Veterinary endoscopy is a minimally invasive technique for performing procedures through natural openings in the body or through one or more tiny holes rather than through large incisions.
By performing procedures endoscopically veterinarians offer their patients less pain, minimal recovery time and fewer complications. In many cases performing a procedure endoscopically allows for it to be done as an outpatient procedure, a less painful and traumatic alternative for both patient and owner.
At first, veterinary endoscopy was predominately used as a diagnostic tool. As the benefits were proven, its applications were expanded to include such things as the removal of foreign bodies, arthroscopic surgery and most recently laparoscopic spays.