Get an overview of laser technology and its applications in general practice. Learn techniques to get the best clinical results with your existing laser equipment – or the equipment you plan on getting – and get insights from research on how laser equipment works and what it does. Participants will engage in an interactive presentation of cases, protocols, and treatments on live canines.
This program is open to both veterinarians, who are responsible for patient examination and treatment prescriptions, and technicians, who perform the laser treatments.
Wednesday, Jan. 31 | 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. (lunch included!)
Orlando, FL at the FVMA headquarters
$85 registration fee for veterinarians and technicians
BOGO: Veterinarians who register at full price can bring one (1) technician/team member for FREE! Call us at (407) 851-3862 to claim this offer.
What Is Laser Therapy Used For?
Commonly used to treat musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, such as sprains and strains, and the resultant pain. In addition, some clinicians use it for osteoarthritis treatment and to stimulate and accelerate healing of wounds. Common applications include:
■ Chronic arthritis
■ Surgical incisions
■ Tendon and ligament injuries
According to AAHA, the main clinical benefits of laser therapy use in pets include decreased inflammation, decreased pain, and improved wound healing due to vasodilation, endorphin release, decreased inflammation, and muscle relaxation.
Why Invest in Laser Therapy Technology?
Increases Revenue and Value of Current Procedures!
Laser therapy can be used in conjunction with or in place of medication to manage pain, inflammation, and wound healing. It represents both a new offering for practices as well as an add on service to improve procedures already offered. Laser therapy, as known as photobiomodulation, is often performed by veterinary technicians. Technicians take the leading role in laser safety, training, client education, and record keeping.
Average Length of Laser Therapy Sessions:
■ 15 to 30 minutes
(Number of sessions and frequency of treatments dependent on the injury)
Average Cost of Laser Therapy:
■ $25 to $75 per session
(Depending on the length of exposure required)
Treatment can go on for several weeks. The treatment of chronic conditions may be treated weekly and often represent a new treatment offering for clinics newly entering the laser therapy market. The treatment of surgical incisions and open wounds, which often require daily treatment, allow clinics the chance to offer improved treatment of procedure already offered.
How to Create a Solid Revenue Stream
Sound offers a range of pricing suggestions ($8-35) based on procedure. Some of these ‘smaller’ procedures like Post-Surgical Incisions or Oral Treatments ($8-$15) are so minimally priced they are “virtually unnoticeable” to the client. These ‘smaller’ procedures can then add up to “a solid revenue stream” when they become standard practice (especially when coupled with already routine procedures like surgery or dental treatments) and can keep clients coming through the door more often (Sound Vet).
Clinics may consider offering bundle treatments to entice clients with discount offers while simultaneously ensuring routine and variety of treatment.
Will Laser Therapy Work at Your Practice?
Would your clients do anything for their pets?
Do they invest in their pet’s health and well-being? Is their pet part of the family?
When considering bringing laser therapy to your clinic, you have to consider if it’s worth it – who will want this offering, and who will actually pay for this service? Many people may see laser as a luxury, but these types of services set you apart and give you a competitive edge.
What Is the Market Saying?
In a market seeing mass spending by pet owners who prioritize their four-legged children and view them as cherished family members, ‘luxury’ and ‘add-on’ services are quickly becoming a very profitable norm. US pet owner spending has exceeded $100 billion in the last few years, with more people than ever owning pets, and these trends aren’t letting up.
Now is the perfect time to grow your skillset and increase your pet wellness offerings with the FVMA’s laser therapy wet lab.
Kim Bissing, BS, CPDT-KA
Kim Bissing is a highly experienced and dedicated professional with a diverse background in the field of animal care and training. Before her current roles, she served as the Floor Manager and Head Dog Trainer at East Orlando Animal Hospital, an AAHA Accredited practice, where, she oversaw daily clinic operations, created and executed protocols, provided staff training and education, and focused on client compliance and customer service. Kim’s expertise in cold laser therapy, behavior modification, and dog training enriched the services provided at the hospital. As the Owner and Head Trainer of Beyond The Leash Dog Training in Orlando, Florida, Kim manages all aspects of this successful dog training business.
Kim Bissing, BS, CPDT-KA
Kim Bissing is a highly experienced and dedicated professional with a diverse background in the field of animal care and training. As the Owner and Head Trainer of Beyond The Leash Dog Training in Orlando, Florida, Kim manages all aspects of this successful dog training business.
Before her current roles, she served as the Floor Manager and Head Dog Trainer at East Orlando Animal Hospital, an AAHA Accredited practice, where, she oversaw daily clinic operations, created and executed protocols, provided staff training and education, and focused on client compliance and customer service. Kim’s expertise in cold laser therapy, behavior modification, and dog training enriched the services provided at the hospital.
Frequently Asked Questions
This program #20-1113112 is pending AAVSB/RACE approval for 3 continuing education credits. For your convenience in recording your CE hours, one certificate will be included in your registration packet. It is your responsibility to document the sessions you attend and the number of hours you receive. Conference attendees’ CE hours will be reported to AAVSB/RACEtrack.
The registration fee is $85 for veterinarians and technicians. Veterinarians who register at full price can bring one (1) technician/team member for free. Please call the FVMA at (407) 851-3862 to claim this special offer.
Each registration pass includes access to the entire 3-hour wet lab session, lunch, and a coffee break.
Yes, certificates will be distributed on the same day as the session.
The cancellation deadline with a $25 administrative fee is December 31, 2023. After this date, a 50% fee of $42.50 applies, unless the FVMA successfully assigns your seat to another attendee. If the FVMA fills your seat, you will receive a refund for the total amount, minus a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations should be submitted to the FVMA in writing via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and acknowledged by December 31, 2023.