Dr. Godbold graduated with honors from Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. In 1980, he established Stonehaven Park Veterinary Hospital in Jackson, Tennessee where he practices full time as a solo small animal practitioner for 33 years. Dr. Godbold currently works full time with Stonehaven Veterinary Consulting, teaching, and assisting colleagues as a consultant for laser surgery and laser therapy.

Since 1999, Dr. Godbold has pursued a special interest in surgical lasers and the use of other laser modalities in small animal practice. He has extensive experience with surgical and therapeutic lasers, has developed new surgical and therapeutic techniques, and assists equipment manufacturers with the development of new laser and laser associated technologies.

Dr. Godbold has published numerous papers, articles and chapters about the use of lasers in small animal practice. His publications have appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Laserpoints, The Feline Patient, The Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, and the Newsletter of the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society. He is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications, The Companion Therapy Laser Veterinary Advisory Board, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Godbold published the internationally distributed Atlas of CO2 Laser Surgery Procedures in 2002, with a new edition each year since. In 2009 Dr. Godbold published the Atlas of Class IV Laser Therapy – Small Animal, also updated with a new edition each year.

In high demand as a continuing education speaker, Dr. Godbold has led over 500 laser workshops, wet-labs, and continuing education meetings throughout the world.