American Board of Veterinary Practitioners: Canine & Feline Practice Study & Reading Guide

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[All wording from ABVP website]: Candidates for ABVP examination usually find recent review articles in journals to be helpful. One of the best sources for current, in-depth review articles is the Compendium on Continuing Education for the Practicing Veterinarian published by Veterinary Learning Systems. The multiple-choice questions after each article help reinforce the material and have a similar format to the ABVP exam, so test-taking skills can be practiced. Another useful periodical is The Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal Practice.

Research-oriented journals that include topic reviews such as the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association are helpful. Specific research studies are not included in the exam. Candidates should be aware that due to the length of time between formulation of an exam item, validation, and organization into the databank the examination will not reflect very recent research studies. Information from journals in the previous 2-10 year time period is more likely to be covered on the exam.

The Veterinary Information Network has many helpful features for candidates preparing for examination. Continuing education courses, rounds sessions, message boards, abstracts from literature, proceedings, and search capabilities are all available. The ABVP’s message board is listed under Associations and Foundations. The International Veterinary Information Service maintains a library of books, proceedings, and articles. The American Veterinary Medical Association has information on its website and in its members-only section.

The following is a list of topics typically covered on the examination along with suggested textbooks. The newest editions of these texts are recommended, and other recently published books may also be helpful. Candidates are not expected to purchase or read all of these texts; emphasis should be on the areas of medicine and surgery where candidates feel deficient.





General Medicine

General Medicine and Surgery






Internal Medicine










Special Senses

Surgical (general)





PubMed search link to all ABVP Canine and Feline Practice journals
(Use PubMed's Publication dates: "Custom Range..." option on the left to enter the years you need to review for your exam.)

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Search the catalog for additional canine and feline resources available at NCSU Libraries.

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

Contact the ABVP for the current Practice Study & Reading Guide.

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Updated 4/6/2015.