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Ivakkak 2015 – Day 1 Race Results

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The 2015 Ivakkak dog team race began today at 10am in Kuujjuaraapik. The Ivakkak dog team racers travelled 83.5 KM today. Peter Itukallak arrived first after 7 hours and 19 minutes of racing. Novalinga Novalinga came in 2nd and Harry Okpik came in…

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Sled dogs have been bred and born to run

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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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If you’ve never been to the start of a sled dog race, it’s an experience to live once in your life. Generally mushers arrive at least an hour before departure to adequately prepare their gear and dog team. You’ll notice…

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First round of examination

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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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This week, over a hundred dogs were brought to Kuujjuarapik by plane and are now resting on the ice. A first round of examinations where accomplished on Saturday and the rest will be completed today. Up to now, the dog…

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Poop and parasites

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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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Deworming sled dogs months before the Ivakkak race is a standard of care. The presence of internal parasite in dogs is not only a reality in Nordic sled dogs but also in our domestic dogs down south. However, dogs in…

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An epic journey throughout the land

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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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For the past five years, I had the chance to monitor the health of dogs participating in Ivakkak, the annual traditional sled dog race held in Nunavik. Through this blog, I will talk about the ups and downs of a…

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