Medical and Veterinary Entomology Specialty Exam

To become a BCE specializing in medical entomology, you must pass the qualifying exam as well as this specialty exam.  After you have been accepted into the program, confirm with your proctor a date when you are ready to take the exam and inform the ESA Certification Coordinator by email to This exam is given online, the Coordinator will e-mail instructions one week prior to the scheduled test date to you and your proctor.  If your exam date changes please notify the Certification Coordinator at your earliest convenience.


Knowledge Domains Covered:

  • Identification of arthropods of medical-veterinary importance

  • Biology of arthropods of medical-veterinary importance

  • Epidemiology of arthropod-borne diseases

  • Non-vector arthropods of medical and veterinary importance

  • Surveillance and control of arthropods of medical-veterinary importance

  • History of medical and veterinary entomology

  • Regulatory guidance and its impact on medical-veterinary entomologists


Recommended Study Materials

Adams, J. ed. 1992. Insect Potpourri. Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.


Blum M. S. 1985.  Fundamentals of Insect Physiology. Wiley-Interscience.


Bram, R. 1978. Surveillance and Collection of Arthropods of Veterinary Importance. USDA Agric. Handbook No. 518, USDA, Washington, DC.   


Byrd, J.H., and J.L. Castner. eds. 2010. 2nd ed. Forensic Entomology. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.


Chapman, R. F. 2013. 5th ed. The Insects: Structure and Function, Cambridge University Press.


Clements, A. NThe Biology of Mosquitoes Volume 1 (1992), Volume 2 (1999), Volume 3 (2012). CABI Publishing.


Darsie, Jr., R., and R. Ward. 2005. 2ed. Identification and Geographic Distribution of the Mosquitoes of North America, North of Mexico. Amer. Mosq. Contr. Assn., Univ. Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


Debboun, M., S. Frances, and D. Strickman. eds. 2007. 2nd ed. Insect Repellents Handbook. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.


ldridge B. F. and Edman, J.  2003. 2nd ed.  Medical Entomology.  Springer.


Gold, R.E., and S.C. Jones. eds. 2000. Handbook of Household and Structural Insect Pests. Entomol. Soc. Amer., Lanham, MD.


Goddard, J., 2012. 6th ed.  Physicians’ Guide to Arthropods of Medical Importance. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.    


Heymann, D.L. ed. 2008. 19th ed. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual. Amer. Publ. Health Assn. (APHA), Washington, DC.


Hoy, M. A. 2013. 3rd ed. Insect Molecular Genetics: an Introduction to Principles and Applications.  Academic Press.


Levi, H.W., and L.R. Levi. 1990. Golden Guide [to] Spiders and their Kin. Golden Books, New York, NY.


Krantz G. W. and Walter D. E.eds.  2009.  3rd ed. A Manual of Acarology.  Texas Tech University Press.


Merritt, R.W., Cummins, K. W. and Berg, M. B. eds. 2008. 4th edAn Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America.  Kendall Hunt Publishing. 


Mullen, G.R., and L.A. Durden. eds. 2009. 2nd ed. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Academic Press, Orlando, FL.


Nation, J. L. 2015.  3rd ed. Insect Physiology and Biochemistry.  CRC Press.


Peters, W. 1992. A Colour Atlas of Arthropods in Clinical Medicine. Wolfe Publ., Ltd., London, UK.      


Service, M.  2012. 3rd edMedical Entomology for Students.  Cambridge University Press.


Stafford, III, K. 2004. Tick Management Handbook. Conn. Agric. Exper. Sta., New Haven, CT. and avail as PDF @ .   


Strickman, D., S. Frances, and M. Debboun. 2009. Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease.  Oxford Univ. Press, Inc., New York, NY.    


Triplehorn, C.A., and N. F. Johnson. 2005. 7th ed. Borror and DeLong’s Introduction to the Study of Insects. Thomson, Brooks/Cole, Belmont, CA.


Warrell, D., and H. Gilles. 2002. 4ed. Essential Malariology. Oxford Univ. Press, Inc., New York, NY.  


WHO. 2004. Global Strategic Framework for Integrated Vector Management. WHO, Geneva.


Wigglesworth, V. B.  1984.  8th ed. Insect Physiology. Springer.


Williams, R. 2010. Veterinary Entomology, Livestock and Companion Animals. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.    


Zim, H.S., and C. Cottam. 1987. Golden Guide [to] Insects. Western Publ. Co., Racine, WI (Div. of Golden Books, New York, NY).


Suggested Web Sites for Resources on Diseases, Vectors and Hazardous Arthropods.

World Health Organization (WHO):

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): ,

Armed Forces Pest Mangement Board (AFPMB):

American Mosquito Control Association. (AMCA): , then browse or use links.    National Pest Management Association (NMPA): , then browse. 

Lucid keys:    

American Arachnolological Society:

North American Forensic Entomology Association:   

Pan American Health Organization:

The Scorpion Files (Scorpion information):  

Euscorpius  (Scorpion information):

Clinical Toxicology Resources:     

WHO Pesticide Evaluation Scheme (WHOPES ):     

World Map(s) of Interactive disease distribution: 

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