American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Recommended Reading List

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For Individuals Interested in Applied Veterinary Behavior. The following books are organized topically, then alphabetically by author(s).


The ACVB has developed the suggested reading list for individuals applying for membership, from the more general recommended reading list. Suggested readings are indicated by an asterisk (*). The intent of the more specific list is to help guide the candidate towards the more pertinent books that will assist them in preparing for the examination. The recommended list is not intended to suggest that the candidate should read every book on ethology or every book on learning theory, but rather is presented so as to demonstrate the breadth and scope of veterinary behavior. Neither list should be construed as a commitment regarding specific examination material. For the purposes of studying for the ACVB examination, it is suggested that an applicant review texts pertaining to general principles of behavior as well as species specific material, then use other books to fill in clinical information. Current texts in the fields of internal medicine, neurology (Lorenz or Chrisman et al), and neuroscience (Bear et al or Kandel et al) should also be reviewed, with emphasis on veterinary behavior. More timely material, available in periodicals listed below, should be consulted as well. Refer to the general reading list for additional references.

Learning Theory, Cognition

Neurology/Neuroscience/ Physiology/Endocrinology


Clinical Texts

Domestic Species Specific Behavior

Lab/Zoo Animals/Exotic/Wild Animals


Quantification of Behavior

Animal Welfare

Other Suggested Readings

Applicants are expected to be familiar with the classic and current behavior literature from various journal sources. Journals listed below are particularly significant. Papers relevant to clinical case management should be emphasized. The list should not be considered all-inclusive.

PubMed search link to all ACVB "Other Suggested Readings" EXCEPT Proceedings of the International Veterinary Behavior Meetings and Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Association of Avian Veterinarians
(Use PubMed's Publication dates: "Custom Range..." option on the left to enter the years you need to review for your exam.)

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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 Behaviorists Suggested Reading List is available in the applicant packet (April 2018; starts on page 31).

Web page updated 9/25/2018

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