USask hosts sled dog education event

SASKATOON – The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) invite media to attend the Canadian Challenge, a sled dog racing education event.

Wednesday, Jan. 30
Media interviews begin at 12 pm
Ryan/Dubé Equine Performance Centre, WCVM
103 Veterinary Ct
University of Saskatchewan

Available for interviews: 

  • Head veterinarian (2019 Canadian Challenge): Dr. Kate Robinson, assistant professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, WCVM.
  • President, 2019 Canadian Challenge: Stefaan De Marie, Christopher Lake, Sask. 

Dr. Robinson will demonstrate the steps involved in a veterinary examination and the veterinary team’s role during the race. Canadian Challenge representatives will talk about the teams’ training and race preparation, plus students will have a chance to learn more about the sled dog team’s equipment, routines and best practices. There will also be several sled dogs on site.

Dr. Kate Robinson, assistant professor in the WCVM’s Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, has been part of the Canadian Challenge’s veterinary team since 2010 and will serve as the race’s head veterinarian in 2019. In addition, this is the first year that the WCVM is operating a two-week clinical rotation focusing on the Canadian Challenge.

About the Canadian Challenge: The annual Canadian Challenge sled dog race is Canada's premier dog sled race and a qualifying race for the Yukon Quest and Iditarod qualifier. Over the years, the race has attracted teams from across Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, Serbia and Belgium. In 2019, the event will take place from Feb. 19-23 in Northern Saskatchewan. 



For more information, contact:

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
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