• This book is a state-of-the-art reference to using surgical lasers to treat animal patients. Encompassing theory and practice, it emphasizes procedures, techniques, and equipment, with specific recommendations for laser settings. While most of the procedures emphasize surgeries on dogs and cats, this practical guide also dedicates chapters to equine, small mammal, avian, aquatic animal, and reptile surgeries, making it an excellent clinical reference for any busy veterinarian.

    The book begins with background information on the theory and science of laser surgery, then details specific surgical procedures with step-by-step instructions and accompanying photographs. The next section provides practical guidance for incorporating lasers into the veterinary practice, and the final section offers a look at the future of lasers in veterinary medicine and surgery. A companion website features video clips of surgery procedures.

    • Presents a state-of-the-art guide to using laser surgery in veterinary practice, from theory and procedures to techniques and equipment
    • Focuses on dogs and cats, including specialties such as ophthalmic laser surgery, laser neurosurgery, and photodynamic therapy, with chapters on equine, small mammal, avian, aquatic animal, and reptile surgeries
    • Draws on the experience of more than 20 experts in various areas
    • Provides practical advice for incorporating laser surgery into the veterinary practice, with the heart of the book devoted to specific surgical procedures
    • Includes specific recommendations for laser settings and techniques for the procedures discussed
    • Offers video clips demonstrating surgical techniques on a companion website

    Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine is an essential resource for anyone using surgical lasers in veterinary medicine, including veterinary students, practitioners, and specialists.

  • Dedication and Acknowledgements

    About the Editor



    List of Contributors


    About the companion website

    Part I - The Science of Laser Surgery

    1. Laser Physics and Equipment
    Peter Vitruk, PhD, DABLS

    2. Understanding and Utilizing Power Density
    Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS

    3. Laser-Tissue Interaction: Selecting a Laser for Surgery
    Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, DABLS, VMLSO

    4. The Ideal Laser Scalpel
    Peter Vitruk, PhD, DABLS

    5. Combining Laser Surgery with Laser Therapy (Photobiomodulation)
    David S. Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

    6. Laser Safety in the Operating Theater
    Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, DABLS, VMLSO

    Part II - Laser Surgery in Canines and Felines

    7. Elective Laser Surgery Procedures
    Paul Sessa, DVM, Andrew Brockfield, BSc.

    8. Oral Laser Surgery Procedures
    Jan Bellows, DVM, Diplomate AVDC, ABVP (canine and feline)

    9. Laser Surgery Procedures of the Nose and Throat
    Ray A. Arza, DVM

    10. Laser Surgery Procedures of the Ear
    Louis N. Gotthelf, DVM

    11. Periorbital and Eyelid Laser Surgery Procedures
    Daniel M. Core, DVM

    12. Ophthalmic Lasers for the Treatment of Glaucoma
    Noelle La Croix, DVM, Diplomate ACVO, Jay Wayne, PhD

    13. Dermatologic Laser Surgery Procedures
    David Duclos, DVM, Diplomate ACVD

    14. Urogenital and Perianal Laser Surgery Procedures.
    William E. Schultz, DVM

    15. Oncological Laser Surgery Procedures
    Devin Cunningham, DVM F. A. (Tony) Mann, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVECC

    16. Laser Photodynamic Therapy Procedures
    Katalin Kovács, DVM, PhD

    17. Surgical Lasers in Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Small Animal Procedures
    David S. Sobel, DVM, MRCVS

    18. Laser Neurosurgical Procedures
    Gaemia Tracy, DVM

    Part III - Laser Surgery in Equines

    19. Equine Laser Surgery Procedures
    Lloyd P. Tate, Jr., VMD, Diplomate ACVS, DABLS, Kathryn B. Tate, DVM

    Part IV - Laser Surgery in Exotics Species

    20. Laser Surgery in Small Exotic Animals (Small Mammals, Reptiles, and Avians)
    Eva Hadzima, DVM, MVDr , Maros Pazej DVM, MVDr, Katherine Weston, BSc.

    21. Laser Surgery in Aquatic Animals (Sea Turtles)
    Brooke M. Burkhalter, DVM, Terry M. Norton, DVM, Diplomate ACZM

    Part V - Integrating Surgical Lasers in Your Veterinary Practice

    22. Tips and Tricks for Veterinary Laser Surgeons
    Les Lattin

    23. Pain Management in Laser Surgery Procedures
    Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS

    24. Laser Surgery in the Mobile Practice
    Janine Sagris Dismukes, DVM

    25. Economic Considerations for Laser Surgery
    John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM

    Part VI - The Future of Lasers in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

    26. The Future of Lasers in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery
    Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, DABLS, VMLSO

    Appendix A: Glossary

    Appendix B: Certifying and Academic Laser Organizations

    Appendix C: Tables of Laser Surgical Settings


  • Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, DABLS, VMLSO, is a general practice veterinarian and veterinary laser surgeon at Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness and Laser Surgery Center in Selden, New York, USA.