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Content linked is from "SUGGESTED RESOURCE MATERIAL FOR ABVO EXAMINATION" Revised January 2, 2014.
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

  • Evans and Christensen. Miller's anatomy of the dog (Ocular and orbital sections) 3rd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1993. (Chapters on eye, orbit, and cranial nerves). [4th ed. 2013 also available, among others]



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


  • Dubielzig. Veterinary ocular pathology : a comparative review. New York : Saunders, 2010.
  • Jubb and Kennedy. Pathology of domestic animals. 5th ed. Edinburgh; New York: Elsevier Saunders, 2007 (Most recent edition)(eye chapter only). (review general ocular pathology, the histology and basic mechanisms of pathologic lesions for each section of the eye, and pathologic features of diseases directly applicable to veterinary medicine)


  • 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 2014 ABVO Exam, the hard copy publication dates covered on the exam range from January 1, 2007-October 31, 2013.

** 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 such case reports is suggested for Image Recognition exam preparation.

Veterinary Journals:

(Not: Articles from these veterinary journals should be reviewed for any situation or disease that involves ocular, periocular, or neuro-ophthalmic structures or systemic conditions relevant to opthalmic disease.)

Other Journals:

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.


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Web page updated January 17, 2014.