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Literature List 2023

Below are the recommended reading lists for candidates sitting the 2023 ECVP exam.

Please note that reading lists are provided for guidance only and are not exhaustive. The exam will not necessarily be limited to the suggested references, as other books or journals may contain good papers or articles on veterinary pathology and these could potentially be included in the exam. Therefore, you should maintain a broad scan of relevant publications.

Each year approximately 80% of examination questions are taken from books and journals listed in the reading list. Your journal scan should focus on the last five years. Journal articles in print or electronically released before 1st September before the exam are considered in preparation for the exam. As an example, for 2023 exam, your journal scan should focus on the period that goes from 1st January 2018 to 31st August 2022.

Literature list for 2023 exam



  1. Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, international edition, 10th ed, by Kumar, Abbas and Aster. Saunders Elsevier, 2021, General Pathology (Chapters 1-8). ISBN: 978-0-323-53113-9/978-0-323-60992-0.
  2. Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease. Zachary J F, 7th ed, Mosby Press, 2022. ISBN: ‎ 978-0323713139 (Section I: Chapters 1-6, concentrate on pathogenetic mechanisms and diseases described in animals).

Journals: (mainly focus on review articles):

  1. American Journal of Pathology
  2. Laboratory Investigation
  3. Nature (main Journal only)
  4. Science
  5. Veterinary Pathology



2.1. SMALL ANIMALS (dog, cat) and LARGE ANIMALS (horse, sheep, goat, cattle, pig)


  1. Jubb, Kennedy & Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals: Volume 1-3, 6th Saunders Ltd., 2015, ISBN: 9780702053191
  2. Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease. Zachary J F, 7th ed, Mosby Press, 2022. ISBN: ‎ 978-0323713139.


  1. Veterinary Pathology
  2. Journal of Comparative Pathology

2.2. EXOTIC AND WILDLIFE ANIMALS (cage birds, zoo animals, wildlife)


  1. Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals. 1st Karen A. Terio, Denise McAloose, Judy St. Leger, Academic press, 2018. ISBN: 9780128053065
  2. Infectious diseases of wild mammals and birds in Europe. D. Gavier-Widen, A. Meredith & J.P. Duff, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4051-9905-6
  3. Pathology of Pet and Aviary Birds. 2nd Schmidt, Reavill & Phalen, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-118-82809-0


  1. Veterinary Pathology
  2. Journal of Comparative Pathology
  3. Journal of Wildlife Diseases
  4. Journal of zoo and Wildlife medicine
  5. Screening for appropriate manuscripts: Avian Pathology and Avian Diseases

2.3. POULTRY (industrially kept birds)


  1. Diseases of Poultry, 14th Edition, David E. Swayne, Martine Boulianne, Catherine M. Logue, Larry R. McDougald, Venugopal Nair, David L. Suarez, Sjaak de Wit, Tom Grimes, Deirdre Johnson, Michelle Kromm, Teguh Yodiantara Prajitno, Ian Rubinoff, Guillermo Zavala, 2019 Online ISBN:9781119371199
  2. Avian Histopathology, 4th ed, 2016, published by the American Association of Avian Pathologists, edited by Tahseen Abdul-Aziz


  1. Avian Pathology
  2. Avian Diseases
  3. Veterinary Pathology
  4. Journal of Comparative Pathology

2.4. LABORATORY ANIMALS (mouse, rat, non-human primate, dog, rabbit, guinea pig, zebrafish and other species used for biomedical research and drug safety assessment) 

In order to better reflect the current professional context in which comparative pathologists work, the Veterinary Pathology minor item of Laboratory Animals includes animal models of human diseases. The approximative distribution of topics for this section is:

  •     40% Non-infectious spontaneous background pathology of laboratory animals,
  •     20% Infectious diseases of laboratory animal species,
  •     40% Pathology of specific animal models of human diseases (transgenic, experimental, infectious…).


  1. Pathology of Laboratory Rodents and Rabbits, by S.W. Barthold, S.M. Griffey, D.H. Percy, 4th ed, Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-118-82424-5
  2. Nonhuman Primates in Biomedical Research, Volume 2: Diseases, Chapters 1, 2, 4 and 6. By C.R. Abee, K. Mansfield, S.D. Tardif, T. Morris, 2nd ed, American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, Academic Press, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0123813664
  3. Background Lesions in Laboratory Animals, by E.F. McInnes, Saunders Elsevier 2012. ISBN 978-0-7020-3519-7


Only articles related to spontaneous non-infectious background pathology, spontaneous infectious diseases, and pathology of well-described or well-established animal models of human disease:

  1. Veterinary Pathology
  2. Toxicologic Pathology
  3. Comparative Medicine







Last Updated: December 23rd, 2022