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Main Study Textbooks

(in alphabetical order)

Clinical Veterinary Microbiology 2nd Edition (2013)

by Bryan Markey (Author), Finola Leonard (Author), Marie Archambault (Author), Ann Cullinane (Author), Dores Maguire (Author)

ISBN-13: 978-0723432371
ISBN-10: 9780723432371


Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease 2nd Edition (2011)

By P. J. Quinn (Author), B. K. Markey (Author), F. C. Leonard (Author), E. S. Fitzpatrick (Author), S. Fanning (Author)

ISBN-13: 978-1405158237
ISBN-10: 1405158239


Knowledge of basic and applied immunology, epidemiology, virology and pathology is assumed. Guidance for revision on these topics include the following textbooks:

Veterinary Immunology 10th edition (2017)

By Ian Tizard.

ISBN-13: 978-0323523493


Fenner’s Veterinary Virology 5th Edition (2016)

by N. James Maclachlan BVSc MS PhD (Editor), Edward J Dubovi B.A. M.A. Ph.D. (Editor)

Academic Press
ISBN-13: 978-0128009468
ISBN-10: 0128009462


Veterinary Epidemiology, an Introduction. (2010).

By Dirk. U.

ISBN-13: 978-1405176941


Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease 6th edition (2016)

By James F. Zachary (Editor)

ISBN-13: 978-0323357753


The following textbooks are a useful source of information to increase the understanding and depth of knowledge of the candidate but would not be considered essential reading.

Veterinary Microbiology 3rd Edition (2013)

by D. Scott McVey (Editor), Melissa Kennedy (Editor), M. M. Chengappa (Editor)

ISBN-13: 978-0470959497
ISBN-10: 0470959495

Veterinary Microbiology: Bacterial and Fungal Agents of Animal Disease 1st Edition (2004)

by J. Glenn Songer (Author), Karen W. Post (Author)

ISBN-13: 978-0721687179
ISBN-10: 0721687172


Topley and Wilson’s Microbiology and Microbial Infections 10th edition (2007).

By W.W.C. Topley (Editor) and G. S. Wilson (Editor).

Volumes: 1 & 2 Bacteriology, 3 & 4 Virology, 5 Medical Mycology, 7 Immunology

ISBN-13: 978-0470686386


Emerging and Epizootic Fungal Infections in Animals (2018)

By S. Seyedmousavi, G. S. de Hoog, J. Guillot, P. E. Verweij (Editors)

Springer International Publishing AG


Antimicrobial therapy in veterinary medicine

Edited by Steeve Giguère, John F. Prescott and Patricia M. Dowling

John Wiley & Sons Inc
ISBN: 9780470963029



Journals for ECVM Candidates

(in order of priority)

  1. Veterinary Microbiology
  2. Veterinary Research
  3. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
  4. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
  5. Veterinary Record
  6. The Veterinary Journal
  7. Preventive Veterinary Medicine
  8. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Exam questions may come from the literature published within the last five years.

Questions may also come from older articles if they are considered significant and essential to the application of veterinary microbiology.

This list of journals is not intended to be a compulsory reading list but candidates should be encouraged to select publications within these journals that apply to:

  1. Investigation, diagnosis and control of infectious conditions;
  2. Antimicrobial resistance;
  3. Food microbiology;
  4. One Health;
  5. Emerging diseases.