American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

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Textbooks Journals
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Content linked is from "SUGGESTED RESOURCE MATERIAL FOR ABVO EXAMINATION" Revised January 5, 2015.
All Written Examination questions are supported by a reference within the past seven publication years or from a textbook or journal article on the list of "Required" references.

Required Textbooks (links to NCSU Libraries' catalog records)

Anatomy, Histology, Embryology



  • Gelatt (ed.) Veterinary Ophthalmology (5th ed.) Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. (chapter 7 by Regnier, Clode, Rankin and Herring)



  • Gelatt (ed.) Veterinary ophthalmology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, (Most recent edition). (Chapter by Shamir and Ofri). 5th ed, 2013
  • Miller's anatomy of the dog. Evans, Howard.  Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders (Most recent edition) (cranial nerve section).


Clinical Ophthalmology

Textbooks Recommended for Image Recognition exam preparation

The following texts may be useful in preparing for the Image Recognition portion of the examination.  No questions will be derived from these texts for the Written portion of the examination.

Required Journals (links to NCSU Libraries' Journal List)

Past Seven Years of journal articles in print prior to January 1 of the year of the examination. Date of e-publication is irrelevant. Example: for the 2015 ABVO Examination, the hard copy publication dates covered on the exam range from January 1, 2008-December 31, 2014.

Note: Beginning with journal publication dates of January 1, 2010 and later, no questions on the Written examination will be derived from case reports that involve single animals. Review of images in these case reports is recommended for Image Recognition exam preparation.

Essential Veterinary Journals:

PubMed search link to all ABVO "Essential Veterinary Journals"
(Use PubMed's Publication dates: "Custom Range..." option on the left to enter the years you need to review for your exam.)

Other Veterinary and Human Journals:

PubMed search link to all ABVO "Other Veterinary and Human Journals"
(Use PubMed's Publication dates: "Custom Range..." option on the left to enter the years you need to review for your exam.)

Note: Review of basic science and human clinical journals should be limited to those articles dealing with situations or diseases directly applicable to veterinary ophthalmology (i.e.-where a common domestic animal is used as a animal model. Review of human clinical conditions or basic science articles unrelated to veterinary ophthalmology is not necessary for exam preparation.

Recommended, Non-required Reading

The following texts and journal articles are considered essential reading for veterinary ophthalmologists and opthalmology residents.  However, specific exam questions will not originate from these books, most of which are out of print, but still available in many veterinary school libraries.


Supplemental ("Classic") Journal Article List

Access to articles requires NCSU ID and password unless article citation is followed by (Open Access).


Library Tips and More Info

Search the catalog for additional ophthalmology resources available at NCSU Libraries.

“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.”


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Web page updated April 3, 2015.