Health Sciences Libraries


Resources for Board Exams

In 2010, the SAVMA Education and Licensure Committee conducted a survey of graduating fourth year students from all the veterinary schools and asked them questions about their study habits for the NAVLE.  They asked questions such as: When did you start studying?  What books did you find most helpful?  What review service helped you?

Most students felt that their class notes were the most helpful of all review materials - remember that the next time you feel like skipping lecture!

Among the books students felt were most helpful were Coté, Auburn Species Guide, NVMS Books, Merck manual, Pasquini, Veterinary Nerd book, Ettinger books, and the least helpful were the Mosby review books.

Regarding computer based/online review programs, students seemed to find VetPrep to be more helpful than Zuku reviews, but most students found that the materials provided by the NVBME on their website were very useful in preparing to take the exam.

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American Association of Veterinary State Boards: It is the single entity that reports board scores to the jurisdiction where a veterinarian desires to be licensed and is a resource for information about the regulation of the profession. This site has links to test sites, state boards and approved continuing education information.

Auburn University Board Review Files: a comprehensive collection of word documents and powerpoint presentations.

Martindale’s Virtual Veterinary Center: vet science by subject. A personal website with enormous and comprehensive collection of course and textbook content.

National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Website: Includes information for candidates on the qualifying exam, clinical skills assessment and the licensing exam as well as information on the board itself.

Parasitology Review - One hundred parasitology questions and answers tailored specifically for the boards.  Created by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

VetPrep is an online, interactive study resource for veterinary licensing exams consisting of a database of more than 2000 questions, formulated to highlight primary areas of interest in veterinary medicine.  They offer a practice and a test mode.  A 90-day subscription is $219.00.

Zuku Review - provides over 3000 referenced questions, 2 self-assessment tests, and 600 virtual Vet Board Games flashcards.  Current cost is $169 for 1 month of access.


Reference Shelf

Definitions and abbreviations of veterinary terms

Merck Vet Manual Online: The online version includes new chapters and expanded coverage, is updated frequently.

Veterinary abbreviations and acronyms


Library Resources

Saunders comprehensive review for the NAVLE / Patricia A. Schenck.
TC Veterinary Medical Library Reserve SF759 .S34 2010

Veterinary board exam review flash cards / by Veterinary Board Games. 2008.
TC Veterinary Medical Library Reserve SF759 V48 2008


Veterinary board review book : a complete review for the NAVLE and clinics / by written by Joshua Furman. 2006

TC Veterinary Medical Library ReserveQuarto SF759 .F87 2006


Swine diseases for boards : a review guide for the NAVLE / Audio Achievements. 2006

Audio CD or Book format.  SF971 .S954 2006


Veterinary board review [CD ROM] / Paul Pratt.   2001.

TC Veterinary Medical Library CD-ROM SF759 .V462x 2001


Veterinary correspondence revision course.  1998.

TC Veterinary Medical Library Quarto SF756.3.V483x.1998

1993 and 1984 editions are also available.


Review Questions and answers for veterinary boards/Pratt, Paul. 1993. 4vols.

TC Veterinary Medical Library SF759.R48x 1993


Self Assessment Questions and Answers for Small Animal Practitioners/ Pratt, Paul. 1993.

TC Veterinary Medical Library SF759.S452x 2 volumes


Practice form of the veterinary medical licensing examination of the National Board Examination Committee in cooperation with the Professional Examination Service/ Professional Examination Service. 1993.

TC Veterinary Medical Library Quarto SF759 .P73x 1993


Veterinary Pursuits: a review for board exams/ Buckingham, Frank. 1992.

TC Veterinary Medical Library Quarto SF759.B83x 1992


Mosby’s review questions & answers for veterinary boards / edited by Paul W. Pratt.  1998.

Five separate volumes: Basic Sciences; Ancillary Topics; Small Animal Medicine and Surgery; Clinical Sciences; Large Animal Medicine and Surgery.

TC Veterinary Medical Library Reserve Quarto SF759 .M67x 1998


Practice form of the clinical competency test (CCT) in veterinary medicine/  Professional Examination Services. 1988.

TC Veterinary Medical Library Quarto SF759 .P73x 1988


Information for Candidates on the national board examination for veterinary medical licensing/ Professional Examination Service. 1988.

TC Veterinary Medical Library Quarto SF759.P732