A laser is a device that produces an intense beam of light that in medicine can be used to cut through tissues during surgery. This tool can take place of the more traditional scalpel and scissors approach. This technology has been used in human surgery for decades and is increasingly becoming an important tool in veterinary practice as well. Benefits of laser surgery include reduced swelling, bleeding and bruising post operatively which contribute to faster recovery times and improve comfort after surgery. For over five years, veterinarians at Beaver Creek Animal Hospital have been using laser in various surgeries including spays, neuters, declaws and lump removals with great success.