Interview with David Duclos, DVM, a Pioneer in Veterinary Laser Dermatology

    In this interview David Duclos, DVM, DACVD, shares his experience using CO2 lasers that started back in 1990. Through the years Dr. Duclos has developed many novel dermatological laser treatments including the treatment of canine pododermatitis. Dr. Duclos currently uses a VetScaplel 4530 CO2 laser. “There is no other laser out there in veterinary medicine that is the equivalent to this one.”

    About Dr. Duclos (Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic)

    Dr. Duclos received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry from St. Martin’s College, in Lacey, Washington, and received his professional training at the School of Veterinary Medicine, WSU, and his degree in Veterinary Medicine (Cum Laude) from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. After graduation, he was engaged in private clinical practice in Forks, Washington, before going to the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, for his dermatology residency. After residency, he attained board-certification status, and in 1991, moved back to the Northwest to become the owner of the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, near Mill Creek, Washington.

    In addition to his duties as a specialist in the dermatology practice, Dr. Duclos contributed to the advancement of the specialty of veterinary dermatology by writing many articles, book chapters, and scientific papers on various subjects in the specialty of veterinary dermatology. He also gives continuing education lectures to veterinarians and their staff in the local Pacific Northwest region, as well as in other areas of the United States, Canada, and Europe. Dr. Duclos is well known in the veterinary dermatology specialty for his expertise in CO2 laser surgery and for his interest in clinical photography. Many veterinary dermatologists use his photographs in their lectures and publications. Dr. Duclos was the 2020 recipient of the American Laser Study Club’s Kumar Patel Prize for his outstanding contributions to veterinary dermatological laser surgery education, and for the development of the CO2 laser surgical treatment of canine pododermatitis.

    Dr. Duclos is also known for his discovery of interdigital follicular cysts as one of the causes of pododermatitis in dogs. He developed a special procedure using the CO2 laser, which can cure the cause of this condition in affected dogs. He has published several papers and given many veterinarians hands-on training in surgical laser techniques used in the treatment of canine pododermatitis.

    Thank you Dr. Duclos for your kind words and for allowing us to share your interview.