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2014 ACVS EXAMINATION READING LIST

The following references and books are suggested reading for preparation for the 2014 Examination. Other textbooks and current references may be pertinent. Knowledge of basic and applied anatomy is assumed.

Selected References for Small Animal Surgery

  1. Guyton AC, Hall JE: Textbook of Medical Physiology, W.B. Saunders, 12th ed. 2011 or 11th Ed, 2006 (chapters are equivalent), Chapters 4-13, 16, 20, 22, 25, 29-30, 36-42, 49, 60, 62-64, 70.
  2. Lumb and Jones: Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (4th Ed), Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Chapters 1-21, 26, 36-43, 45-50, 52-53.
  3. Fossum TW: Small Animal Surgery, Mosby Co. 4th ed. 2013.
  4. Boothe DM: Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics: 2nd ed, Elsevier, 2011. Ch. 6 (Principals of Antimicrobial Therapy), ch. 7 (Antimicrobial drugs), ch. 19 (GI Physiology), and ch. 29 (Anti-inflammatory drugs).
  5. Johnson AL, Houlton JEF, Vannini R: AO Principles of Fracture Management in the Dog and Cat, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 20, 27. AO Publishing, 2005.
  6. Bojrab MJ, Monnet E: Mechanisms of Disease in Small Animal Surgery (3rd Ed), Teton NewMedia, 2010.
  7. Tams T, Rawlings CA.  Small Animal Endoscopy. 3rd ed. Elsevier, 2011. [also available as online book]  Ch. 1 (endoscopic instrumentation, ect.), ch. 11 (Energy & stapling devices), ch. 12 (App of LASER energy), ch. 13 (Endoscopic knot tying & suturing), ch. 14 (Psychomotor training), ch. 15 (Laparoscopy), ch. 16 (Thoracoscopy), and ch. 21 (Arthroscopy).
  8. Tobias K, Johnston S.  Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal.  St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2012.

Selected References for Large Animal Surgery

  1. Auer JA, Stick JA: Equine Surgery, W.B. Saunders Co., (4th Ed), 2012. [Also available as online book.]
  2. Tobias and Johnston.  Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal, Volume 1.  St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2012.  Chapters 1-19, 41, 46, 49.
  3. Nixon AJ: Equine Fracture Repair, W.B. Saunders Co., 1996.
  4. Cunningham J, Klein B. Textbook of Veterinary Physiology.  4th ed. Saunders, 2007. [5th ed. 2013 also available]
  5. Lumb and Jones: Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (4th Ed), Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Chapters 10 and 28.
  6. Muir WW, Hubbell JAE: Equine Anesthesia: Monitoring and Emergency Therapy (2nd Ed), Saunders, 2009. [Also available as online book.]
  7. Fubini SL, Ducharme NG: Farm Animal Surgery, W.B. Saunders Co., 2004. [Also available as online book.]
  8. McIlwraith CW, Wright I, Nixon AJ, Boening KJ: Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse (3rd Ed). Mosby Ltd, 2006. [Also available as online book.]
  9. Boothe DM: Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics: 2nd ed, W.B. Saunders Co., 2011. Ch. 6 (Principles of antimicrobial therapy), ch. 7 (Antimicrobial drugs), and ch. 29 (Anti-inflammatory drugs).
  10. Fischer AT: Equine Diagnostic and Surgical Laparoscopy, Saunders Co., 2001. 
  11. Stashak TS, Theoret CL: Equine Wound Management, (2nd Ed), Blackwell Publishing, 2008.

Selected Journals

Many journals contain articles pertaining to surgery (both human and veterinary) and should be perused for current literature. A partial list of veterinary journals includes:

Journals for Small Animal Surgery Candidates

Journals for Large Animal Surgery Candidates

The majority of questions come from literature published in the last five years. For example, if you are taking the 2014 examination, questions will primarily come from literature published in the range of 01/01/09–12/31/13. Questions may also come from older articles considered significant and essential to the knowledge of the veterinary surgeon.

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Large Animal: Phase I Surgical Knowledge Examination

See list with specific guidance at https://www.acvs.org/sites/default/files/files/Residency/Exam/LA-PhaseI-exam-suggested-reading-July2014.pdf

  1. Auer JA, Stick JA: Equine Surgery, W.B. Saunders Co., (4th Ed), 2012. [Also available as online book.]
  2. Tobias and Johnston.  Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal, Volume 1.  St. Louis, Mo. : Elsevier/Saunders, c2012.  Chapters 1-19, 41, 46, 49.
  3. Nixon AJ: Equine Fracture Repair, W.B. Saunders Co., 1996. Chapters 1-11, 33-39
  4. Cunningham J, Klein B. Textbook of Veterinary Physiology.  4th ed. Saunders, 2007. [5th ed. 2013 also available]
  5. Lumb and Jones: Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (4th Ed), Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Chapters 10 and 28.
  6. Muir WW, Hubbell JAE: Equine Anesthesia: Monitoring and Emergency Therapy (2nd Ed), Saunders, 2009. [Also available as online book.]
  7. Fubini SL, Ducharme NG: Farm Animal Surgery, W.B. Saunders Co., 2004. [Also available as online book.] Chapters 4-7. In addition, portions of Chapters 8-12 may be covered on the Phase I and/or Phase II exams. See the representative divisions of Auer and Stick by page for examples of how, in each chapter, anatomy and physiology (Phase I) is split from diagnostics, treatment, and perioperative care (Phase II).
  8. McIlwraith CW, Wright I, Nixon AJ, Boening KJ: Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse (4th Ed ON ORDER). Mosby Ltd, 2014. [3rd ed. 2006 Also available as online book.] Chapters 1-3
  9. Boothe DM: Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics: 2nd ed, W.B. Saunders Co., 2011. Ch. 6 (Principles of antimicrobial therapy), ch. 7 (Antimicrobial drugs), and ch. 29 (Anti-inflammatory drugs).
  10. Ragle CA: Advances in Equine Laparoscopy, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Chapters 1-6. [also available as online book]
  11. Stashak TS, Theoret CL: Equine Wound Management, (2nd Ed), Blackwell Publishing, 2008. Chapters 1-5.
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