American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM): Cardiology

For more information on preparing to be an ACVIM Diplomate in Cardiology, please visit the NCSU CVM Cardiology Residency website.

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This reading list is provided to aid candidates in preparation for the Cardiology Specialty Examination. It is NOT a complete listing of all texts/journals from which questions may be drawn but represents a body of knowledge that a qualified candidate should know.


Listed books represent current resources that may cover similar content and thus may be redundant to each other. The candidate should be familiar with the relevant concepts covered in these books. Not all books in each subject area are necessary to adequately cover all concepts as outlined in the document formally known as the GIG (GIG replacement-Certification Manual for Residents Mentors and Training Programs-CMRMT). In addition this list is not meant to exclude other resources that adequately address concepts as outlined in the GIG.
Note: When more than one edition is available then the most current edition is listed but earlier editions are often current enough with respect to core concepts. [Note from library - some of these books do have newer editions than what is on the list. You can search the catalog for those newer editions]

Title Author/Editor Edition Copyright Year
A Practical Guide to Cardiac Pacing Moses HW, Mullin JC 6th ed 2007
Manual of Veterinary Echocardiography  [2nd ed title doesn't include "Manual of"] Boon JA 2nd ed 2011
Braunwalds’s Heart Disease - A Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine Zipes DP et al. 11th ed 2018
Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside Zipes DP et al. 7th ed 2017
Cardiology of the Horse  [Print Book] Marr CM, Bowen IM 2nd ed 2011
Clinical Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology; a companion to Braunwald’s heart disease Issa ZF 2nd ed 2012
Drugs for the Heart Opie LH, Gersh BJ 8th ed 2013
Electrocardiography of the Dog and Cat Santilli R et al. 2nd ed 2018
Equine Internal Medicine (chapter on Cardiovascular Diseases)  [Print Book] Reed SM, Bayly WM, Sellon DC 3rd ed 2010
Feigenbaum’s Echocardiography  [Print Book] Armstrong WF, Ryan T 7th ed 2009
Feline Cardiology  [Print Book] Cote E, MacDonald KA, Meurs KM, Sleeper MM 1st ed 2011
Grossman and Baim’s Cardiac Catheterization, Angiography, and Intervention Moscucci M 8th ed 2014
Hurst’s The Heart Fuster V et al. 14th ed 2014
Jubb, Kennedy and Palmers Pathology of Domestic Animals  [Print Book] Maxie MG 6th ed 2015
Marriott’s Practical Electrocardiography Wagner GS, Strauss DG 12th ed 2013
Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog  [Print Book] Evans HE 4th ed 2012
Moss and Adams’ Heart Disease in Infants, Children, and Adolescents including the fetus and young adult Allen HD et al. 9th ed 2016
Physiology of the Heart  [Print Book] Katz AM 5th ed 2010
Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine  [This is only available online at, which does require registration.  Using a .edu e-mail address will give you access to a free account] Kittleson MD 2nd ed 2005
Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography  [Not available at NC State Libraries; request via TripSaver] Otto CM 6th ed 2018
Textbook of veterinary diagnostic radiology  [Print Book] Thrall DE 7th ed 2018
Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Diseases of the Dog and Cat Ettinger SJ et al. 8th ed 2017
The Cardiac Catheterization Handbook  [Print Book] Kern MJ et al. 6th ed 2015
The Echo Manual Oh JK 3rd ed 2006
The Practice of Clinical Echocardiography Otto C 5th ed 2016
Veterinary Image–guided interventions Weisse C and Berent A 1st ed 2015
Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics  [Print Book] Riviere, JE and MG Papich 10th ed 2018

Journals and Serial Textbooks

Veterinary cardiac literature from 2015 – September 1st, 2019 should receive the most attention. In addition some relevant veterinary studies published in the human literature may be cited. Veterinary cardiac literature older than 2015 may also be referenced if more current publications have not addressed the topic.

Serial Textbooks (links to catalog search results)

Current Veterinary Therapy
Vet Clinics of North America
Proceedings of the Heartworm Symposium, American Heartworm Society: last 3 issues  [NC State Libraries does not have the two most recent proceedings; request them via TripSaver]

Veterinary Medical Journals Include

American Journal of Veterinary Research
Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Veterinary Parasitology
Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Veterinary Pathology
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Journal of Veterinary Cardiology
Journal of Small Animal Practice

Human Medical Journals That May Be Cited Include

Journal of the American College of Cardiology
American Heart Journal
American Journal of Cardiology
Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
British Heart Journal
European Heart Journal
Circulation Research
New England Journal of Medicine

Library Tips

Search the catalog for additional cardiology 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.”

For more information, please visit the ACVIM website. For information about the exam, visit the Certification Manual and General Information Guide website. The official reading lists will require you to log-in to the ACVIM's website.

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Web page updated 01/27/2021