APPLICATIONS OF LASER MODALITIES IN VETERINARY MEDICINE
Dr. Maria Judith Del Rosario-Yap
As in other facets of medical science, the use of lasers in veterinary medicine is a relatively new phenomenon. Economic aspects of the profession, as well as questionable returns on investment, have limited laser applications primarily to the academic community, research institutions, and specialty practices. However, this should not outweigh the benefits of what laser modalities can bring in clinical practice. Moreover, with the improvement of the technology, its use can now be further broadened into clinical practice. Furthermore, with the efficacy of this modality is proven, this should allow the integration of laser in surgeries and diagnosis to complement the current veterinary practice. The lecture aims to discuss the clinical safety of lasers and further understand its applications specifically in pain management and surgery. Towards the end is a cost-benefit analysis, which would help veterinarians understand whether they are ready to integrate and offer this kind of service to their long term clients.