American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM): Oncology

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American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Reading List for Oncology is no longer listed on the ACVIM website. Contact the ACVIM for more info.   Here is the latest version of the list (2017) that we have obtained.

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Group 1 Textbooks: The following texts are essential to provide a detailed knowledge base in oncology.

  1. Cancer, principles & practice of oncology. Vincent T. Devita Jr., Samuel Hellman, Steven A. Rosenberg. 10th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.
  2. Withrow & MacEwen's small animal clinical oncology. Stephen J. Withrow, David M. Vail. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo.: Saunders Elsevier, 2013. [also available as online book]
  3. Cancer chemotherapy and biotherapy: principles and practice. Bruce A. Chabner, Dan L. Longo. 5th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011.
  4. The basic science of oncology. Ian F. Tannock, et al. 5th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Pub. Division, 2013.
  5. Cellular and molecular immunology. Abul K. Abbas, Andrew H. Lichtman. 8th ed. 2014
  6. Tumors in domestic animals. Donald J. Meuten. 4th ed.  2002. [also available as online book].  (5th ed. 2017 also available in print and as online book)
  7. The biology of cancer. Robert A. Weinberg. 2nd ed. 2013.

Group 2 Textbooks: The following texts have chapters or sections that have more detail and/or different perspectives

  1. Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy. XIII, XIV, and XV. (1995, 2000, 2008, 2014). [XIV online-limited simultaneous access | XV, 2014 available online-limited simultaneous access] - oncology related chapters
  2. Feldman and Nelson: Canine and Feline Endocrinology and Reproduction, 4th Edition. (2015) endocrine neoplasia [also have as online book]
  3. Cowell, Taylor, and Meinkoth: Diagnostic cytology and hematology of the dog and cat. 4th ed. St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby, 2013. [also available as online book-limited simultaneous access]
  4. Raskin and Meyer: Canine and Feline Cytology: A Color Atlas and Interpretation Guide 3rd Edition (2015) [also have online book]
  5. Hall: Radiobiology for the Radiologist, 7th Edition. Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012. excellent source for radiotherapy; easy to read with study questions for each chapter
  6. Ogilvie & Moore: Feline Oncology. Trenton, NJ: Veterinary Learning Systems, 2001.
  7. Ogilive & Moore: Managing the Canine Cancer Patient, A Practical Guide to Compassionate Care. Yardley, PA: Veterinary Learning Systems, c2006.
  8. CJ Henry & ML Higginbotham Cancer Management in Small Animal Practice,1st Edition, 2009 [also available as online book]

Group 3 Textbooks: The following texts are resources for specialized information that is not available elsewhere, or contain information complementary to that in Group 1.

  1. Veterinary Clinics of North America – oncology related chapters (2000-present)
  2. Veterinary laboratory medicine: clinical pathology. J. Robert Duncan, Keith W. Prasse, Edward A. Mahaffey. 5th ed., Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 2011.
  3. Schalm's veterinary hematology. Bernard F. Feldman, Joseph G. Zinkl, Nemi C. Jain. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2010. [also available as online book-limited simultaneous access.] excellent source for cytochemistry
  4. Biostatistics: the bare essentials, 4th ed. 2014 (online-limited simultaneous access). Geoffrey R. Norman, David L. Streiner.  [paper copies of previous edition also available]


"Candidates are expected to have a good working knowledge of the veterinary cancer literature. Publications that contain material not yet available in textbooks are especially important. Each journal listed below should be reviewed for relevant articles from 2005 to the present. Both print and online journal versions should be reviewed including early view."

PubMed search link to all ACVIM Oncology #1-16 literature
(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 Veterinary Internal Medicine
  2. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  3. American Journal of Veterinary Research
  4. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
  5. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
  6. Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  7. Journal of Comparative Pathology
  8. Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
  9. Veterinary Pathology
  10. Veterinary Surgery
  11. Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound
  12. Journal of Small Animal Practice
  13. Research in Veterinary Science
  14. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
  15. BMC Veterinary Research
  16. The Veterinary Journal

Candidates are responsible for articles on veterinary oncology published in the human literature and review articles discussing major concepts in cancer biology and general therapeutic strategies. This list is not exhaustive.

Supplemental Reading List

  1. Bergman PJ, Camps-Palau MA, McKnight JA, et al. Development of a xenogeneic DNA vaccine program for canine malignant melanoma at the Animal Medical Center. Vaccine 2006; 24:4582- 4585.
  2. Breen M, Modiano JF. Evolutionarily conserved cytogenetic changes in hematological malignancies of dogs and humans - man and his best friend share more than companionship. Chromosome Research 2008;16:145-154.
  3. Bryan JN, Keeler MR, Henry CJ, et al. A population study of neutering status as a risk factor for canine prostate cancer. Prostate 2007;67:1174-1181.
  4. Frazier DL, Price GS. Use of body surface area to calculate chemotherapeutic drug dose in dogs: II. Limitations imposed by pharmacokinetic factors. J Vet Intern Med 1998;12:272-278.
  5. Modiano JF. Ritt MG. Wojcieszyn J. The molecular basis of canine melanoma: pathogenesis and trends in diagnosis and therapy. J Vet Intern Med. 13(3):163-74, 1999.
  6. Mutsaers AJ, Mohammed SI, DeNicola DB, et al. Pretreatment tumor prostaglandin E2 concentration and cyclooxygenase-2 expression are not associated with the response of canine naturally occurring invasive urinary bladder cancer to cyclooxygenase inhibitor therapy. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids 2005;72:181-186.
  7. Nasir L, Devlin P, Mckevitt T, et al. Telomere lengths and telomerase activity in dog tissues: a potential model system to study human telomere and telomerase biology. Neoplasia 2001;3:351- 359.
  8. Price GS, Frazier DL. Use of body surface area (BSA)-based dosages to calculate chemotherapeutic drug dose in dogs: I. Potential problems with current BSA formulae. J Vet Intern Med 1998;12:267-271.
  9. Rowell JL, McCarthy DO, Alvarez CE. Dog Models of naturally occurring cancer. Trends Mol Med. 2011 Jul;17(7):380-8. Epub 2011 Mar 24.
  10. Hanahan D, Weinberg RA. Hallmarks of cancer: the next generation. Cell. 2011 Mar 4;144(5):646-74. 
  11. Hanahan D, Weinberg RA. The hallmarks of cancer. Cell. 2000 Jan 7; 100(1) 57-70.

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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.”

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Web page updated 3/16/2017.