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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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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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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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