ACVIM Journals

Candidates are advised to prepare for the examination by a systematic review of recent textbooks and periodicals. Your mentors can help you select appropriate study material. WE CANNOT DEFINE CONCLUSIVELY THE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO PASS THIS EXAMINATION – the following list is ONLY A GUIDELINE. Please note that although the emphasis of the examination is on recently published literature, there are not set years that absolutely define which references are used for question preparation:

Journals for all Candidates

Journals (articles relevant to small animal internal medicine)

  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, online 2000-
  • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, online 1997-
  • Compendium of Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian,* online at VetLearn.com, Vet Journal Stacks, 1979-2009 (print only)
  • Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, online 1998-
  • Journal of Small Animal Practice, online 1997-
  • Veterinary Clinics of North America (Small Animal) (internal medicine-related volumes), online 2002-
  • New England Journal of Medicine, online 1990-
  • American Journal of Veterinary Research, online 2000-
  • Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, online 1997-
  • Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, online 1999-
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathology, online 1997-

Questions covering material published in human literature have been used on this exam. The committee suggests, however, that you limit your review of the human literature to two areas: 1) general concepts in physiology/pathophysiology, and 2) major review articles found in the New England Journal of Medicine. Material unique to human medicine will not be used.

Journals (large animal internal medicine, last 5 years up to September 2013)

  • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, online 1997-
  • Equine Veterinary Journal, online 1996-
  • Equine Veterinary Education, online 1996-
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, online 2000-
  • American Journal of Veterinary Research, online 2000-
  • Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, online 1997-
  • Compendium of Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian, * online at VetLearn.com, Veterinary Library has 1979-2009 (print only)
  • Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice, online 2002-
  • Veterinary Clinics of North America: Food Animal Practice, online 2002-
  • ACVIM Consensus statements (ALL), available online

* Free VLS e-Journals for Residents
Residents can receive a complimentary digital subscription to VetLearn.com. The subscription provides access to the online monthly digital publication Compendium: Continuing Education for Veterinarians® and Compendium Equine® the recurring series within Compendium. Additionally, this subscription provides access to archived articles from past and current issues. Visit www.vetlearn.com and click on “Register” in the upper right corner to access the registration form.

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