practice. v.34: Current Issues in Cardiology. WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 2004. available online
  4. Abbott, JA (ed.). Veterinary clinics of North America small animal practice. v.40, Topics in Cardiology. Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, 2010. available online
  5. Fuster V et al (eds.) Hurst’s The Heart 13th ed. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2010. available online
  6. Baim DS (ed). Grossman’s cardiac catheterization, angiography, and intervention 7th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2005. — not available at Tufts
  7. Boon JA. Manual of veterinary echocardiography. 2nd ed., Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 2011. — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 811 B654m 2011
  8. Braunwald E. (ed.) Heart disease – a textbook of cardiovascular medicine, 9th ed., Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 2012. available online
  9. Armstrong WF, Ryan, T (eds.). Feigenbaum’s echocardiography. 7th ed., Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2009. — not available at Tufts
  10. Allen HD, Driscoll DJ, Shaddy RE, Feltes TF (eds.) Moss and Adams’ heart disease in infants, children, and adolescents including the fetus and young adult. 7th or 8th ed., Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2008, 2012. — not available at Tufts
  11. Ettinger SJ, Feldman EC (eds.). Textbook of veterinary internal medicine – diseases of the dog and cat. 7th ed., Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2010. available online, password kept in TUSK
  12. Fox PR, Sisson DD, Moise NS (eds.) Textbook of canine and feline cardiology. 2nd ed., WB Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 1999. — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 992 C37 T355 1999
  13. Katz AM. Physiology of the heart. 5th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2010. — not available at Tufts
  14. Kittleson MD, Kienle RD. Small animal cardiovascular medicine. Mosby Inc., St.Louis, 1998. — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 992 C37 K62s 1998
  15. Marr C, Bowen M (eds.), Cardiology of the horse 2nd ed., Saunders Ltd., 2011. — Vet Book Stacks SF 959 C376 C37 2010
  16. Bonagura JD, Reef VB, Schwarzwald CC. Cardiovascular diseases. In: Reed SM, Bayly WM, Sellon DC (eds.) Equine internal medicine, Saunders, St. Louis, 2010. — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 951 E638 2010
  17. Moses HW, Mullin JC (eds) A practical guide to cardiac pacing. 6th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2007. — not available at Tufts
  18. Opie LH. Heart physiology from cell to circulation. 4th ed., Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2004. — not available at Tufts
  19. Opie LH, Gersh BJ. Drugs for the heart. 7th ed., Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, 2008. available online
  20. Tilley LP. Essentials of canine and feline electrocardiography – interpretation and treatment. 3rd ed., Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, 1992. — Vet Reserve and Book Stacks SF 992 C37 T576 1992
  21. Zipes DP, Jalife J (eds). Cardiac electrophysiology: from cell to bedside. 5th ed., Saunders, Philadelphia, 2009. 5th ed. (2009) available online, 6th ed. (2014) available online


Scientific articles from the last 5 years should receive the most attention. However, older literature may also be referenced on the examination if future studies have not addressed the topic.

Veterinary medical journals considered pertinent include:

Human medical journals such as:

Proceedings of the Heartworm Symposium, American Heartworm Society: last 3 issues — not available at Tufts

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