Low level laser therapy is widely used in veterinary medicine. LLLT is used for the treatment of pain, wounds, problems of the locomotor system and the skin and in veterinary acupuncture.

Veterinarians, veterinary physiotherapists, and veterinary practitioners employ laser therapy primarily to treat painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system, to promote or activate wound healing processes, and to treat skin diseases. A widespread form of application is its combination with laser acupuncture, which especially in animals can hardly be replaced by needle acupuncture.

Cold, bundled light from the red and infrared spectrum can impact inhibited and impaired metabolic processes at the cellular level. Diseased tissue can heal faster and more sustainably. Laser therapy does not warm up the tissue. Consequently, with a few exceptions (e.g. highly infectious dermal inflammations), inflammatory processes are not contraindicated.

How does laser therapy work?

Here is an introduction to laser phototherapy and its mode of action: LLLT – What Is Laser Therapy?


This is an introduction to the research into laser phototherapy – Introduction to LLLT 1-3.

Our archive comprises abstracts of articles and full-text studies (meta-analyses, RCTs, expert studies, etc.) on basic LLLT research, on LLLT with specific indications – especially on pain therapy and wound healing – on laser acupuncture and, moreover, application protocols for medical practice. This archive is part of the section “Research”.

Application protocols

On this page we also post protocols on the application of LLLT for the treatment of specific disease patterns in veterinary medicine. Veterinary experts in laser phototherapy and laser acupuncture are passing on their experiences and make recommendations for treatments.

Application protocols on laser therapy and laser acupuncture in veterinary medicine are available in the section “Research”.

You are invited to participate in this forum. Share your experiences with the application of LLLT and specific indications. Please use our standardized protocol form for your therapy protocols. To make sure that treatments with LLLT can be compared with each other and transferred to other laser systems, e.g., all laser parameters must be indicated.

The standardized protocol form (example of study parameters) can be downloaded here.