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American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) Reading List

This is only a convenience copy of the ABVO reading list to help find copies of reading materials in local libraries.  It does not replace the official ABVO reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest ABVO reading list.

This guide contains the list of books and journals recommended as study materials for the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ABVO) (under the umbrella of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists) examination. Residents are responsible for ensuring they are using the correct edition of a book for their exam. Please ask your librarian, mentor, or specialty board examination committee if questions arise.

"All Written examination questions are supported by a reference within the past seven years or from a textbook or journal article on this list of “Required” references."

Source:  Suggested Resource Material for the ABVO Examination (Revised January 1, 2016)

This is only a convenience copy of the ABVO reading list to help find copies of reading materials in local libraries.  It does not replace the official ABVO reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest ABVO reading list.

Required Textbooks

 

Anatomy, Histology, Embryology

  • Most recent edition
  • Chapters on eye, orbit, and cranial nerves

Physiology

  • Most recent edition

Pharmacology

  • 5th edition, 2013 - Chapter 7 by Regnier, Clode, Rankin and Herring

Pathology

  • 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
  • 5th edition, 2013 - Chapter 8 by Grahn and Peiffer

Neuro-Ophthalmology

  • 5th edition, 2013 - Chapter 34 by Webb and Cullen
  • Most recent edition
  • Cranial nerve section

Surgery

  • Most recent edition
  • This text describes instrumentation, fundamentals of microsurgery and surgical procedures including a method for extracapsular lens extraction that may be useful for the surgical portions of the Practical Examination.
  • 5th edition, 2013 - Chapter 11 by Wilkie
  • Most recent edition

Clinical Ophthalmology

  • All issues and sections specifically relating to ophthalmology from the year 2000 to present.
  • All issues and sections specifically relating to ophthalmology from the year 2000 to present.
  • All issues and sections specifically relating to ophthalmology from the year 2000 to present.
  • All issues and sections specifically relating to ophthalmology from the year 2000 to present.

 

Textbooks for Image Recognition Exam Portion

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.

  • Most recent edition
  • Most recent edition
  • Most recent edition
  • Most recent edition
  • Most recent edition

Recommended, Non-Required Reading

The following texts are considered essential reading for veterinary ophthalmologists and ophthalmology 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.

  • Most recent edition
  • Especially important are chapters on exotic and domestic species
  • Recommended review of the rabbit, pig, ruminant sections, other species are covered in more contemporary texts - see below.
This is only a convenience copy of the ABVO reading list to help find copies of reading materials in local libraries.  It does not replace the official ABVO reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest ABVO reading list.

Essential Veterinary Journals

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 2016 ACVO Exam, the hard copy publication dates covered on the exam range from January 1, 2009-December 31, 2015.

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.

Note: 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 ophthalmic disease.

Other Veterinary and Human Journals

Questions derived from pertinent articles*  from these journals may occur infrequently on the Written examination.

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

This is only a convenience copy of the ABVO reading list to help find copies of reading materials in local libraries.  It does not replace the official ABO reading list. Candidates are responsible for ensuring they use the latest ABVO reading list.

Supplemental ("Classic") Journal Article List (Revised 10/2013)

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

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