ACVP: Anatomic Pathology

The following textbooks and journals provided references for approximately 80% of the questions of the indicated sections of the Certifying examinations over the past several years. Particularly with the textbooks, it is important to recognize that one of several texts on a given subject may suffice; it is not necessarily advisable to read multiple textbooks on the same subject.  For each book cited, the most recent edition as of January 1st of the year of the examination will be the reference of choice.  For journal articles, most were published within the last 5 years. These lists are not all-inclusive lists, and the exam will not necessarily be limited to these references. Journal articles in print or electronically released before 1 March 2013 are considered in preparation of the exam.

General Pathology
Clinical Pathology
Dog and Cat
Laboratory Animal
Large Animal
NEWZ

GENERAL PATHOLOGY
The general pathology section tests knowledge of the underlying mechanisms fundamental to development of lesions, from gross to molecular.  The mechanisms tested in this section are “general” in that they relate to most of our animal species. Questions specific to an entity in a single species are covered in the species modules of the Veterinary Pathology examination.  For journal articles, most questions come from reviews.

Journals

Books

  • Cheville, N.F. Ultrastructural Pathology: The Comparative Cellular Basis of Disease, 2nd ed., Wiley (2009) — not available at Tufts
  • Haschek, Wallig, Rousseaux. Fundamentals of Toxicologic Pathology, 2nd ed. Elsevier (2009), available online
  • Kumar, Abbas, Fausto-Robbins,Cotran. Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th ed., Elsevier (2010), available online
  • Zachary, McGavin. Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 5th ed., Elsevier (2012) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 769 P343 2012

LARGE ANIMAL
The large animal module tests knowledge of the nature and pathogenesis of naturally-occurring diseases affecting major livestock and large domestic companion animals including equidae (horse, mule, burro) ox, pig, goat, and sheep.  Camelids (e.g. llama, camel, alpaca) are covered in the NEWZ section of the examination.

Journals

Books

  • Jubb, Kennedy, Palmer. Pathology of Domestic Animals, 5th ed. Elsevier (2007) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 769 J91p 2007
  • Zachary, McGavin. Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 5th ed., Elsevier (2012) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 769 P343 2012
  • Meuten. Tumors in Domestic Animals, 4th ed. Iowa State Univ Press (2002) – Vet Reserve Stacks SF 910.T8 T295 2002

NEWZ
The NEWZ module tests knowledge of the nature and pathogenesis of naturally-occurring diseases affecting non-domestic species including birds (poultry, pet and wild bird species), amphibians, reptiles, fish, camelids, non-domesticated terrestrial and marine mammals (exotic pets, captive and free-ranging wild mammals) and non-human primates in their natural habitat or within zoological collections (i.e., not laboratory setting).

Journals

Books

  • Saif. Diseases of Poultry, 11th ed., Blackwell (2003) — Vet Library has 12th (2008) and 10th (1997) editions, Vet Book Stacks SF 995 D6116 2008
  • Avian Histopathology 3rd ed., American Association of Avian Pathologists (2008) — Vet Wildlife Clinic has 1st and 2nd editions
  • Fowler, Miller. Fowler’s zoo and wild animal medicine: current therapy, volumes 5 (2003), 6 (2008) & 7 (2012), Elsevier. — Vet Book Stacks SF 996 Z85 2003, Vet Reserve Stacks SF 996 Z85 2008, v.7 (2012) online
  • Williams, Barker. Infectious Diseases of Wild Mammals, Iowa State University Press (2001) – Vet Book Stacks SF 997 I43 2001
  • Noga. Fish Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell (2010) — Vet Reserve Stacks SH 171 N774f 2010
  • Schmidt, Reavill, Phalen. Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds, Iowa State Press, (2003) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 994 S353p 2003
  • Mader. Reptile Medicine and Surgery, 2nd ed., Elsevier (2006), available online
  • Wright, Whitaker. Amphibian Medicine and Captive Husbandry, Krieger Pub. Co (2001) — Vet Wildlife Clinic

LABORATORY ANIMAL
The laboratory animal module reflects the current field of laboratory animal pathology including but not limited to: animal models of diseases that affect animals; lesions of mutants and strains commonly used in biomedical research; spontaneous diseases; and toxicologic pathology. Species covered are those commonly used in research settings including but not limited to: non-human primates, laboratory rodents, rabbits, ferrets, mini-pigs, zebra fish and Xenopus.

Journals

Books

  • Bennett, Abee. N0nhuman primates in biomedical research: diseases, 2nd ed., Elsevier (2012), available online
  • Fox. Biology and diseases of the ferret, 2nd ed., Williams & Wilkins (1998) — Vet Book Stacks SF 997.5 F47 B615 1998
  • Percy, Barthold. Pathology of laboratory rodents and rabbits, 3rd ed., Blackwell Pub (2007) — Vet Book Stacks SF 996.5 P431p 2007
  • Fox, Anderson, Loew, Quimby. Laboratory animal medicine, 2nd ed., Academic Press (2002) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 996.5 L33 2002
  • McInnes. Background lesions in laboratory animals, Elsevier (2012) — not available at Tufts

SMALL ANIMAL
The small animal module tests knowledge of the nature and pathogenesis of naturally-occurring diseases affecting domestic dogs and cats.

Journals

Books

  • Greene. Infectious diseases of the dog and cat, 4th ed., Elsevier (2012) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 991 G743i 2012
  • Gross. Skin diseases of the dog and cat, 2nd ed., Blackwell Science (2005) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 992 S55 S6284 2005
  • Jubb, Kennedy, Palmer. Pathology of Domestic Animals, 5th ed. Elsevier (2007) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 769 J91p 2007
  • Meuten. Tumors in Domestic Animals, 4th ed. Iowa State Univ Press (2002) – Vet Reserve Stacks SF 910.T8 T295 2002
  • Summers. Veterinary neuropathology, Mosby (1995) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 895 S955v 1995
  • Zachary, McGavin. Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 5th ed., Elsevier (2012) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 769 P343 2012

CLINICAL PATHOLOGY
The clinical pathology module tests knowledge of the hematologic, serum biochemical and cytologic manifestations of naturally-occurring disease.  An emphasis is placed on those concepts important to clincopathologic correlations. All species (domestic, non-domestic and laboratory) are covered in this module.

Journals

Books

  • Cowell, Tyler, Meinkoth, DeNicola. Diagnostic cytology and hematology of the dog and cat, 3rd ed. Elsevier (2008) — Vet Library has 3rd and 4th editions, Vet Book Stacks SF 772.6 D536 2008 and Vet Reserve Stacks SF 772.6 D536 2014
  • Duncan, Prasse, Mahaffey. Veterinary laboratory medicine: clinical pathology, 5th ed., Wiley-Blackwell (2011) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 769 D911v 2011
  • Harvey. Veterinary hematology: a diagnostic guide and color atlas, Elsevier (2012) — Vet Book Stacks SF 769.5 H37 2012
  • Raskin, Meyer. Atlas of canine and feline cytology, 2nd ed., Elsevier (2010) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 991 A881 2010
  • Stockham, Scott. Fundamentals of veterinary clinical pathology, 2nd ed., Blackwell Pub (2008) — Vet Reserve Stacks SF 772.6 S864f 2008
  • Thrall. Veterinary hematology and clinical chemistry, 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell (2012), available online

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