American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM)
There is not a residency for Veterinary Preventive Medicine at NC State's College of Veterinary Medicine. See the ACVPM Application FAQ website for instructions on qualifying for the exam.
ACVPM STUDY REFERENCES
Revised: January 2021
|Environmental Health and Toxicology
|Epidemiology and Biostatistics
|Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
|Public Health Administration and Education
The following list of study references is NOT a definitive, exhaustive list for preparing for the ACVPM examinations in the five subject areas:
- Environmental Health and Toxicology
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Food Protection
- Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
- Public Health Administration and Education
Subcategories and Exam topics within each subject area are more comprehensively listed within the ACVPM Model Curriculum. The Model Curriculum is an excellent resource to identify topic areas for focused study. A systematic reading of every listed resource is not an expectation of the Exam Committee, particularly since some of the resources have considerable overlap in content. Rather, each candidate should select references within each subject area to build upon and strengthen their own existing set of skills and knowledge. Supplementary titles are provided for those who wish to do additional reading. The current scientific and professional literature (ProMed, JAVMA, MMWR, Lancet, NEJM, Science, etc.) is also necessary to properly prepare for the examinations.
Applicable to more than one subject area
|Link to Resource
|The Merck Veterinary Manual; current edition is 11th, edited by Susan E. Aiello (subject areas: Environmental Health and Toxicology, Infectious Diseases)
|Electronic Access Print Book
|Control of Communicable Diseases Manual; current edition is 20th, edited by David L. Heymann (subject areas: Infectious Diseases, Food Safety)
|American Veterinary Medical Association
|Centers for Disease Control (sites includes access to MMWR)
|Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
|https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/fda-organization/center-food-safety-and-applied-nutrition-cfsan (link on exam document no longer works)
|Center for Veterinary Medicine
|https://www.fda.gov/about-fda/fda-organization/center-veterinary-medicine (link on exam document no longer works)
|Food Safety and Inspection Service
|U.S. Department of Agriculture
|World Health Organization
Environmental Health and Toxicology
The Environmental Health and Toxicology section includes nine subcategories: Air; Land/soil; Water; Waste; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Occupational Health; Vectors; Radiation; and Toxicology. An equal number of questions will be drawn from each subcategory in the multiple choice section of the exam. The Toxicology subcategory draws upon the principles of toxicology and toxic substances in general. Applied knowledge of toxicology is incorporated into many of the subcategories areas.
|Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants, and Other Shared Health Risks [Print Book] (There are several non-infectious disease chapters that are applicable.)
|Peter Rabinowitz and Lisa Conti, editors
|Public Health Management of Disasters, the Practice Guide [Not available at NC State Libraries, request via Tripsaver]
|Landesman, Linda Young (ed)
Websites in topic areas: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Board of Veterinary Toxicology, etc.
|Environmental Engineering, 3 Volumes:
Prevention and response to water-, food-, soil-, and air-borne disease and illness [Print Book]
Environmental health and safety for municipal infrastructure, land use and planning, and industry [Print Book]
Water, wastewater, soil, and groundwater treatment and remediation [Print Book]
|Salvato, JA, Nemerow, N; Agardy, FJ; Sullivan, P (ed)
|Handbook of Environmental Health
|Koren, H; Bisesi, M
|Casarett & Doull's Toxicology: The Basic Science of Poisons
|Medical Management of Radiological Casualties [not available at NC State Libraries; electronic version available as free pdf, print book can be requested via Tripsaver]
|Military Medical Operations
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
The Epidemiology and Biostatistics section of the multiple choice exam includes questions that are drawn from subcategories listed within the Model Curriculum.
Epidemiology is the basic science with tools to support decision making processes in veterinary public health and preventive medicine. It deals with the investigation of diseases, production losses, and health issues in animal and human populations. Essential activities within epidemiology encompass the broad areas of study design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Biostatistical methods and techniques are relied upon to objectively identify factors associated with specific outcomes.
Preventive medicine professionals and other practitioners must be able to integrate and synthesize epidemiological findings with their knowledge from other basic and clinical sciences to design effective disease control and health maintenance programs. This includes the ability to plan surveillance or research activities and to evaluate the results.
Additionally, the ACVPM Exam will require biostatistical knowledge that is essential for a diplomate to operate within the preventive veterinary medicine fields. Candidates will need to demonstrate the ability to use and interpret basic biostatistics used epidemiologic studies and investigations. More specific examples of hypothesis tests and statistical techniques are listed within the Model Curriculum. General biostatistics books will provide the underlying knowledge but may need to be supplemented with an analytic epidemiology text.
|Veterinary Epidemiologic Research
|Dohoo I, Martin W, Stryhn H
|Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology
|Gordis Epidemiology [current edition has slightly different title and new editors]
|Celentano DD, Szklo M
|Epidemiology: An Introduction [Print Book]
|Biostatistics: A Foundation for Analysis in the Health Sciences [Not available at NC State Libraries; request via Tripsaver]
|Fundamentals of Biostatistics [Not available at NC State Libraries; request via Tripsaver]
|Primer of Biostatistics
Food science in the ‘Farm to Fork” spectrum is essential for a diplomate to operate within the preventive veterinary medicine fields. See the ACVPM Model Curriculum for Food Protection subcategories.
Websites provide key reference materials and current topics
|Website with topics
|US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
|US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
|US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including: Food Protection Topics, Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, Food Code, Bad Bug Book
|Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including: Food Protection Topics, MMWR, PulseNet, FoodNet
|World Health Organization (WHO)
|American Veterinary Medical Association, concentrating on current topics and articles related to Food Protection
|Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
|Review food science basics in a food science text and current focus areas and hot topics in journals such as the Journal of Food Protection and above cited references. No specific text is required.
|Review basics on foodborne outbreak investigations and calculations in an appropriate food science or epidemiology textbook. No specific text required.
Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
The Infectious Diseases section includes eight subcategories: Immunology and Pathogenesis; Transmission; Pharmaceuticals; Biologics; Diagnostics and Chemicals; Bacterial, Viral, Rickettsial, Parasitic, TSE, and Mycotic Agents; Foreign Animal Diseases; and General.
|Foreign Animal Diseases [Print Book]
|United States Animal Health Association
|Diseases and current issues in swine
|Veterinary medicine : a textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats [Print Book] (current ed. title and authors are different than the reading list)
|Constable, Hinchcliff, Done, Gruenberg
|Emerging Infectious Diseases
|Transboundary and Emerging Diseases of Animals [Not available at NC State Libraries; request via Tripsaver]
|Spickler, Roth, Brown, and Galyon
|Reference for animal health regulatory functions (animal disease programs, regulatory animal health, biotechnology regulations, emergency response)
|Reference website for bovine brucellosis
|Bovine tuberculosis regulatory information
|International Disease Standards from OIE
|Manual of diagnostic tests and vaccines for terrestrial animals
|NASPHV compendia and recommendations
|Merck Veterinary Manual Online
|ISU Veterinary Diagnostic and production animal medicine- disease topics
|AVMA Knowledge base
|AVMA Hot issues
|Veterinary accreditation training modules on foreign animal diseases, role of agencies, aquatic animal diseases, antibiotic use, etc.
|CDC Animal parasites
|CDC zoonotic disease library
|Fenner's Veterinary Virology [Print Book]
|N. James Maclachlan and Edward Dubovi editors
|Parasitic Diseases [Not available at NC State Libraries; request via Tripsaver]
|Michael Katz, Dickson D. Despommier, and Robert Gwadz
|Pathogenesis of Bacterial Infections in Animals [Print Book]
Essentials of Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology
|Carlton L. Gyles, J.F. Prescott, Glenn Songer, and Charles O. Thoen
G Carter and D Wise
Public Health Administration and Education
The Public Health Administration and Education section includes questions drawn from the subcategories listed in the Model Curriculum.
|Maxcy, Rosenau, Last: Public Health and Preventive Medicine
|Robert B Wallace (Editor)
|Principles and Practice of Public Health Surveillance
|Lisa M. Lee, Steven M. Teutsch, Stephen B. Thacker (Editors)
|CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication manual
|AVMA Policy Statements and Guidelines (information on government agencies and their specific branches/offices that utilize veterinarians; and, references to other resources, including specialty groups
|Public Health Law Program
|Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
|Department of Homeland Security
|National Association of County and City Health Officials
|American Public Health Association
|Public Health Accreditation Board website
|Novick & Morrow's Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management: Principles for Population-Based Management [Not available at NC State Libraries; request via Tripsaver] [current edition has changed title and authors]
|Leiyu Shi & James A Johnson (Eds.)
Search the catalog for additional veterinary preventive medicine resources available at the NC State University Libraries.
“This is only a convenience copy of the reading list to help find copies of reading materials in the NC State University Libraries. It does not replace the official reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest reading list.”
Page updated 02/12/2021