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Many thanks

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Julie Ducrocq

Veterinarian at Ivakkak 2015
Julie has been a veterinarian for the last 15 years. She has also been coming up north for the last ten years on different assignments ranging from rabies vaccination in dogs to sampling caribou for disease. Besides working on the Ivakkak race for the last five years, she experienced working as a trail veterinarian on the Yukon Quest and races in Labrador as well.
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I want to take the time to thank a couple of persons or organizations that made this unique adventure possible. Many thanks to: – Makivik who invited me for a fifth year in a row to be the race veterinarian;…

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The Ivakkak awards ceremony

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The Ivakkak awards ceremony was held today in Puvirnituq at the community gymnasium with between 400-500 community members present. The awards ceremony was broadcasted live on TNI. Juani Beaulne, the Ivakkak coordinator, was the master of ceremonies. The top three…

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Ivakkak 2015 – Day 6 Race Results

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The Ivakkak dog team racers left Inukjuak at 10am today. There was a lively crowd there to support them as they left for their 77KM journey today. They travelled on land and went over some lakes. Allen Gordon could not continue the race…

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Vaccination against rabies

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Julie Ducrocq

Veterinarian at Ivakkak 2015
Julie has been a veterinarian for the last 15 years. She has also been coming up north for the last ten years on different assignments ranging from rabies vaccination in dogs to sampling caribou for disease. Besides working on the Ivakkak race for the last five years, she experienced working as a trail veterinarian on the Yukon Quest and races in Labrador as well.
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One of the prerequisite to participate in the Ivakkak race is that all dogs must be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a virus transmitted by saliva of infected animals and is an important disease for humans because it is considered…

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Dogs as athletes

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Julie Ducrocq

Veterinarian at Ivakkak 2015
Julie has been a veterinarian for the last 15 years. She has also been coming up north for the last ten years on different assignments ranging from rabies vaccination in dogs to sampling caribou for disease. Besides working on the Ivakkak race for the last five years, she experienced working as a trail veterinarian on the Yukon Quest and races in Labrador as well.
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Just as human athletes, sled dogs are prone to injuries, which are specific to the activity there trained for. In sled dogs, the majority of problems encountered are of musculoskeletal origin. We can see a lot of foot problems, from…

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Veterinary services up North

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Julie Ducrocq

Veterinarian at Ivakkak 2015
Julie has been a veterinarian for the last 15 years. She has also been coming up north for the last ten years on different assignments ranging from rabies vaccination in dogs to sampling caribou for disease. Besides working on the Ivakkak race for the last five years, she experienced working as a trail veterinarian on the Yukon Quest and races in Labrador as well.
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Unfortunately, there is no continuous veterinary service offered in Nunavik but some veterinarians occasionally visit the region. First of all, the Department of agriculture, fisheries and food (MAPAQ) of Quebec offers vaccination clinics for rabies and other common diseases, such…

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The dog ambulance

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Julie Ducrocq

Veterinarian at Ivakkak 2015
Julie has been a veterinarian for the last 15 years. She has also been coming up north for the last ten years on different assignments ranging from rabies vaccination in dogs to sampling caribou for disease. Besides working on the Ivakkak race for the last five years, she experienced working as a trail veterinarian on the Yukon Quest and races in Labrador as well.
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As many of you know, there are no roads between the villages in Nunavik. Ivakkak is one of the few sled dog races in the world where teams and support crew find themselves in complete autonomy, once on the land.…

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The 2015 Ivakkak Dog Team Race Has Begun

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Press Release – The 2015 Ivakkak Dog Team Race Has Begun Media Release: March 18, 2015 (Kuujjuaq, QC, March 18, 2015) – The 2015 Ivakkak Dog Team Race began yesterday in Kuujjuaraapik with 10 teams racing from the communities of…

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