American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM): Small Animal Internal Medicine

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American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Reading List for Small Animal Internal Medicine is no longer listed on the ACVIM website. Contact the ACVIM for more info.

"Candidates are advised to prepare for the examination by a systematic review of recent textbooks and periodicals. Your mentors can help you select appropriate study material. WE CANNOT DEFINE CONCLUSIVELY THE BODY OF KNOWLEDGE NECESSARY TO PASS THIS EXAMINATION – THE FOLLOWING LIST IS ONLY A GUIDELINE. Please note that although the emphasis of the examination is on recently (within the past 5 years, approximately) published literature, there are not set years that absolutely define which references are used for question preparation:"


  1. Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Ettinger and Feldman, 7th, 2010)
  2. Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XV AND XIV (last 2 editions, 2014 and 2009) [online only]
  3. Canine and feline endocrinology and reproduction. Edward C. Feldman, Richard W. Nelson. 3rd, St. Louis: W.B. Saunders, 2004. [New edition, 2015 is Canine and feline endocrinology] [also available as online book]
  4. EITHER Willard MD, Tvedten H. Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods, 5th ed. 2011 [also available as online book] OR Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology - Steven L. Stockham; Michael A. Scott, 2nd. ed. 2008.
  5. Chandler, M. Small Animal Gastroenterology. Edinburgh; New York: Elsevier, 2011. [also see other years]
  6. EITHER Guyton and Hall textbook of medical physiology.  John E. Hall. 12th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Saunders, 2011. OR Ganong's Review of medical physiology, Kim E. Barrett, et al.. 24th ed. New York, McGraw Hill Medical. 2012 AND Clinical physiology of acid-base and electrolyte disorders. Burton David Rose, Theodore W. Post. 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division, 2001.
  7. DiBartola SP: Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders, 4th ed., St. Louis, Elsevier Saunders, 2012 [also available as online book]
  8. Respiratory physiology: the essentials. John B. West. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012. OR West JB. Pulmonary pathophysiology, 8th. ed. 2013. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2013
  9. King LG. Textbook of Respiratory Disease in Dogs and Cats. Saunders, 2004.
  10. EITHER Veterinary immunology: an introduction. Ian R. Tizard. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2012 OR Roitt's Essential Immunology, 2011 [also online] OR Veterinary Clinical Immunology - Richard E. Halliwell; Neil T. Gorman
  11. EITHER Handbook of veterinary neurology. Michael D. Lorenz, Joe N. Kornegay. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo.: W.B. Saunders, 2011. [also available as online book] OR Veterinary neuroanatomy and clinical neurology. Alexander de Lahunta. 4th ed, Philadelphia: Saunder/Elsevier, 2015. OR A practical guide to canine and feline neurology. [edited by] Curtis W. Dewey
  12. EITHER Tilley et al. Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiology, 4th. ed 2007. [also available as online book] OR Small Animal Cardiovascular Medicine - Mark D. Kittleson; Richard D. Kienle  OR Textbook of canine and feline cardiology: principles and clinical practice. 2nd,. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1999 ([edited by] Philip R. Fox, David Sisson, N. Sydney Moise).
  13. Boothe, DM.  Small Animal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2nd ed. Elsevier, 2012.
  14. Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat. Greene, 4th ed .2012 OR Canine and Feline Infectious Diseases: Sykes, 1st edition (2014)
  15. August JR. Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, v.6, 2010.
  16. EITHER Withrow & MacEwen's small animal clinical oncology. Stephen J. Withrow, David M. Vail. 5th. St. Louis, Mo.: Saunders Elsevier, 2013. OR Cancer in Dogs and Cats - Wallace B. Morrison 2nd ed. 2002.
  17. Bartges, J. Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals, Wiley, 2011. [also available online]

Journals (articles relevant to small animal internal medicine): 

PubMed search link to all ACVIM Small Animal Internal Medicine journals
(Use PubMed's Publication dates: "Custom Range..." option on the left to enter the years you need to review for your exam.)

  1. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  2. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  3. Compendium : Continuing Education for Veterinarians
  4. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
  5. Journal of Small Animal Practice
  6. Veterinary Clinics of North America (Small Animal Practice) (internal medicine-related volumes)
  7. American Journal of Veterinary Research
  8. Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
  9. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
  10. Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  11. Veterinary Journal
  12. New England Journal of Medicine (see details below)
  13. Veterinary journals of other speciality colleges (see details below)

"Question material may come from articles published in the official journals of other specialty colleges, which clearly address the diagnosis or management of diseases routinely encountered by small animal internal medicine specialists. Questions covering material published in human literature have been used on this exam. The committee suggests, however, that you limit your review of the human literature to two areas: 1) general concepts in physiology/pathophysiology, and 2) major review articles found in the New England Journal of Medicine. Material unique to human medicine will not be used."

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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.”

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM): General Information Guide

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Web page updated 7/13/2015.