Yesterday afternoon we took 16 Yukon Quest athletes for their pre-race veterinarian checks.
Around nine volunteer vets, six student and another half dozen vet-techs, plus several volunteers, were on hand to give each athlete a thorough exam.
I spoke with Dr Nina Hansen, the Head Veterinarian for the Yukon Quest, while she was examining Chena and I asked her about the pre-race check and what the vet team looks for at checkpoints during the race.
Prior to the checks we provide proof of up-to-date rabies, kennel cough, leptospirosis and 5-way (adenovirus cough and hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza and parvovirus) vaccinations for every dog. The vet team checks these off against each dog and use their microchip number as identification to ensure each dog is who we say it is.
You can see from the exam form that the physical exam is very thorough.
We are very happy to say that every dog passed so now Allen has the difficult task of narrowing his selection down to 14 of the best athletes.
Thank you to the vet team and volunteers for taking such good care of our dogs today. It is obvious everyone there loves dogs and our dogs respond in-kind. We look forward to working with you out on the trail!