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Veterinary Specialty Boards Reading Lists, Washington State University

Compiled reading lists designed to assist veterinary residents with preparation for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Recognized Specialty Veterinary Organizations (RSVOs) examinations.

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This is only a convenience copy of the ABVP reading list to help find copies of reading materials in local libraries.  It does not replace the official ABVP reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest ABVP reading list.

This guide contains the list of books and journals recommended as study materials for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) examination.

Residents are responsible for ensuring they are using the correct edition of a book for their exam.

Please ask your librarian, mentor, or specialty board examination committee if questions arise.

"To prepare for the examination, set aside 30-60 minutes a day to study. Textbooks, journals, and other forms of continuing education may be used.Study guides are available in the ‘Forms and Documents’ area once you log in to your account with ABVP...

"General Study Recommendations for all RVS’:

"There is no universal study system by which you can achieve certification with ABVP. There are, however, some common factors found among those who pass the examinations. The most important factor is a systematic, organized study pattern. Self-directed study, whether individually or in groups, is best directed at areas in which one is least knowledgeable. Successful candidates found frequent short study periods of 30-60 minutes to be more useful than marathon study sessions or cramming right before the exam.

"As most candidates are at least six (6) years away from school, the need to concentrate your study on reacquisition of knowledge pertaining to...

"Preparation for the practical examination may vary slightly as this examination uses visual aids for the majority of questions. Pay particular attention to those disciplines where visual recognition of lesions or processes is important. Among the areas that fall into this category are ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, and clinical/gross pathology."

Source: ABVP Applicant Handbook


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This resource updated: 05/26/2020

Source reading list reviewed: Spring 2020


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