Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine Book Released

    book cover for laser surgery in veterinary medicine winkler 2019“Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine” is an essential resource for anyone using surgical lasers in veterinary medicine, including veterinary students, practitioners, and specialists. This 392-page book is now available.

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    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.

    Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine Highlights

    • 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

    Table of Contents

    • Dedication and Acknowledgements
    • About the Editor
    • Foreword
    • Preface
    • List of Contributors
    • Disclaimer
    • About the companion website

    Part I – The Science of Laser Surgery

    1. Laser Physics and Equipment – Peter Vitruk, PhD
    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
    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

    1. Elective Laser Surgery Procedures – Paul Sessa, DVM, Andrew Brockfield, BSc.
    2. Oral Laser Surgery Procedures – Jan Bellows, DVM, Diplomate AVDC, ABVP (canine and feline)
    3. Laser Surgery Procedures of the Nose and Throat – Ray A. Arza, DVM
    4. Laser Surgery Procedures of the Ear – Louis N. Gotthelf, DVM
    5. Periorbital and Eyelid Laser Surgery Procedures – Daniel M. Core, DVM
    6. Ophthalmic Lasers for the Treatment of Glaucoma – Noelle La Croix, DVM, Diplomate ACVO, Jay Wayne, PhD
    7. Dermatologic Laser Surgery Procedures – David Duclos, DVM, Diplomate ACVD
    8. Urogenital and Perianal Laser Surgery Procedures. – William E. Schultz, DVM
    9. Oncological Laser Surgery Procedures – Devin Cunningham, DVM F. A. (Tony) Mann, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVECC
    10. Laser Photodynamic Therapy Procedures – Katalin Kovács, DVM, PhD
    11. Surgical Lasers in Minimally Invasive and Endoscopic Small Animal Procedures – David S. Sobel, DVM, MRCVS
    12. Laser Neurosurgical Procedures – Gaemia Tracy, DVM

    Part III – Laser Surgery in Equines

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

    Part IV – Laser Surgery in Exotics Species

    1. Laser Surgery in Small Exotic Animals (Small Mammals, Reptiles, and Avians) – Eva Hadzima, DVM, MVDr , Maros Pazej DVM, MVDr, Katherine Weston, BSc.
    2. 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

    1. Tips and Tricks for Veterinary Laser Surgeons – Les Lattin
    2. Pain Management in Laser Surgery Procedures – Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS
    3. Laser Surgery in the Mobile Practice – Janine Sagris Dismukes, DVM
    4. Economic Considerations for Laser Surgery – John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM

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

    1. 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
    • Index

    The Authors


    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.


    • Ray A. Arza, DVM
    • Jan Bellows, DVM, Diplomate AVDC, ABVP (canine and feline)
    • Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS
    • David S. Bradley, DVM, FASLMS
    • Andrew Brockfield, BSc.
    • Brooke M. Burkhalter, DVM
    • Daniel M. Core, DVM
    • Devin Cunningham, DVM
    • Janine S. Dismukes, DVM
    • David Duclos, DVM, Diplomate ACVD
    • John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM
    • Louis N. Gotthelf, DVM
    • Eva Hadzima, DVM, MVDr
    • Katalin Kovacs, DVM, PhD
    • Noelle La Croix, DVM, Diplomate ACVO
    • Les “Laser Les” Lattin
    • F. A. (Tony) Mann, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVECC
    • Terry M. Norton, DVM, Diplomate ACZM
    • Maros Pazej, DVM, MVDr
    • William E. Schultz, DVM
    • Paul Sessa, DVM
    • David S. Sabel, DVM, MRCVS
    • Kathryn B. Tate, DVM
    • Lioyd P. Tate, Jr., VMD, Diplomate ACVS, DABLS
    • Gaemia Tracy, DVM
    • Peter Vitruk, PhD
    • Jay Wayne, PhD
    • Katherine Weston, BSc
    • Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, DABLS, VMLSO

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