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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."