In light of the recent events associated with Iditarod Sled Dog Race 2017, the ISDVMA wanted to reiterate our mission statement and position statement:
- ISDVMA's mission is to enhance the well-being, welfare and safety of sled dogs
- ISDVMA fully supports anti-doping regulations and testing to ensure the safety of sled dogs
- ISDVMA is firmly against the use of any performance-enhancing drug that can mask symptoms of illness or injury of our canine athletes
- ISDVMA believes that sled dog race organizations are responsible for the enforcement and regulations for their events
ISDVMA believes all sled dogs should have a home providing secure shelter and bedding, food, water, exercise, and socialization with people and other dogs. ISDVMA believes that there should be a birth to retirement plan for every dog ensuring good quality through all stages of the dog's life.