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We have gathered some of the books and materials that we find most helpful and recommend most often! These resources include CVM's own published works (denoted with an *) and other beneficial resources published outside of CVM. Included below are resources on Animal Health and Husbandry, Training, and Missions and Development. If you have any questions please reach out to our training department at





AUTHORS: Dr. Peter N. Quesenberry and Dr. Maureen Birmingham

This amazing manual, covering health and disease conditions for all the major domestic animals in one volume, is written in a simple, easy to understand style, supplemented with many good illustrations. It was developed to benefit rural people in many areas of the world where livestock play an important role in village life and where there is no veterinarian available.  

Available on Amazon for $30
in  English, French (Manuel de Sante Animale), 
LaoMandarin Chinese, or Thai

Kindle available for $15 in English and French.

*Where There is No Animal Doctor
AUTHORS: Dr. Peter N. Quesenberry and Dr. Maureen Birmingham

This amazing manual, covering health and disease conditions for all the major domestic animals in one volume, is written in a simple, easy to understand style, supplemented with many good illustrations. It was developed to benefit rural people in many areas of the world where livestock play an important role in village life and where there is no veterinarian available. It deals with many different animal health-related topics, including disease prevention, recognition, control, and treatment, and the promotion of good animal nutrition. It is hoped that people who use this book will be able to realize which disease conditions they can handle on their own and when to call for help from more experienced animal health workers. Available on Amazon for $30 in EnglishSpanish (Donde No Hay Doctor Para Animales), and Tamil
Kindle available for $15 in English and Spanish

*Disease and Parasite Prevention
in Farm Animals: Ten Major Steps

AUTHOR: Dr. D.E. Goodman

“Why do our farm animals get sick and how can we keep them healthy?” This is a question veterinarians and other specialists who work with small farmers hear frequently. Most of these farmers work very hard, giving time, effort, and loving care to their animals in the hope that their farm will be more productive. Yet very often their animals and poultry are much less healthy and productive than they could be. In this small book are suggestions for raising healthier animals on small farms. While not all of these methods will apply in every area or situation, much of the information can be of help on most farms. If these principles are applied, livestock health and farm efficiency will improve. Available on Amazon for $6 in English. Or as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform

*Drugs and Their Usage

AUTHORS: Dr. Will Grimley, Dr. Randy Lynn, Myhre Belvins, Dr. Beth Robinson

Making the correct diagnosis is the most important part of treating an animal or flock, but this can often be a complicated and difficult task. This book is designed to aid the veterinarian and the veterinary technician in making knowledgeable and well-thought-out decisions for the treatment of animals. All the details about medicines and dosages cannot be remembered, thus everyone needs a reference book to look up important information. The book starts with a section on animal restraint, followed by how to determine dosages and monitor the patient. Then it covers the medicine cabinet and methods of administration. Only then comes the drug formulary, followed by sections on vaccines, control of ectoparasites, tranquilizers, and sedatives. This book contains vital information for those administering veterinary drugs. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform

*Effective Livestock Care, Volume 1 

AUTHORS: Dr. Peter N. Quesenberry, Dr. Jean Reed, and Dr. Fred Gardner

This DVD series is available in English/Spanish. Effective Livestock Care, Volume 1 covers essential topics out of “Where There is no Animal Doctor” in 13 bi-lingual sessions taught by Dr. Peter Quesenberry, along with his colleagues Dr. Fred Gardener and Dr. Jean Reed. This is a 6-7 DVD set with over 10 hours of instruction, available for $75We recommend also purchasing the accompanying book “Where There is No Animal Doctor”.

*Raising Healthy Cattle

AUTHORS: Willam T. Testerman and James Carlson

Cattle play important role in animal protein production for two reasons; first, the unique ruminant digestive system utilizes forage for food and secondary, much of the world offers marginal grazing systems on land not suitable for crop production. These feedstuffs would not be utilized were it not for the ruminants. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as free downloadable resource's on our eLearning platform

*Raising Healthy Fish

AUTHORS: Lora Petrie-Hanson and Larry Hanson

Aquaculture is a logical choice for protein production for two reasons: it is widely practiced throughout the world and it offers great growth potential. This book is a helpful guide in dealing with fish husbandry practices. It is a practical manual, giving country-specific examples and using many illustrations. The species used and the management practices suggested in the book are directed toward subsistence farming situations. Using this book as a guide, adequate-protein for a family can be produced in a suitable way. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform

*Raising Healthy Goats

AUTHOR: Robert A. Vanderhoof

Goats are among the earliest animals to be domesticated. Goats are small ruminants who can thrive in areas where larger animals would have more difficulty. The most important goat products are milk, cheese, meat, mohair, and leather. This manual is very comprehensive, covering all aspects of goat husbandry. It begins with physiological data on the goat and continues with an examination checklist. The book covers management, diseases, parasite control, and reproduction. It has many illustrations and tables that provide a well-documented and readable resource. Available on Amazon for $15 in English and SpanishOr as free downloadable resource's on our eLearning platform

*Raising Healthy Honey Bees 

AUTHORS: Randy Carl Lynn and Todd Cooney

Raising Health Honey Bees is a practical guide to constructing equipment, raising honey bees, and producing valuable crops of honey and beeswax. This book describes the tools and techniques that can be used by anyone who wants to enrich their lives through beekeeping. These techniques are based upon the use of Top Bar hives, which are simple and inexpensive to construct and easy to maintain. It includes extensive illustrations and diagrams so that all the necessary equipment can be home-made. The book covers European, African, and Asian Honey Bees, as well as Giant and Dwarf Honey Bee species. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform

*Raising Healthy Horses

AUTHOR: Dr. Bob Beede

This book was prepared by Christian Veterinary Mission as an aid to those working in areas where information and assistance needed by small horse owners is limited and veterinary assistance is often not available. The language is simplified for those who are reading English as a second language. It includes a glossary of terms and covers all aspects of horse care from a selection of healthy equines to equine first aid and dental care. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform

*Raising Healthy Pigs

AUTHOR: Dr. D. E. Goodman

This book speaks to the challenges of small farm pig production. The two main themes of malnutrition and parasite control are dealt with in-depth, utilizing very practical ideas and methods. The author repeatedly emphasizes the need to deal with these issues if the farmer is to be successful in pig farming. The book has many practical suggestions and is an excellent primer in pig farming. Originally published in 1984, it is now in its fourth edition. Available on Amazon for $15 in English and SpanishOr as free downloadable resource's on our eLearning platform

*Raising Healthy Poultry

AUTHORS: Dr. W. Malcom Reid, Dr. Gene M. Pesti, Dr. Billy Hargis,
Dr. Randle Moore, Dr. Pran Vohra, Dr. William F. Dean, and Dr. M. A. Hammarlund.

Poultry products are probably the most universally accepted animal protein sources. Small flocks can be initiated most easily, providing meat and egg protein. This practical manual now includes a comprehensive section on diseases. Also included is an excellent section on duck raising. First published in 1990, and revised in 1994 and 2000. Available on Amazon for $15  in EnglishFrench, and SpanishOr as free downloadable resource's on our eLearning platform


*Raising Healthy Rabbits

AUTHORS: Dr. W. Sheldon Bivin and Dr. William W. King.

There is a pressing need for protein for millions of people around the world. Rabbits are an alternate source of animal protein and can be raised in areas of limited space, with a little capital startup. They can be raised on a diet consisting largely of forage, plants, and shrubs. This book gives basic information that has shown to be successful in a variety of situations as it relates to raising domestic rabbits. This book is also available in Spanish. Available on Amazon for $15 in English and SpanishOr as free downloadable resource's on our eLearning platform

*Raising Healthy Sheep

AUTHORS: Cleon Kimberling and Gerilyn Parsons

This handbook will help the sheep producer select production goals, select the type of sheep most suitable for a particular area, and will serve as a guide for the production of healthy sheep. Sheep are one of the most common livestock and among the first to be domesticated. They are very adaptable and will produce milk, fiber, and meat under a wide range of environmental conditions and management systems. This manual covers the main principles of sheep production and management with an emphasis on disease prevention. The production of high quality products is also discussed. This handbook will help the sheep producer select production goals, select the type of sheep most suitable for a particular area, and will serve as a guide for the production of healthy sheep. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform

*Slaughter and the Preservation of Meat

AUTHOR: Sandol Johnson

Slaughter and the Preservation of Meat This book seeks to provide basic information concerning slaughter, processing and preserving meat for small farmers and agricultural workers. The topics discussed are sanitation, pre-slaughter conditions and post-slaughter conditions. It includes techniques for beef, pigs, sheep & goats, poultry, and small animals such as rabbits. Other topics include preservation, storage, plans for a simple slaughter facility and for small to medium plants. The final section on small to medium plants is a reference for people that continue to expand the number of animals they slaughter and process. Proper methods for preparation of meat for human consumption are important to maintain proper human health. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform


AUTHOR: Dr. D.E. Goodman

Specific diseases and parasites usually affect animals within the same species. Relatively few cross over to humans; however when this happens, the outcome can be very serious. These diseases that cross over to humans are called Zoonoses. This book is comprised of a series of articles describing a variety of zoonotic conditions and their prevention. The authors write from experience in a very straightforward and practical manner. This book discusses the most important diseases and parasites of animals that affect human health such as Rabies and Tuberculosis and many others. It discusses one disease and parasite from each category as an example of the prevention and/or control measures that apply to the entire group. This is an excellent book for instructors and students at any level, community leaders and health workers and for those visiting new areas for the first time. Available on Amazon for $15 in EnglishOr as a free downloadable resource on our eLearning platform



Learning Together: The Agricultural

Worker’s Participatory Sourcebook

AUTHOR: Susan Stewart 

This book was designed for any agricultural or livestock worker who is or will be training farmers. It is for people designing training programs, and for farmers and professionals who are trainers. This book contains many practical tools for training in an agricultural or animal husbandry context.
Available on LuLu for $30 in English and Spanish 
(Apprendos Juntos El Libro-fuente de trabajo Participativo para los Agricultores).

Village Animal Health Worker
Training Text and Medicine Guide

Animal Health Training and Consultancy Service,
Edited by Christian Veterinary Mission

This material, developed and tested for over 30 years by AHTCS in Nepal, is of value to farmers and those who work with them in many contexts outside Nepal. Through the provision of this edition, we hope to make this resource more widely available. This book is intended to accompany a training program for village animal health workers and not to stand alone without participatory, hands-on training. Available on Amazon for $20 in English




Foreign to Familiar: A guide to Understanding
Hot and Cold Climate Cultures

AUTHOR: Sarah Lanier

A guide to understanding cultural differences and how they influence customs and communication. An easy to read paperback that serves as a beginning introduction to cross-cultural sensitivity. (McDougal Publishing, 2000)



Global Mission Handbook:
A Guide for Cross-Cultural Service

AUTHORS: Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor

"Considering a career in cross cultural ministry? Veteran mission professionals Steve Hoke and Bill Taylor offer a practical guide for preparing for intercultural missions." This is a practical handbook for preparing for intercultural missions. It includes resources for personal spiritual preparation as well as cross-cultural skills and hands-on missionary training. (Intervarsity Press, 2009)

*Mission Vets

AUTHOR: Arthur L. Dorminy

This book chronicles the journey of Christian Veterinary Mission from its inception through the first 25 years. The author documents this odyssey by including copies of important events and by using quotes from many who have participated in the ministry. In addition to being a history of the organization, it serves as a challenge to the reader to become involved in ministry. It encourages us to use whatever talents the Lord has given us in service to Him and His children. Available on Amazon for $25 in English

Serving with Eyes Wide Open

AUTHOR: David A. Livermore

"Become a more effective cross-cultural minister by opening your eyes to global realities and Western assumptions about short-term missions."

Short-Term Missions Workbook:
From Mission Tourist to Global Citizen

AUTHOR: Tim Dearborn

Another excellent but small paperback designed to prepare you to serve God through short-term missions. This workbook allows you to work through this together with a team or as an individual. “Going on a short-term mission trip can be a life- and faith- transforming experience. It can enrich the way you view the world. It will cause you to rely on God more fully. It is an opportunity to develop deep relationships with your team and the people you serve. A short-term mission experience can also involve weeks of physical and spiritual distress. An unprepared team can wreak of havoc on each other and the people they intend to serve. To get the most out of such a missions trip, you need to go prepared.” (Intervarsity Press, 2003)

Tend My Sheep: A Veterinarian in Mongolia 

AUTHOR: Gerald Mitchum, DVM 

Tend My Sheep – A Veterinarian in Mongolia is the compelling story of the Mitchum’s 25 years of faithful service to the Lord among the proud and rugged people in the land of Genghis Khan. Working through Christian Veterinary Mission, Dr. Mitchum’s teams established an indigenous veterinary organization called Mongolia V.E.T. Net, provided essential veterinary and humanitarian services to the herdsmen and their families, and spread Christianity to the remotest regions of Mongolia. Dr. Mitchum’s story is filled with personal reflections, spiritual insights, and powerful Christian testimonies.


When Helping Hurts

AUTHORS: Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert

When Helping Hurts is an excellent resource that we recommend anyone looking to go into short or long-term missions read. This book, from a biblical perspective on poverty, moves from the foundational concepts about poverty (Who are the poor?) to principles (Should we do relief, rehabilitation, or development?) to strategies (How can we help the poor domestically? Internationally?). It will guide you toward a true understanding of poverty and a plan to make a difference. This book has inspired CVM's own Poverty Series, which explores the root causes of poverty and address strategies in alleviating poverty and community development.  This series can be found on our eLearning platform