ACVIM: Cardiology

This reading list is provided to aid candidates in preparation for the Cardiology Specialty Examination. It is NOT a complete listing of all texts/journals from which questions may be drawn but represents a body of knowledge that a qualified candidate should know.

Listed books represent current resources that may cover similar content and thus may be redundant to each other. The candidate should be familiar with the relevant concepts covered in these books. Not all books in each subject area are necessary to adequately cover all concepts as outlined in the document formally known as the GIG (GIG replacement-Certification Manual for Residents Mentors and Training Programs-CMRMT). In addition this list is not meant to exclude other resources that adequately address concepts as outlined in the GIG.

  • A Practical Guide to Cardiac Pacing, 6th ed., by HW Moses and JC Mullin. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2007 — not available at Tufts
  • Manual of veterinary echocardiography, 2nd ed., by JA Boon. Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 2011 — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 811 B654m 2011
  • Heart disease – a textbook of cardiovascular medicine, 9th ed., edited by E Braunwald. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, 2012 — not available at Tufts; 11th ed. (2019) available online
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside, 6th ed., edited by DP Zipes. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2013 — not available at Tufts; 7th ed. (2018) available online
  • Cardiology of the Horse, 2nd ed., by CM Marr and M Bowen. Saunders Ltd., 2011 — Vet Book Stacks SF 959 C376 C37 2010
  • Drugs for the Heart, 8th ed., by LH Opie and J Bernard. Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, 2013, available online
  • Clinical Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology; a companion to Braunwald’s heart disease, 2nd ed., by ZF Issa, JM Miller, DP Zipes. Elsevier and Saunders, Philadelphia, 2012, available online
  • Equine Internal Medicine, 3rd ed., edited by SM Reed, WM Bayly, DC Sellon, Chapter 10: Cardiovascular Diseases. Saunders, St. Louis, 2010 — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 951 E638 2010; 4th ed. (2018) – Chapter 10: Disorders of the Cardiovascular System by CC Schwarzwald, available online
  • Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography, 7th ed., Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2009 — not available at Tufts
  • Feline Cardiology, 1st ed., by E. Côté. Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, 2011, available online
  • Grossman and Baim’s Cardiac Catheterization, Angiography, and Intervention, 8th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2013 — not available at Tufts
  • Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog, 4th ed. Elsevier and Saunders, St. Louis, 2012 — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 767 D6 M649A 2013
  • Physiology of the Heart, 5th ed, by AM Katz AM. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2010 — not available at Tufts
  • Hurst’s The Heart, 13th ed, edited by V Fuster et al. McGraw-Hill, New York, 2010, available online
  • Jubb, Kennedy and Palmers Pathology of Domestic Animals, 6th ed. Elsevier and Saunders, St. Louis, 2015. available online: volume 1, volume 2, volume 3
  • Marriott’s Practical Electrocardiography, 12th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2013, available online [NOTE: 1 user license. Please close title when finished so others may access it.]
  • Moss and Adams’ Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents including the fetus and young adult, 8th ed. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2012 — not available at Tufts
  • Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine, 2nd ed. Mosby, St. Louis, 2005, VIN online; 1st edition is also on VIN; Vet Reserve Stacks SF 992 C37 K62s 1998
  • Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography, 5th ed, by CM Otto. Elsevier and Saunders, St. Louis Philadelphia, 2013 — not available at Tufts; 6th ed. (2018) available online
  • Textbook of veterinary diagnostic radiology, 6th ed., by DE Thrall. Elsevier and Saunders, St. Louis, 2013 — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 757.8 T355 2013; 7th ed. (2018) available online
  • Textbook of veterinary internal medicine – diseases of the dog and cat, 7th ed., edited by SJ Ettinger and EC Feldman. Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2010. available online, password kept in TUSK
  • The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook, 6th ed., edited by MJ Kern and P Sorajja. Elsevier and Saunders, 2015, available online
  • The Echo Manual, 3rd ed., by JK Oh. Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 2006 — not available at Tufts
  • The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography, 4th ed., by CM Otto. Elsevier and Saunders, St. Louis, 2012 — not available at Tufts; 5th ed. (2017) available online
  • Veterinary Image–guided interventions, 1st ed., edited by C. Weisse and A Berent. Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 — Vet Book Stacks SF 757.8 V485 2015
  • Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 9th ed., Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, 2009 — Vet Reserve Stacks SF915 V587 2009; 10th ed. (2018) Vet Reserve Stacks SF915 V587 2018

Journals and Serial Textbooks

Veterinary cardiac literature from the last 5 years should receive the most attention (inclusive of dates up to Sept 1st of the year before the exam). In addition some relevant veterinary studies published in the human literature may be cited. Veterinary cardiac literature older than 5 years may also be referenced if more current publications have not addressed the topic.

Serial Textbooks

  • Current Veterinary Therapy — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 607 CU823
  • Veterinary Clinics of North America:
    Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice, online 1979-
    Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice,online 1996-
    Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice, online 1998-
    Veterinary Clinics of North America. Food Animal Practice, online 2002-
  • Proceedings of the Heartworm Symposium, American Heartworm Society: last 3 issues — not available at Tufts

Veterinary medical journals include:

Human medical journals that may be cited include:

 This list is based on the 2018 reading list. This page was last updated November 2018.