American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
ACVPM STUDY REFERENCES
Revised: October 2010
The following list of study references is NOT a definitive, exhaustive list for preparing for the ACVPM examinations. A listed reference may be applicable to more than one category. Use this list as a guide, inasmuch as it represents a compromise between brevity and completeness. You are encouraged to read as much additional material as possible. Reading the current scientific and professional literature (e.g. JAVMA, MMWR, Lancet, NEJM, Science, Journal of Food Protection, etc.) are also necessary to properly prepare for the examinations.
References marked with a "P" are primary references. An "S" indicates supplementary titles provided for those who wish to do additional reading.
1a. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH Primary References
- Salvato, JA, Nemerow, N; Agardy FJ (ed): Environmental Engineering, 5th edition, 2003. Wiley Press, Hoboken, NJ (P)
- Koren, H; Bisesi, M: Handbook of Environmental Health (2 volumes), 4th edition, 2003 CRC Press/Lewis publishers, Boca Raton, FL (P)
- Landesman, Linda Young (ed): Public Health Management of Disasters, the Practice Guide, 2nd edition, March 2005 ISBN: 0875530451. American Public Health Association (P)
- Wisner, B and Adams, J (ed): Environmental Health in Emergencies and Disasters: A Practical Guide, WHO. 2003. (P)
- Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants, and Other Shared Health Risks. Peter Rabinowitz and Lisa Conti, editors, 2010, Saunders/Elsevier. [also available as online book] (There are several non-infectious disease chapters that are applicable.) (P)
- Aguirre, AA; Ostfeld, RS; Tabor, GM; House, C; Pearl MC: Conservation Medicine-Ecological Health in Practice,2002 Oxford University, New York (S)
- The Sphere project: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response - 2004 Edition”. http://www.sphereproject.org/ (S)
- US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov, especially nodes for National Center for Infectious Disease (NCID), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and Emergency preparedness and response http://www.bt.cdc.gov/ (S)
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/ (S)
- US EPA: http://www.epa.gov/ (inc “key topic” areas) (S)
- US Department of the Interior/ US Geological Survey- Biological Resources [Note: changed to Ecosystems in 2012] http://ecosystems.usgs.gov/ (S)
- US Dept of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov/ (S)
- US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (S)
- U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, Maryland http://www.usamriid.army.mil (S)
- US Department of Energy; Office of Environment,Safety, and Health information portal http://www.hss.doe.gov/ (S)
- Journal of Environmental Health: air quality, drinking water, food safety, occupational safety and health, vector control (S)
1b. TOXICOLOGY Primary references
- Klaassen, C.D., Amdur, M.O., and Doull J.: Casarett & Doull’s Toxicology – The Basic Science of Poisons, 7th edition, 2007, McGraw-Hill, New York, NY. [7th ed. also available as Online Book] [8th ed. 2013 also available] (P)
- Osweiler, G.D.: Toxicology, 1995, Williams and Wilkins, Media, PA. (P)
- Plumlee, Konnie (ed): Clinical Veterinary Toxicology, 1st ed., 2003, Mosby (P)
- Roder, Joseph D: The Practical Veterinarian: Veterinary Toxicology, 2001, Butterworth-Heinemann, Woburn, MA (P)
- Burrows, G.E., and Tyrl, R.J.: Toxic Plants of North America, 2001, Iowa State University Press, Ames, IA. (S)
- Ford, M., Delaney, K., Ling, L. and Erickson, T. (eds): Clinical Toxicology, 2001, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, PA.(S)
- Knight, A.P. and Walter, R.G.: A Guide to Plant Poisoning of Animals in North America, 2001, Teton New Media, Jackson, WY. (S)
- Peterson, M.E. and Talcott, P.A. (eds): Small Animal Toxicology, 2nd edition, 2001, W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, PA. (S)
- Web Resource: American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (S)
2. INFECTIOUS DISEASES
- Fenner's Veterinary Virology, 4th edition, N. James Maclachlan and Edward Dubovi editors. [also available as online book](P)
- Veterinary Parasitology Reference Manual – 5th Edition, William J. Foreyt 2001 (P)
- Equine Infectious Diseases, Debra Sellon and Maureen Long, 2007 (P) [also available as online book
- Foreign Animal Diseases – 7th Edition – United States Animal Health Association, 2008 (P)
- Merck Veterinary Manual – 8th Edition, Susan Aiello (editor) 2008 (P) NB: 9th edition online and 10th edition in print.
- Veterinary Immunology – 8th Edition, Ian Tizard, 2008 (P)
- Veterinary Medicine: A textbook of the disease of cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and horses , 10th Edition, Radostitis, Gay, Hinchcliff, Constable, 2007 (P)
- Control of Communicable Diseases Manual– 19th Edition, David Heymann (editor), 2008 (P)
- Handbook of Zoonoses : Identification and Prevention, Colville and Berryhill, 2007 (P)
- Brucellosis Eradication: Uniform Methods and Rules – USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services 2003 (P)
- Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication: Uniform Methods and Rules - USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services, 2005 (P)
- Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology – 6th Edition, Gordon Carter and Darla Wise, 2004 (P)
3. FOOD SAFETY
- Control of Communicable Diseases Manual– 19th Edition, David Heymann (editor), 2008 (P)
- Hubbert, W. T. et al. Food Safety and Quality Assurance: Foods of Animal Origin, 2nd Ed. Ames, IA: Iowa State University Press. 1996. (P)
- Review basics on foodborne outbreak investigations and calculations in an appropriate epidemiology textbook. No specific text required. For example: a few pages in Epidemiology by Leon Gordis (W. B. Saunders) or the booklet, Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness, (International Association for Food Protection, www.foodprotection.org) includes this information. (P)
- www.avma.org (in topic area) (P)
- www.cdc.gov (in topic area – site includes access to MMWR) (P)
- http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/default.htm (in topic area – includes access to the FDA Food Code and the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance) (P)
- www.fda.gov/cvm (in topic area) (P)
- www.fsis.usda.gov (P)
- www.usda.gov (other USDA agencies have activities in topic area – APHIS, etc.) (P)
- www.foodsafety.gov (P)
- www.who.int (in topic area) (P)
- Food Microbiology: Fundamentals and Frontiers, Third Edition, 2007 Edited by Michael P. Doyle and Larry R. Beuchat, University of Georgia, Center for Food Safety ASM Press-Washington, D.C. (S)
- Review basic material in topic area in journals such as the Journal of Food Protection and JAVMA. (S)
4. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH EDUCATION
- Maxey-Rosenau-Last Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 15th ed., by Robert B Wallace (Editor), McGraw-Hill Medical, 2007. (P)
- Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance, 2nd ed., by Steven M. Teutsch (Editor), R. Elliott Churchill (Editor), Oxford University Press, USA, 2000. (P)
- CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication coursebook (Reynolds, Galdo, Sokler, 2002) (P)
- Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-based Management, 2nd ed., by Lloyd F. Novick (Author), Lloyd F. Novick; Cynthia B. Morrow; Glen P. Mays (Editor), Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007. (S)
- The Public Health Competency Handbook by Jane C. Nelson and Joyce D.K. Essien, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2002. (S)
- AVMA Directory for AVMA Policy Statements and Guidelines; information on government agencies and their specific branches/offices that utilize veterinarians; and, references to other resources, including specialty groups. (P)
- Websites are also useful resources, especially those of the AVMA, USDA, CDC (including its Public Health Law Program), Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, DHS, FDA, HHS, NASPHV and NACCHO. (S)
CORE COMPETENCIES--PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH EDUCATION
- Describe governmental functions (regulatory/rule-making and enforcement, policies, responsibilities, information/data collection and management) that directly impact public health.
- Define the major federal agencies and departments with functions and responsibilities that pertain to public health and understand the organizational structure.
- Describe governmental interactions and relationships (local, state, federal) pertaining to public health, including the relationship, responsibilities, and distinctions between agriculture and public health.
- Understand the three pillars of public health, the ten essential public health functions and the three levels of prevention (primary, secondary, tertiary).
- Describe the skills and education of a multidisciplinary team of public health professionals working at the local level.
- Describe the major functions and responsibilities of a local public health department.
- Demonstrate skills in developing and implementing plans.
- Define the responsibilities and integrated relationships of public health with partners in public health preparedness/bioterrorism preparedness, and the veterinary practitioner in emergency management/public health preparedness.
- Demonstrate competence in risk assessment and in risk communication.
- Demonstrate competence regarding the interactions of public health with diverse sectors of the public-at-large, the media, and government officials.
5. EPIDEMIOLOGY & BIOSTATISTICS
Epidemiology is the basic science with tools to support decision making processes in veterinary public health and preventive medicine. [see more on ACVPM site]
Biostatistics -- The ACVPM General Exam will require basic biostatistical knowledge that is essential for a diplomate to operate within the preventive veterinary medicine fields. Basic biostatistics and the statistics used in basic epidemiologic studies and investigations will be the foci. Basic biostatistics books will give the basic knowledge required but should be supplemented with an analytic epidemiology text.
Epidemiology Reference Materials·
- Smith RD. (2006): Veterinary clinical epidemiology. 3rd edition. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 259pp. (P)
- Thrusfield M. (2005). Veterinary Epidemiology (3rd ed.), Blackwell Science:Ames, IA. (P)
- Dohoo I, Martin W, Stryhn H. (2009) Veterinary Epidemiologic Research (2nd ed.), AVC Inc, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada. (S).
- Rothman,K.J. (2002). Epidemiology: An Introduction. Oxford University Press: NY, NY (P)
- Rothman,K.J. and Greenland,S. (2008): Modern epidemiology. 3rd edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins:Philadelphia, PA. (P)
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