Lots of books of veterinary have been published over the years but these three below are considered milestones and cannot be missed. Cowell and Tyler’s cytology book is particularly good if you start from scratch as it contains also lot of text and basic information, on top of beautiful pictures and useful diagnostic algorithms. Raskin’s beautiful book is more of an atlas and is a must. I can’t live without the “differential diagnosis” section of that book. Sharkey’s veterinary cytology is a new textbook that offers a state-of-the-art, evidence-based reference to all aspects of veterinary cytology. I very much like the fact all chapters are written by clinical pathologists in collaboration with experts in other fields ranging from internal medicine, to surgery, ophthalmology, and dermatology, drawing the various specialties together to create a comprehensive picture of cytology’s role in diagnosis and treatment of animal disease.


Veterinary Cytology Leslie Sharkey



Cytology is important but a basic knowledge of pathology and clinical oncology is mandatory to be a good clinical pathologist. These two books below are a must and should be present on the bookshelfs of any veterinary pathologist.



Veterinary haematology by John Harvey is one of the reference textbooks for haematology of domestic animals. It is a great and concise book covering the basics and the more advanced concepts. It also contains a wide section dedicated to bone marrow examination. Sadly, it has not been updated since the first edition (2012).

Veterinary haematology, clinical chemistry, and cytology by Mary Anna Thrall is my guilty pleasure; it is very pleasant to read and beautifully combines haematology, clinical biochemistry. In the latest edition (2022) a section dedicated to cytology has also been added.




    The official page of the European Society and College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. A must if you want to start a residency program but useful also if you want to stay up to date with congresses and job offers.

  • ACVP

    The official page of the American Society and College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology. To keep an eye to what our colleagues on the other side of the Ocean do. There is a lot of informative material and important information about the annual congress.


    A very precious resource for all the clin path maniacs beautifully set up by Tracy Stockol and the Cornell University. A must to visit!


    The official page of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology. The ASVCP is a nonprofit scientific organization dedicated to the promotion of scientific advancement, education, and standards in veterinary laboratory medicine. The website contains lots of scientific material, most of which is available if you become a member.


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