Readings recommended by the Education & Residency committee (update December 2010)

The suggestion of review papers on a specific topic is not meant to be exhaustive and can not replace thorough review of the current literature.

Medicine and Surgery

Adams, H.R. (ed.) (2009) Veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics (9th edn.) Iowa State Press ISBN: 0813820618

A. David Weaver, Guy St Jean, Adrian Steiner (2005) Bovine Surgery and Lameness (2nd edition) ISBN 1405123826

Coetzer, J.A.W., Tustin R.C. (2005) Infectious diseases of livestock (2nd edn.) Oxford University Press. ISBN: 019578202X

Fubini, S.L., and Ducharme, N.G. (2004) Farm animal surgery. Saunders. ISBN: 0721690629

Greenough, P. R. and Weaver, A. D. (1997) (eds). Lameness in cattle (3rd edn.). Saunders. ISBN: 0721652050

Radostits, O. M., et al., (2007). Veterinary medicine (10th edn.). W B Saunders Company Ltd. ISBN: 0702027774

Raven, E.T. (1985) Cattle footcare and claw trimming. Farming Press Ltd. ISBN: 0852361491

Smith, B.P. (ed.) (2009) Large animal internal medicine (4rd edn.). Mosby. ISBN: 032304297X

Herd Health and Epidemiology

Barnard, C.S., J.S. Nix (1980) Farm planning and control (2nd edn.) Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0521296048

Brand, A., et al. (1998). Herd health and production management in dairy practice. Purdue University Press. ISBN: 9074134343

Dijkhuizen, A.A. and Morris, R.S. (1997) Animal health economics - Principles and applications. University of Sydney. ISBN: 0646314815 (not longer available)

Petrie, A. and Watson, P. (2005) Statistics for veterinary and animal science (2nd edition). Blackwell Science. ISBN: 1405127813

Radostits, O.M., et al. (2001) Herd health: food animal production medicine (3rd edn.). Saunders. ISBN: 0721676944

Thrusfield, M. (2007) Veterinary epidemiology (3rd edn.). Blackwell Publishing. ISBN: 1405156279

Van Horn, H.H., C.J. Wilcox (eds.) (1992) Large dairy herd management. American Dairy Science Association. ISBN: 0963449109

Reproduction and Genetics

Fries, R., Ruvinsky, A. (1999) The genetics of cattle. CABI Publishing. ISBN: 0851992587

Noakes D.E. et al. (2001). Arthur’s veterinary reproduction and obstetrics (8th edn.). Saunders ISBN: 0702025569

Peters A. R. and Ball P. J. H. (2004) Reproduction in cattle (3rd edn.). Blackwell Publishing. ISBN: 1405115459

Simm, G. (2000) Genetic improvement of cattle and sheep. Farming Press. ISBN: 0852363516

Husbandry – Nutrition and Housing

Andrews, A. H., et al. (eds) (2004) Bovine medicine: diseases and husbandry of cattle (2nd Edn.). Blackwell Scientific. ISBN: 0632055960

National Research Council (2001) Nutrient requirements of dairy cattle. (7th rev. edn.) ISBN: 0309069971

National Research Council (2009) Nutrient requirements of beef cattle 7th edn.) ISBN: 1151092193

Garnsworthy, P.C. (1988) Nutrition and lactation in the dairy cow. Butterworths ISBN: 0408007176

Naylor, J.M., Ralston, S.R. (1991) Large animal clinical nutrition. Mosby ISBN: 0801629020

Davis, C.L., Drackley, K. (1998) The development, nutrition, and management of the young calf. Iowa State University Press. ISBN: 0813829801

Dairying Andrews, A.H. (ed.) (2000) The health of dairy cattle. Blackwell Science. ISBN: 063204103X

Hogeveen, H. (ed.) (2005) Mastitis in dairy production. Wageningen Academic Publishers. ISBN: 9076998701

National Mastitis Council (1987) Laboratory and field handbook on bovine mastitis. ISBN: 0932147038

National Mastitis Council (1996) Current concepts of bovine mastitis (4th edn.) ASIN: B0032TEGEW

Garnsworthy, P.C. (2005) Calf and heifer rearing. Nottingham University Press. ISBN: 1904761224

Meat Hygiene / Food Safety


Acha, P., Szyfres, B. 1980 Zoonoses and Communicable Diseases Common to Man and Animals. Pan American Health Organization Sci. Publ. No. 345, Washington, pp. 720.

Pedro N. Acha and Boris Szyfres 2001 Zoonoses and Communicable Diseases Common to Man & Animals, Vol. I (Bacterioses and Mycoses) (3rd ed), pp. 401.

Pedro N. Acha and Boris Szyfres 2003 Zoonoses and Communicable Diseases Common to Man & Animals, Vol. II (Chlamydioses, Rickettsioses and Viroses) (3rd ed), pp. 416.

Catherine C. Adley (2005) Food-borne Pathogens: Methods And Protocols Editor 2005, pp. 267. ISBN: 158829465X

Legislation and Welfare

Grandin, T. (2007) Livestock handling and transport. (3nd edn.) CABI Publishing. ISBN: 1845932196

Sainsbury, D., Sainsbury, P. (1988) Livestock health and housing (3rd edn.). Baillière Tindall. ISBN: 0702011614

Wierenga, H.K., D.J. Peterse (eds.) (1987) Cattle housing systems, lameness and behaviour. Martinus Nijhoff. ISBN: 0898388627

Journals and Papers

In addition to the above references, candidates are advised to read relevant papers in veterinary and agricultural journals, various proceedings and the web. In the table below, we have identified journals written in English but emphasise that these are merely examples as there are many other good refereed journals in other languages.

Peer reviewed

Animal Reproduction Science
Animal (former Animal Science)
Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Archives of Animal Nutrition
International Dairy Journal
International Journal of Dairy Technology
Journal of Animal Science
Journal of Dairy Science
Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (former Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series A)
Livestock Science (former Livestock Production Science)
The Veterinary Journal
The Veterinary Record

Non-peer reviewed

Cattle Practice includes Proceedings of the British Cattle Veterinary Association)
In Practice
The Veterinary Clinics of North America - Food Animal Practice


5th IDF International Mastitis Conference
Lameness in Ruminants
Proceedings Annual Meetings of Animal Reproduction (ESDAR)
Proceedings of National Congresses e.g. French Buiatrics Congress, AABP, BCVA
Proceedings of the World Buiatrics Congresses

Web based

Readings kindly suggested by diplomates on single topics

The following literature references are kindly suggested by our diplomates.

Calf diseases (Ingrid Lorenz - Dublin)

Download the list suggested by Ingrid: Calf diseases