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ACVP Reading List: 2013 Clinical Pathology Certification Examination

From 2001 through 2012 the following textbooks and journals provided references for approximately 80% of the questions of the indicated sections of the Certifying examinations. These lists are arranged in alphabetical order. Particularly with the textbooks, it is important to recognize that one of several texts on a given subject may suffice; it is not necessarily advisable to read multiple textbooks on the same subject. For each book cited, the most recent edition as of January 1st of the year of the examination will be the reference of choice. For journal articles, most were published within the last 5 years. These lists are not all-inclusive lists, and the exam will not necessarily be limited to these references. Journal articles in print or electronically released before 1 March 2013 are considered in preparation of the exam.

General Pathology

  • American Journal of Pathology
  • Cell
  • Nature
  • Science
  • Toxicologic Pathology
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathology


  • Cheville- Ultrastructural Pathology: The Comparative Cellular Basis of Disease, 2nd edition
  • Haschek and Rousseaux -Fundamentals of Toxicologic Pathology, 2nd edition
  • Kumar, Abbas, Fausto-Robbins and Cotran: Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th Ed
  • Zachary, McGavin - Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, 5th Ed

Hematology, Cytology/Surgical Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry

  • American Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Blood (Review or veterinary-related articles)
  • Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • Veterinary Clinics of North America
  • Veterinary Pathology


  • Cowell, Tyler – Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Horse, 2nd ed.
  • Cowell, Tyler, Meinkoth and DeNicola - Diagnostic Cytology and Hematology of the Dog and Cat, 3rd ed.
  • DiBartola – Fluid, Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice (Fluid Therapy in Small Animal Practice), 4th ed.
  • Duncan & Prasse’s Veterinary Laboratory Medicine: Clinical Pathology, 5th ed.
  • Harvey - Veterinary Hematology: A Diagnostic Guide and Color Atlas
  • Kaneko, Harvey and Bruss - Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals, 6th ed.
  • Loeb, Quimby - The Clinical Chemistry of Laboratory Animals, 2nd ed.
  • Meyer, Harvey - Veterinary Laboratory Medicine, 3rd ed.
  • Osborne, Stevens­ Urinalysis. A Clinical Guide to Compassionate Patient Care
  • Kumar, Abbas, Fausto-Robbins and Cotran:  Pathologic Basis of Disease, 8th ed.
  • Raskin and Meyer – Atlas of Canine and Feline Cytology, 2nd ed.
  • Stockham and Scott - Fundamentals of Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 2nd ed.
  • Thrall - Veterinary Hematology and Clinical Chemistry
  • Tietz – Textbook of Clinical Chemistry, 4th ed.
  • Tietz - Fundamentals of  Clinical Chemistry, 6th ed.
  • Weiss & Wardrop - Schalm's Veterinary Hematology, 6th ed.