Introduction To Lasers For Use in Small Animal Endoscopic Procedures - Oct. 30, 2020

This one-day course will introduce practitioners to the use of various wavelengths of laser energy in small animal minimally invasive surgery.

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CE Hours: 8 CEU hours

Registration Fee: $995

Course Description

This one-day course will introduce practitioners to the use of various wavelengths of laser energy in small animal minimally invasive surgery. Attendees learn the basics of laser physics, laser-tissue interactions, and the safe and efficacious use of lasers in a variety of small animal endoscopic procedures. Didactic education will be followed by a 4-hour laboratory using cadaver specimens, biological models and endoscopic trainers. Participants will rotate through multiple stations performing respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and ear applications including lithotripsy and ectopic ureter correction. Prerequisite requires some exposure to endoscopic techniques.  

Bundle this course with Comprehensive Respiratory Endoscopy and/or Comprehensive Endourology and receive a 10% discounted registration rate for one of the two courses.


David Sobel, DVM, MRCVS

Dr.  Sobel began his veterinary training at the University of Glasgow in Scotland before returning to the US to receive his DVM from Tufts Veterinary School in 1992. He was on the staff of the Dover Veterinary Hospital during which time he received advanced training in human endoscopic surgery at the New England Medical Center in Boston. In 2000, he launched Metropolitan Veterinary Consultants, providing mobile endosurgical services across New England. 

Sobel was one of the first practitioners to adopt the use of lasers into minimally invasive surgery for companion animals, taking what had previously been purely diagnostic procedures into the realm of interventional surgical endoscopy.

He has lectured on endoscopy, endoscopic surgery and laser endoscopic surgery worldwide, including the North American Veterinary Conference, the North Carolina VMA, the Pennsylvania VMA, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine annual meeting, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Bristol University Veterinary School (UK), University of Sydney (Australia), Royal Veterinary College (UK), Hawaii VMA, BSAVA Congress (UK), EndoExpo, University Putra Malaysia, Purina Partners (Russia) and many others.

Sobel has served as a reviewer for the journal Veterinary Surgery. He is the co-editor and author of the BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Endoscopy and Endosurgery currently being revised for a second edition as well as having written extensively for other volumes on small animal endoscopic surgery, including the most recent edition of Ettinger et. al. Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Winkler’s Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine.  


Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020

8 a.m. - Breakfast and orientation
8:15 a.m. - Laser basics
10:15 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - Clinical applications of endoscopic lasers
12 p.m. - Lunch
1 p.m. - Laboratory (Rhinoscopy, Respiratory, Gastrointestinal, Endourology and Lithotripsy)
2:30 p.m. - Break
2:45 p.m. - Laboratory (continued)
5:30 p.m. - Conclusion

Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
  • If a course is cancelled for any reason, we are not be responsible for any charges related to travel.
  • Refunds are available for cancellations made 35 days prior to the beginning of the course. Cancellations less than 35 days before a course are nonrefundable but may be partially transferrable to a future.

Additional Information

  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.