2018 ISDVMA Veterinary Training Seminar: Anchorage, Alaska

Tuesday, February 27 - Thursday, March 1, 2018

The ISDVMA and Iditarod Trail Committee are joining forces to present a training seminar from Tuesday through Thursday, February 27-March 1, 2018, for individuals interested in sled dog medicine and preparing for race participation as trail veterinarians. This program has been developed in response to the increasing demand for greater expertise and involvement in competitive mushing events, of which the Iditarod Sled Dog Race is premier. Lectures relevant to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of conditions affecting sled dogs during training and racing, as well as participation in the Iditarod pre-race veterinary exams, are included in the agenda. In addition, preparation of veterinarians for working and living in remote checkpoints under potentially severe weather conditions, will be emphasized.

Participants in the seminar are encouraged to stay a few extra days. The Musher Banquet on Thursday, March 1, makes for an entertaining evening. Downtown Anchorage is where the 1049 mile Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race starts on Saturday, March 3, and on Sunday, the restart is in Willow, about a two-hour drive from Anchorage.

Pre-Registration Fees:
ISDVMA Member $275 USD
ISDVMA Non-Member $325 USD

Pre-Registration Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2018

Registration Fees after February 20, 2018: Additional $50 (NOTE: Please make sure to also add this to the cart when checking out of PayPal, or your registration will NOT be complete).


Location: Lakefront Hotel
4800 Spenard Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99517

Register below via PayPal:

ISDVMA Veterinary Training Seminar

If you choose to pay by check, the mailing address is ISDVMA, PO BOX 52, Marlboro, VT, 05344. You will receive a conformation once payment has been received.

Additional information:
Please contact the Lakefront Hotel for room reservations and inform them that you are attending the seminar, which will entitle you to reduced rates.

Lakefront Hotel
4800 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99517
Phone: 1-800-544-0553
Fax: 907-243-8815

HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15, 2018. Register and reserve your room soon. Space is limited. I hope to see you there!


Stuart Nelson, Jr., DVM
Chief Veterinarian Iditarod 2018


Randall J. Basaraba, DVM, PhD
Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Pathology, Associate Professor, Colorado State
College of Veterinary Medicine

Peter D. Constable, BVSc, MS, PhD
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and Amercian College of Veterinary Nutrition, MS and PhD in cardiovascular physiology and Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois

Justine A. Lee, DVM
Diplomate, American Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (DACVECC), DABT, CEO, VETgirl, LLC.

William D. Liska, DVM
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Founder Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, Texas

Stuart L. Nelson, Jr., DVM
Veterinary practitioner, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Iditarod Chief Veterinarian 1996 to present, and member of the ISDVMA Board of Directors.

Karin E. Schmidt, DVM
Veterinary practitioner, Anchorage, Alaska, Iditarod and Yukon Quest finisher, and former Yukon Quest and Iditarod Chief Veterinarian


TUESDAY February 27, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 Stuart L. Nelson, Jr.
Checkpoint Protocol: Criteria for Evaluating the Racing Sled Dog by Physical Exam

9:15 – 10:15 Justine A. Lee
Emergency Medicine Protocols (Part 1)

10:30 – 11:30 Justine A. Lee
Emergency Medicine Protocols (Part 2)

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Stuart L. Nelson, Jr.
Checkpoint Protocol: Trail Medications

1:45 – 2:30 Karin E. Schmidt
Training the Sled Dog for Athletic Competition

2:30 – 3:00 Karin E. Schmidt
Foot Lesions: Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention

3:15 – 4:15 Stuart L. Nelson, Jr.
Drug Testing Program: A Study in Chain of Custody and Clearance Times

4:30 – 5:30 Stuart L. Nelson, Jr.
Checkpoint Protocol: Preparing the Veterinarian for Trail Responsibilities; Dropped Dog Care and Management

WEDNESDAY February 28, 2018

8:00 - 4:00 Iditarod Pre-Race Veterinary Exams

THURSDAY March 1, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 William D. Liska
Sled Dog Orthopedic Topics (Part 1)

9:15 – 10:15 William D. Liska
Sled Dog Orthopedic Topics (Part 2)

10:30 – 11:30 Peter D. Constable
Alaskan Sled Dogs and the Athlete’s Heart (Part 1)

11:45 – 12:45 Peter D. Constable
Alaskan Sled Dogs and the Athlete’s Heart (Part 2)

12:45 – 2:00 Lunch

2:00 – 3:00 Peter D. Constable
Sled Dog Nutrition

3:15 – 4:15 Randall J. Basaraba
Information Acquisition through Pathological Studies

Individual licensing authorities may require additional documentation such as registration receipts or other program information. Final determination of the acceptance of a program for CE accrual is the responsibility of the individual licensing authority. Contact your state veterinary board for CE requirements

Additional questions:

What should you bring?
Bring yourself, paper and pen to take notes, and a good attitude. Also, bring things to participate in the pre-race veterinary dog checks (e.g,, exams) on Wednesday such as warm clothes, stethoscope, hand warmers, hand disinfectant, clothes to change into, pencils, thermometers, etc.

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